Bon Jovi, along with AEG and some of Denver’s finest joined forces on Friday, January 21, 2011 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Colorado based Center for Dependency Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) and more importantly to raise funds for their continuing effort to restore lives through their rehabilitation programs. The event kicked off with a silent auction and dinner that was only rivaled by a performance from one of our generations most legendary rock stars, Bon Jovi.
Befittingly the New Jersey boys were greeted with a Mile High welcome from none other than local legend and sports hero, John Elway whose presence alone excited the Denver crowd more than any opening band could have done. The excitement only escalated when Bon Jovi took the stage with the commanding presence of their very fit and healthly looking frontman Jon, who wore skinny jeans accentuated by a fitted black t-shirt. Playing an explosive set that was dominated by many of his classic hits he rewarded the charitable crowd with his signature pure unfiltered rock. He easily elicited crowd participation with songs like, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Dead or Alive” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. Mid set he took a minute to casually chat up the party even borrowing a poster a woman close to the stage had made that read “My husband hates you because he knows I dream about you.” He wittily responded by explaining that many men have been the benefactors of those dreams and favorable female moods as a result of his music and concluded, “There are a lot of men in this world who owe me a debt of gratitude.”
Though Bon Jovi as well as the band surrounding him has matured with dignity they still haven’t lost the ability to entertain like they did 20 years ago or to make the ladies swoon. The overall performance was classy, polished and laid back giving evidence that Bon Jovi still loves to play and perform as much as the crowd, who ranged in age from young children to grandparents, clearly still love his music and everything encompassed in his artistry. Saving perhaps his best for last Bon Jovi and company closed the evening on the wings of rock ballad, “Living on a Prayer” to which even the most sophisticated party goers were on their feet, dancing and cheering wildly for more. Bon Jovi graciously accommodated, returning to the stage for a dose of “Bad Medicine”.
There may not be a more dynamic combination of satisfaction than an evening spent raising funds for a worthy organization coupled with some classic stadium style Bon Jovi rock. As an artist and rock legend Bon Jovi continues to dominate the stage and proves he belongs alongside such greats as Elvis and The Beatles, who have all left an indelible mark on Rock music spanning the generations.
For More Information on the Center for Dependency Addiction and Rehabilitation Visit: www.CeDARColorado.org
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