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Ever the nosy so-and-sos, MusicRadar jumped at the chance of having a backstage tour of Bon Jovi's mammoth guitar and keys rigs when latest stint of The Circle tour reached Bristol, UK.
With much gear fondling and drooling to be had, we chatted to backline crew chief Mike Rew, David Bryan's keyboard tech Bill St Amor, and Kurt Kassinoff, guitar tech to Jon Bon Jovi and longtime touring rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera. We also managed to sneak a look at some of Richie Sambora's live gear into the bargain.
With years of experience between them, (Kurt has worked for Fleetwood Mac and Bill for Sir Paul McCartney, among other musical luminaries) Kurt and Bill sure know their way around their respective rigs.
Dodging a never-ending tour of competition winners and tech college students traipsing through the backstage area on the day we are with them, Bill and Kurt take us around their gear-packed tech-ing stations and let us get up close and personal with the guitars and keys that create Bon Jovi's classic rock sound.
Click onwards for a Bon Jovi gear extravaganza...