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Bon Jovi and Big Freedia Bring Showmanship to Jazz Fest

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Jon Bon Jovi performs at 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Jon Bon Jovi performs at 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
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"We'd like to send this out to our brother Richie," Jon Bon Jovi announced during the encore of Bon Jovi's Saturday set at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It was the first and only time Bon Jovi acknowledged the absence of guitarist Richie Sambora, who recently entered rehab. Otherwise, it was business as usual, with Sambora's fill-in, Phil X (Xenidis, an L.A. session guitarist) subbing in admirably, picking up Sambora's talk box parts and adding muscle to a show that only got better and better, especially in its last hour.

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