March roars in with a cold, blustery entrance, but never fear, help is headed here. Skip the shiver, go straight to shake it up with some hot rocking fun from Bon Jovi, hitting the metro area Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Jersey’s junior rockers, Bon Jovi is a harder, flashier bunch than The Boss, but still basic blue collar/working class with their own ’80s era twist on heartland and homeland. They bring their 2013 “Because We Can” tour to town in support of their upcoming album, “What About Now,” set for release March 12 on Island Records.
Front man/lead vocalist/namesake Jon Bon Jovi is joined by Richie Sambora, guitar/backing vocals; David Bryan, keyboards/backing vocals; Tico Torres, drums/backing vocals, plus unofficial member Hugh McDonald, bass/backing vocals. Their three-decade career has been highlighted by 11 studio releases, selling 130 million albums worldwide. They’ve also put on some 2,700 concerts in 50 countries with an estimated 35 million fans.
Originally emerging in 1983, the band’s third album, “Slippery When Wet” in 1986, finally broke the band into global popularity and stardom. Their fourth release, “New Jersey,” (1988) also was successful. Then for the next decade Bon Jovi raked in a string of 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, with four No. 1 tunes in 1988. Between 1986 and1995, Bon Jovi had 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, four of which made it all the way to the coveted No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Not too bad for a gang of Jersey boys led by a front man whose hair length often got headline coverage.
In 2000, the hit single “It’s My Life” brought the band into a new century and into the hearts of younger audiences as the band continued to evolve and mature.
Over the years, Bon Jovi’s sound has touched on a wide range of styles from rock, hard rock, glam, and maybe a bit of metal, to mainstream rock and even country thanks to 2007’s “Lost Highway.” The band brought it all back around with the album “The Circle” in 2009.
The band’s upcoming release, “What About Now,” questions the present and future, but overall this troupe of Jersey-born arena rocking cowboys has carved out popularity across age groups and genres with their talent, tenacity and truth.
Whether anthems or ballads, sing-alongs or guitar-driven power tunes, Bon Jovi’s arena-rock savvy and melodic skills have always made the music accessible and real with common everyday appeal.
Jon Bon Jovi even manages a “Renaissance man” persona, thanks to his charismatic appeal along with a variety of sidelines from movie actor and filmmaker to philanthropist with charities such as Habitat for Humanity.
Well-rounded rockers with broad appeal, they are “the ones who stood their ground.” Witness a rockin’ “blaze of glory” with Bon Jovi live Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. For information call 704-688-9000 or visit timewarnercablearena.com. For ticket info, call 800-745-3000. Find more on the music at bonjovi.com.
Take in a show from featured singer/songwriter Caleb Caudle live Monday at The Evening Muse in Charlotte. One reviewer found much merit, referred lavishly to Caudle’s “jaw-droppingly fine songs steeped in classic Earle, Ely, Clark, McMurtry and Van Zandt,” That’s heady territory.
Caudle is a North Carolina resident with assorted experience from working solo to being part of a band to collaborating with other artists. More recently, Caudle has focused on the simpler stance of roots rock and sparse arrangements.
Whether he is singing about heartbreak and melancholy or going full blast with “stomps, whistles, and rolling banjos,” Caudle’s aim is to make it all real. He’s touring heavily 2013, so catch up with Caleb Caudle along with guest Caitlin Cary Monday at The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. For show info, call 704-376-3737 or visit eveningmuse.com.
• Friday: Dreadnots at The Kickin Pig, Rock Hill; Carolina Reign at The End Zone, Rock Hill; LSD with Lee Johnson at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Dunder Chiefs at Thursdays Too, Rock Hill; White Knuckle Black Out, Akarsha, Annabel Leigh, Crimson Countess, Sovereign at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; Trial by Fire-Journey Tribute at Hickory Tavern-Rivergate, Steele Creek, Charlotte; The Lonely Biscuits, Lucky Five, Old Soles at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; David Michael Band at Dakota’s Sports Bar and Grill, Monroe; Michael Tracy and Joe Davis-Skydog Woody Project at Stooges’ Pub, Mint Hill; BorderTown at Badfish Bar and Billiards, Matthews; American Aquarium with Elonzo at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Randy Allen with Southern Express at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Richard Shindell; Seth Glier with Liz Longley at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and The Drive South Band at Rock House, Gastonia.
• Saturday: Hoodwinked at Luke’s Sports Bar and Grille, Rock Hill; The Mighty RhythmBusters Band at The Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Sandbar Grille, Rock Hill; The Eddie Barnette Band at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Cement Stars, Modern Man, Knives and Daggers, Jah Sun Rising at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Leadville Social Club, The Loudermilks at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Pinetop Lightning with Josh Sanders at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; The Tracy Taylor Band at Smokey Joe’s Café, Charlotte; Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Big Al’s Pub, Charlotte; Deathzone, Earthruler, Mixmaster David, more at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Metal Shop at Rockhouse Barn and Billiards, Gastonia.
• Sunday: Incognito Mosquito, Duende Mountain Duo, Asleep at the Wheel at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
• Monday: Monday Nite All Stars at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; and Open Mic with 3 Piece Buckett at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Electric Open Mic Night at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; Mushroomhead, Gemini Syndrome, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; and Dropkick Murphys at The Fillmore, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Ladies’ Night at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; Songs of Water at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Bronze Radio Return, The Dunwells at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Holly Williams at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; and The Smith Outfit at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
Thursday: Sun-Dried Vibes, Treehouse, Doco at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; Early Ray at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Who’s Bad-Michael Jackson Tribute at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; and Cody Canada and The Departed at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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