Bon Jovi returns to Malaysia after 20 years

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KUALA LUMPUR - It's been a long wait, but Bon Jovi's back after 20 years and raring to rock Stadium Merdeka tomorrow night.

Although Teresa Teng's The Moon Represents My Heart probably won't make it into the set, fans can expect to scream until they are hoarse because the band will be singing hits from a career spanning over three decades.

Asked if he would be performing the Man­da­rin classic he uploaded on YouTube recently, frontman Jon Bon Jovi joked that it was a one-time thing because "I learn like a parrot".

Speaking at a press conference with drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan yesterday, Bon Jovi said fans could expect to sing along to favourites such as Livin' On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, It's My Life, Have A Nice Day, the Grammy-winning Who Says You Can't Go Home and songs from their new album Burning Bridges.

Hailed as the world's top touring act for the last five years, the band has sold 130 million records and performed over 2,900 concerts worldwide.

Apologising to their Malaysian fans "for taking so long to come back", Bon Jovi thanked them for their support.

"We've built our reputation on being a great live band. And, we have an extensive catalogue of classic and timeless music.

"We were fortunate enough to have songs that people made their own. Around the globe, people said 'I'm Tommy and Gina' (Livin' On A Prayer) and It's My Life is about me.

"When I'm firing on all cylinders, I don't sing the songs, the songs sing me," he said.

Despite being together for 32 years, the band does not take its fans and fame for granted.

"We practised today. I still take singing lessons," Bon Jovi said.

Torres said those going for the concert could expect "to make some magic" with the band.

"You guys know how to rock. We appre­ciate audience participation," he said, urging concert-goers to sing along.

The band arrived yesterday but had yet to enjoy Malaysian food.

On what's changed since the band was last here in 1995, the trio quipped: "Lots more taller buildings - progress!"

For tickets, log on to www.ticket­charge.com.my

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