Personal news Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has reportedly entered rehab to treat alcohol addiction and exhaustion. The band decided to continue with the tour, with former Triumph guitarist Phil Xenidis filling in for Sambora.
Hit-filled set list "Blood on Blood"/"You Give Love a Bad Name"/"Born to Be My Baby"/"We Weren't Born to Follow"/"Lost Highway"/"Whole Lot of Leavin' "/"It's My Life"/"Runaway"/"The More Things Change"/"Sleep When I'm Dead"/"We Got It Going On"/"Bad Medicine"/"Lay Your Hands on Me"/"Who Says You Can't Go Home"/"Work for the Working Man"/"Have a Nice Day"/"Keep the Faith"
Encore "Wanted Dead or Alive"/"Livin' on a Prayer"
Awards They're up for two Billboard Music Awards -- Top Touring Act and Top Group -- at the May 22 ceremony.
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What critics say "For nearly two hours, Jon Bon Jovi and Phil 'X' Xenidis, Sambora's more-than-capable stand-in, worked extremely hard to deliver a show that, on balance, was more electric and satisfying than Bon Jovi's 2009 Jazz Fest set."
-- Keith Spera, New Orleans Times-Picayune
WHO Bon Jovi
WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 7:30, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
INFO $16-$151.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com
Personal news Usher has left his longtime management at Creative Artists Agency for its rival William Morris Endeavor, who will handle all aspects of his career. Separately, his protege Justin Bieber came through getting egged at a concert in Australia unscathed.
Hit-filled set list "Monstar"/"She Don't Know"/"Yeah!"/"U Remind Me"/"U Don't Have to Call"/"You Make Me Wanna"/"Mars vs. Venus"/"Nice and Slow"/"Love 'Em All"/"Trading Places"/"Love in This Club"/"Lil Freak"/"Hot Tottie"/"There Goes My Baby"/"Burn"/"Bad Girl"/"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"/Medley: "Confessions Part II," "My Boo," "I Need a Girl (Part One)," "Lovers and Friends"/"Caught Up"/"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"
Noteworthy opening acts Hot British rapper Tinie Tempah with the hit "Written in the Stars" and Dev & The Cataracs, the Cali crew behind "Bass Down Low," will join Akon as openers.
Awards He's up for 10 Billboard awards, including Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.
What critics say "In a fast-moving, visually engaging two hours . . . the singer showed that he might have a second act as a Jackson impersonator if his own singing career doesn't work out."
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Nassau Coliseum
INFO $24.50-$125; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com