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O2 Arena, London 19 June 2010
Once upon a
time I was a massive Bon Jovi fan, first witnessing them live at Castle
Donington back in 1985. A year later Bon Jovi turned the rock world on
it's head with the release of 'Slippery When Wet', an album that
featured the slick global hits of 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Livin'
On A Prayer'.
I later went
on to see the band over 25 times, impressed by their exhilarating live
shows. For years the only females you'll see at rock concerts were
mainly dominated by boilers, but for the first time beautiful women were
flocking to see shows by the new pin up heroes who had more hair than
you'll find whoosing around a horses backside, and tight trousers with a
six pack package.
Jovi became a stadium band I lost interest in ever seeing them live
again, last time being on the 'These Days' tour some fourteen years ago.
Those female fans have kept with Bon Jovi throughout the years and most
of the audience here tonight are called Sharon or Tracey, live in Essex
and have been treated to the show by their boyfriend Dazz or Dave who
has impressed his babe with the most expensive tickets one can flaunt
your wonga at.
is evident tonight. For a pidgeon eye's view of the show up in the gods
will set you back a nifty, a seat within 100 metres of the stage is over
a ton and for a ticket within the inner circle of the stage where you
can almost reach out and brush JBJ's teeth, that's over three hundred
nicker to you squire.
I'm here on
night seven of a twelve night residency where over the nights Bon Jovi
will perform 72 different songs from their extensive catalogue although
second album '7800 Fahrenheit' has been hair brushed out.
the set lists from the other nights, I was in luck tonight with many
tracks from those glorious late 80s performed, reminding me of happy
times when i was a teenager impressing my new girlfriend in my car
whilst listening to Bon Jovi on a C-90 casette tape with 'SWW' on one
side and 45 mins of 'New Jersey' on the other.
'Wild In The
Streets' made us go wild in the aisle's, the biggest surprise was 'Wild
Is The Wind' which they didn't perform back on the 'New Jersey' tour was
one of the biggest highlights tonight. The only song from the
debut was the now rarely performed 'Runaway' which brought the house
down. The band especially seemed to be enjoying this rocking
was amiss though. These days Jon Bon Jovi tries so hard to be like
Elvis it's painful to watch. Often standing on tip-toe with
bending knees, shrugging his shoulders and tilting his head with arms
out stretched, the man should be locked up in a jailhouse rock for
copyright infringement violation.
Sambora is still top of his game, but I feel that at times he was pushed
to the side lines by the second guitarist the band now have with them
whilst on tour. Bobby Bandiera was away from his day job as a
member of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, who in the past has also
performed with Bruce Springsteen (Doh!... I was trying not to mention
the Boss in this review.), played a predominant role, later becoming the
human jukebox segueing 'Paint It Black' and 'Oh! Pretty Woman' into
'Bad Medicine to good effect.
over vocal duties for 'Lay Your Hands On Me', later joined by Jon Bon
Jovi at the rim of the circular stage to perform some acoustic ditties
including 'Diamond Ring' from the very underrated 'These Days'.
From the new
album, 'Work For The Working Man' worked very well in the live
environment with it's punchy chorus which saw JBJ raised high at the
back on a platform amongst the neon lights. 'It's My Life' is the
best song Jovi have come up with in the later years, is a great sing
along anthem. The girls were kept happy when JBJ got his maracas
out for set ender 'Keep The Faith'.
encores, the couple next to me were enjoying one of their first ever
concerts. The girl asked her boyfriend to take a picture of herself with
me because she wanted a picture with a man with long hair. She was
'Livin' On A
Prayer' blew the o2 roof off with everybody singing along to ''Whhoooaaahh
we halfway there, whhhhhhhhoooooooaaahhhh livin' on a prayeeerrr,
brought the memories flooding back for me, realising why I used to love
this band so much.
took their bows and left the stage, as I was walking away Elvis
Springsteen comes back onto stage to soak up the last of the applause.
I did find myself asking the question Why?..Whatever happened? But I
suppose 100,000,000 can't be wrong.
Glad I came
along tonight, it was good to see Jovi and the boys once again in a
indoor venue and Tommy and Gina next to me went home happy, hand in
Set List: Happy Now / We Wern't Born To Follow / You Give Love A Bad
Name / In These Arms / Born To Be My Baby / Wild In The Streets / Wild
Is The Wind / Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars / Runaway / We
Got It Goin' On / Bad Medicine / Lay Your Hands On Me / Open All Night /
Diamond Ring / I'll Be There For You / Love For Sale / Work For The
Working Man / It's My Life / Who Says You Can't Go Home / Keep The Faith
..encores Something To Believe In / Someday I'll Be Saturday Night /
Wanted Dead Or Alive / Livin' On A Prayer
by Mark Taylor
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