When the B to the J hits the Meadowlands, a phalanx of Chrysler Sebrings descend on the stadium like so many VTOL assault ships, disembarking payloads of forty-somethings straight through the crash doors and into a humongous portal to their youth. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” even the dunderheaded stomp of the New Jersey single “Bad Medicine”—these songs have entered core playlists and the common language, buttressed by the life experiences of the millions who can still sense the singe of Aqua Net in the acid-washed air. The band has moved on; at this show, expect the manic flicker of video screens to mask the mush between fist pumps and hair-metal singalongs. But those singular ’80s moments will still ring true; for many, Bon Jovi still has the medicine to cure their malaise.
May 26-27, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 29, 7 p.m., 2010