During a recent interview with a couple of Bon Jovi's band members -- guitarist Richie Sambora and drummer Tico Torres -- they contemplated the thought of playing a concert in a venue that was not a stadium or arena. Something smaller, more intimate, perhaps?
They're not interested. "It's fun to see people's faces and do the whole thing," Torres said. "To be honest with you, you work all your life to play for as many people as you can." (JBJ told me last summer: "Stadiums are just what we do.")
Wednesday night, Bon Jovi will be playing another stadium -- the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University in University Park, Pa. -- but they won't be able to see at least some of the faces watching them: The show, which kicks off the latest leg of the megaband's megatour, will be streamed live on the Web, and you can watch it here at suntimes.com. A pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m,, and the show's at 7:30.
In other Bon Jovi news: Chicago suburban band 7th Heaven won a contest and opened for one of the Bon Jovi's Soldier Field shows last summer. Now they're going for it again. The band has entered another contest to select opening acts for Bon Jovi's two more upcoming Chicago shows -- March 8-9 at United Center -- and has again been selected among the 24 finalists. Fans can vote for the finalists here.