Tribute shows slips into city

HALFWAY THERE: Guitarist Reno Vavala plays for Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery and Wet.

By Luke Voogt

“It’s now or never” for Geelong Bon Jovi fans as tribute act Slippery and Wet hits Sphinx Hotel next Saturday.

The band plays all the classics from its namesake album, like Wanted Dead or Alive and Livin’ on Prayer, along with newer Bon Jovi hits.

“We’re all Bon Jovi fans and we’ve picked the best of the best,” guitarist Reno Vavala told the Indy.

“We make every effort to leave punters feeling convinced they have seen the next best thing to the real Bon Jovi.”

Vavala, a lifelong Bon Jovi fan, still loves playing all the hits after a decade with the band.

“It just feels great to see the crowd enjoying themselves, especially when we build up to Livin’ on Prayer,” he said.

“We play what they want and they just love it.”

The band recently acquired a new ‘Bon Jovi’ in lead singer Ryan Burdette, who puts “100 per cent” into singing, Vavala said.

“You close your eyes and you get that feeling like you’re listening to Bon Jovi.“

Slippery and Wet would return to the Sphinx for the first time in several years on 16 March, Valala said.

“We all have a ball up there and try to get involved with the crowd as we can.”

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