A couple of weeks ago I attended Waddell and Reed's President's Council meeting in Kansas City. (Sixth time) We work all day and then they try to entertain us at night. They have always tried to do different and interesting things. In the past we have gone to the Truman Museum, the College Basketball Hall of Fame, various fancy restaurants and the Kansas City World War I Museum. This time they took us to a Jon Bon Jovi concert at the newly completed Sprint Center Convention Center. The company owns an executive suite there which is like a hotel room with a kitchen and it opens out onto the concert venue. We had all kinds of food and drinks available and great seats to see the concert. Bon Jovi came along in the 80s so he's a little newer than my 70s rocker days and I was not familiar with his music. There must have been 35,000 people in the Sprint Center and they were all screaming when he came out. The music was so loud it was hard to really hear the melodies. Bon Jovi is a very talented singer and an incredible showman. He performed for all he was worth for two solid hours.
I couldn't help but notice the spell he had on all of the young people in the audience. He was clearly being adored by them. His show was pretty clean and his music mostly uplifting. I thought that with such a spell over his audience, he had the ability to send powerful messages to the youth of today. To avoid drinking and drugs, to live a chaste and virtuous life, to do good and to serve others. Of course he mentioned none of these things. Todays celebrities could do a lot to change the world with there example and there messages. I suspect that great entertainers like Bon Jovi would still attract big crowds and make millions, but the world of entertainment does not think that way.