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Perfectly coiffed hairdos aside, Bon Jovi always straddled that perilous divide between rock credibility and pure pop fluff. Still, there’s no doubt about the band’s commercial viability. With massive hits “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” among others, and album sales in excess of 120 million, Bon Jovi’s one of the most successful American bands of all time.

The New Jersey band’s recent dabbling in country music confused matters, but it also expanded their following. “Who Says You Can't Go Home,” featuring Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, garnered a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. And 2007’s Lost Highway boasts contributions from LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich. Nevertheless, Bon Jovi’s early hits still hold sway. During January’s Grammy telecast, 250,000 online voters selected “Living on a Prayer” for the band to perform.
Sun., April 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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