Tag: Bon Jovi


    New Jersey native and famously mullet-ed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been a hair-metal mainstay for more than 30 years. His success, as well as the band’s, was not only the result of his co-writing with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, but also his game-changing axe skills and solos. On the occasion of the great […]

  • The Empire State Building’s Halloween

    Marc Brickman, who is known for spectacularly illuminating concerts from Pink Floyd to Bon Jovi, puts on a spooky light show with music at the Empire State Building. Can’t make it? You can watch it here. Thu., Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m., 2013

  • Pontiac Firebird Variations Drives Into the Ice Factory

    Act One, Scene Four of Richard III is pretty dramatic. The Duke of Clarence—treacherous Richard’s brother—languishes in the Tower of London, imprisoned by Richard himself. Soon, the tyrant’s hit men arrive to kill Clarence—but first, they must silence their own consciences, quelling sudden fears of eternal damnation. Pontiac Firebird Variations, Casey Wimpee’s adaptation (now at […]


    Though I was born too late to enjoy an ’80s prom myself, I may once have actively requested Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” at a junior high semiformal. Conversely, this interactive show aims to give nostalgia musicals a good name when it invites audiences to drink, dance, and vote for prom king […]

  • George Condo Makes Mark Rothko See Red

    The George Condo retrospective at the New Museum has already received as much ink as the place garnered for any show in 2010. A crowd pleaser—the museum reports record attendance since opening night—the exhibition has been variously described as “a delight,” “sensational,” and, in the words of one clever crank, a show of truly awful […]

  • The Slackers

    The last time you heard ska in a bowling alley, it was “Santeria” by Sublime. Tonight, New York outfit the Slackers will draw upon their highly listenable blend of garage rock-steady with covers both classic (Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”) and kitsch (Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”). While their personal fare tends to skew […]


    Do you watch Glee with considerable . . . glee? Has the cast recording of Rock of Ages worn out the wheel of your iPod? Then Mike Todaro has a show for you. He’s created a piece he calls, “part comedy, part interactive game show, and a genuine joy ride” to the sounds of Guns […]

  • Bon Jovi

    When the B to the J hits the Meadowlands, a phalanx of Chrysler Sebrings descend on the stadium like so many VTOL assault ships, disembarking payloads of forty-somethings straight through the crash doors and into a humongous portal to their youth. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” even the dunderheaded stomp […]

  • The 2010 Grammy Live Blog: Where Puns Happen

    As we tend to do for various events crucial to the pop diaspora, we’ve asked expert critics Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to sit in at SOTC for the evening and live blog the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Perhaps you remember their 2009 MTV VMA work? They really do this. Gentlemen? 8:00pm Ryan: First thing: […]

  • Anvil

    Riding the Spinal Tap ticket into the spotlight, Canadian heavy-metal group Anvil will perform tonight alongside the painfully real documentary about them—the tongue-in-cheek, redundantly titled Anvil: The Story of Anvil—which has won indie film-fest awards. The flick chronicles why, after touring with no less than Bon Jovi in ’84, the group was playing to five-person […]