A long line around the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and a cold night was what Richie Sambora and Orianthi (RSO) fans were in for last night, but that didn’t stop the anticipation among every single soul waiting for the duo to finish up a final sound check. Dressed accordingly to relive the days of the wild rock infused ’80s, men and women of all ages gathered to see what RSO had to show Adelaide. Fans shuffled impatiently through the doors the moment they were flung open, greeted with classic Australian supporting act, Sarah McLeod—former front woman of the rock band, Superjesus.

Everyone eager with how this night was to play out, the audience bound tightly together to the barricade, as they awaited what would be an interesting yet appropriate start to the night. With nothing but a stool, a microphone and a guitar, Sarah McLeod officially began the evening with a string of solo songs that ranged from ’60s inspired tunes to rock ‘n’ roll acoustic—nothing short of breathtaking. Her voice echoed off the four walls as she entertained her hometown crowd with a true representation of her love for music and inspiring creativity.

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The evening then kicked off; her performance revving up the audience participation within the crowd, as she left it up to the main act to steal the show away. With an enthusiastic accompanying band and a shower of colourful lights raining over the stage, Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora and blonde-bombshell Adelaide guitarist, Orianthi graced the stage. The tune of classic U2 hit, ‘When Love Comes to Town’ began to play and the audience hopped straight on it, clapping along and singing the lyrics back to the duo.

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The set consisted of a well-conjured mix of Bon Jovi, Sambora and Orianthi tracks—enough to keep the crowd pleased and shaking their hands about in the air. RSO skilfully paid tribute to Michael Jackson with a cover of ‘Black or White’ that really bound everyone together. There were moments when fans were in an absolute trance; completely hypnotised by the way that both Sambora’s and Orianthi’s fingers moved along the frets.

The show concluded with Orianthi’s classic ‘According To You’, before having one last poke at the Bon Jovi fans with legendary song of rock ‘Dead Or Alive’—the crowd shouting back the words that have been tattooed into their memories for life.

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