When it comes to sing-along '80s rock, it doesn’t get better than Bon Jovi. Anthems like “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Dead Or Alive” continue to light up arenas—and car interiors—with lively enthusiasm. The New Jersey natives kicked off their worldwide “Because We Can” tour earlier in the year, but not without meeting adversity along the way. In April, guitarist Richie Sambora left the tour due to “personal reasons” and drummer Tico Torres required medical attention twice in September. So now, Canadian-born guitarist Phil X fills in for Sambora, while Rich Scannella picks up drumming duties until Torres resumes his role. Despite the unforeseen challenges the “Because We Can” tour encountered, front man Jon Bon Jovi plans to belt out his beloved hits this week at the Honda Center—and remind us all why we liked hair bands in the first place.
Wed., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2013