Bon JoviTwo days after Bon Jovi announced that guitarist Richie Sambora would take a break, allegedly to return to rehab, the group started a new tour by headlining at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (April 30).

And the veteran band did so without missing a beat. Filling in for Sambora was the extremely proficient Phil "X" Xenidis, who comes complete with his own set of rock star hair and great moves, though his playing excludes Sambora's nuanced, often bluesy touch.

In what is considered blazing heat anywhere but New Orleans, Bon Jovi took the stage around 5 p.m. with the lesser known 'Blood on Blood' before starting the non-stop hit machine with the very next song, 'You Give Love A Bad Name,' segueing into 'Born to Be My Baby.'

They kept the tempo upbeat throughout, knocking out one arena-rock anthem after the next with a polished precision.