Newsflash! Jon Bon Jovi's voice ain't what it used to be. Another newsflash, no one's voice is.

In Saint Paul, critics said it was "Living On A Prayer." In Raliegh, they question if there's a deeper issue when he sang "Wanted Dead Or Alive." You can see the fans react. In Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Voxies opened, critics say "it's nowhere near perfect" but they then ask, and I agree, "Does it matter?

When you go see a classic rock concert are you really expecting to hear the music replicated the way you heard it the first time or are you going to relive the experience of your youth and how much fun it was to be at a Bon Jovi show?

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Did you wear your fringe jacket? If not, did you feel like you had it on even though you haven't had it in years? Did you scream your head off and sing along as well?

Did the band make you feel young again? If you want to keep that feeling, don't look around at the audience that's where reality sets in.

If Bon Jovi can't sing the way he used to, I'm OK with that. He makes up for it in other ways.

Jon Bon Jovi Portrait Session
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Bon Jovi probably does more for his fans, especially those who can't afford to be at his concerts than most rockers ever would. He spent the pandemic working at his Soul Kitchen in Red Bank and Toms River feeding those in need.

He gave an unknown band like the Voxies whose trumpet player Ken Nigri came on my New Jersey 101.5 show.

"We were very fortunate to be selected. Bon Jovi and his camp liked our song (video). He's awesome and believes selects local original bands and giving them a shot."

That's the kind of man Jon Bon Jovi is. He wears a tee-shirt on stage which says "New Jersey vs Everybody" That's the attitude he brings to his shows as well as his community.

In Ukraine, it was Bon Jovi's voice singing "It's My life" they heard as they prepared for war.

Whatever you think of Jon Bon Jovi's voice, he's packing arenas all over the country. If you're going for the voice, you may want to stay home and watch old YouTube clips, but if you're going to see the show and relive a piece of your youth, go and have a great time. You deserve it!

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The 2002-2003 New Jersey Nets: The last time the NBA Finals came through NJ

In 2012 the Nets made their Brooklyn debut, but before that, New Jersey was the home of the Nets dating back to 1977.

The franchise was born in 1967, under the name the New Jersey Americans. They played their games in Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. One year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.

It was there the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The very next year the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA as part of a merger deal, abolishing the ABA. 

When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then in 1981, they moved into the home many of us remember them in the most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named the Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center). 

After years of losing, The Nets made it to two straight NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the final time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

It would be the last time the Nets sniffed the title, but their efforts added them to New Jersey lore forever.

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