‘Thanks, Bon Jovi!’
John Berger / firstname.lastname@example.org
By John Berger
“Uncle Tom” Moffatt, center, congratulated Kings of Spade moments before they opened for Bon Jovi Feb. 11 at Blaisdell Arena.
The group — Jesse Savio, left, DJ A2Z, Matty D, Kasi Nunes, Max Benoir and Obi 1 — beat out stiff competition in a contest to determine who would open the show. Nunes told the crowd she’d been a fan since seventh grade — and held up her vintage band poster to prove it.
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Bon Jovi launches worldwide tour in Honolulu
Photos by Cindy Ellen Russell / email@example.com
By Jason Genegabus
Bon Jovi kicked off their 2010 tour in support of “The Circle” with the first of two Honolulu concerts on Thursday.
Hawaii-based band Kings of Spade opened the show; Bon Jovi returns to the stage at Blaisdell Arena at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Here are a few pictures that Star-Bulletin staff photographer Cindy Ellen Russell took; commentary is courtesy of my Twitter stream (@sonecessary):
8:05 p.m. – Kings of Spade. Kings of Spade. KINGS OF SPADE. That was the local opener.
8:16 p.m. – Looks like we’re getting started at the Blaisdell… Bon Jovi time!
8:17 p.m. – There’s no screen blocking off the rear of the stage, so people are sitting there. Video screens on either side of the stage = Easy to see.
8:20 p.m. – Nearly full house at Blaisdell Arena… And boy do they love some Bon Jovi. Lots of hand-clapping around me.
8:28 p.m. – Jon Bon Jovi really can still command a crowd. Nearly everyone here is standing and singing along!
8:37 p.m. – Brazil… Germany… Holland… Japan… Lots of international fans in Honolulu for Bon Jovi tonight.
9:04 p.m. – Seeing a band at the start of their tour is always better than catching the last show. Can tell Bon Jovi is jazzed to be back on the road.
9:58 p.m. – The pants may not be as tight, the shoes more about comfort and the hair not as long, but Jon Bon Jovi still gives 110 percent.