Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bon Jovi at Dick's Sporting Goods Open 18/8/17

It's been four months since the end of the first leg of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour, but Bon Jovi came out of hibernation to perform at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. The band started about 90 minutes late due to a storm that left them temporarily stranded in New Jersey, and once the gig got underway, there were comments on social media about the sound being terrible.

Here's what was eventually played:

Set list: Endicott, NY, USA - En-Joie Golf Club - 18 August 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. Knockout
  4. You Give Love A Bad Name
  5. Lost Highway
  6. We Weren't Born To Follow
  7. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  8. Runaway
  9. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  10. It's My Life
  11. Bed of Roses
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  13. Born To Be My Baby
  14. In These Arms 
  15. Bad Medicine
  16. These Days
  17. I'll Be There For You
  18. Wanted Dead or Alive
  19. Livin' On A Prayer
I don't know if this show technically counts as part of the tour, but if we say that it does, it marks the tour debut of "Bed of Roses", "In These Arms", "These Days", and "I'll Be There For You".  The tour resumes with five South American dates next month.

Videos from Endicott

This video contains snippets of "These Days" and "In These Arms":


UPDATE: Here's most of "These Days":

UPDATE 20/8/17: Here are some of the other videos that have since been uploaded.

"I'll Be There For You":


"Bed of Roses":

"In These Arms":


If you'd like to share links to any videos from this concert, feel free to include them in the comments below.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reddit AMA with Phil X

Earlier this week, Phil X participated in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) to promote the Hired Gun documentary. Naturally, he answered a few questions about Bon Jovi.

When asked if he might have greater input in the next Bon Jovi album, Phil said he'd like to be involved in writing:

[–]bossiecat 2 points  
Phil, I love what you bring to Bon Jovi. Will you be more involved in their next album? Have you and Jon written anything together?
[–]TheRealPhilX[S] 3 points  
that would be great. we haven't yet. we spoke about it for the last record but it was already written. i'm hoping we explore writing for the next one.

Phil also explained that the reason he didn't play on all of This House Is Not For Sale was because the album had already been recorded when the band decided to bring him in:


[–]Matticus84 2 points  
Phil, was there any particular reason you played on a chunk of "This house..." instead of the whole thing? Would love to hear you on a full record with the guys.
[–]TheRealPhilX[S] 2 points  
actually, it was all recorded when the band decided to have me involved so JBJ picked 4 songs where he felt the guitars could be stronger and i went in and did my thing. it was a thrilling experience to just do that and i'm very excited to do more.
[–]TheRealPhilX[S] 1 point  
p.s. me too. thanks.

You can check out the whole AMA, featuring Phil X, Liberty DeVitto, and Rudy Sarzo, at this link.

Here's the trailer for Hired Gun:


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bon Jovi crashes Fairleigh Dickinson's commencement

Bon Jovi (with Lorenza Ponce on violin in David Bryan's usual place) performed an acoustic version of "Reunion" at Fairleigh Dickinson University's commencement ceremony on May 16. Fairleigh Dickinson won the Reunion Contest, which began in March. The ceremony took place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

You can watch Good Morning America's coverage of the commencement, which includes Bon Jovi's performance of "Reunion" in full, at this link. ("Reunion" starts about 2:23 into the video.)



As a side note, Jon's two eldest kids, Stephanie and Jesse Bongiovi, are also graduating this week.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bon Jovi in New York 15/04/17 (night 2)

Bon Jovi wrapped up the first leg of their This House Is Not For Sale Tour with a second show at Madison Square Garden. Here's what they played:

New York, NY, USA - Madison Square Garden - 15 April 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout 
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name 
  4. Lost Highway 
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin' 
  6. Roller Coaster 
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow 
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 
  9. We Got It Going On 
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home 
  11. It's My Life 
  12. We Don't Run 
  13. God Bless This Mess 
  14. New Year's Day 
  15. Lay Your Hands On Me 
  16. Born to Be My Baby 
  17. Have a Nice Day 
  18. Bad Medicine 
  19. Keep the Faith

    Encore: 
  20. Raise Your Hands 
  21. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night 
  22. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars 
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive 
  24. Livin' On A Prayer 

While the only other Bon Jovi shows that have been announced so far are Rock in Rio and the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, David Bryan tweeted that this was the last show of this leg of the tour, indicating that more gigs should be announced before too long.

Videos from New York, Night #2

"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" (with a little false start):

"Keep the Faith":

If you have any videos you'd like to share from the second night at MSG, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Bon Jovi in New York 13/04/17 (night 1)

Bon Jovi brought their This House Is Not For Sale "home" for the first of two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. (These were, of course, the concerts that were rescheduled after Jon got sick.) Here's what was played on the first night at MSG:

New York, NY, USA - Madison Square Garden - 13 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Runaway
  22. Blood On Blood
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  24. Livin' On A Prayer
If you've been following the set lists at all, the main set should be quite familiar to you by now. There were a couple of changes in the encore. 

Videos from New York, Night #1



If you'd like to share any videos from the first night at MSG, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bon Jovi in Toronto 11/04/17 (night 2)

Bon Jovi performed the second of two consecutive shows in Toronto on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour, and here's what was played:

Toronto, ON, Canada - Air Canada Centre - 11 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Always
  22. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive [Phil X vox on 2nd verse]
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
The main set was identical to that of the first night (I kind of thought they'd at least swap "New Year's Day" out for "The Devil's in the Temple", which used to be in that slot. Maybe I'm overly optimistic!). But we did get "Always" and "Captain Crash" for the third and second time this tour respectively -- they replaced "Raise Your Hands" in the encore. Phil sang the second verse of "Wanted" again, presumably because he's originally from Toronto, but he does sound good... Dare I say a lot stronger than Jon does these days. 😞 (However, I've said on various forums that the Lost Highway Tour proved Jon could get back to sounding awesome after a period of deterioration in his voice, so I'm hopeful that he could return to that level again.)

Videos from Toronto, Night #2

In my opinion, this is the best "Always" of the tour thus far:


If you'd like to share any videos from the second night in Toronto, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bon Jovi in Toronto 10/04/17 (night 1)

After a few days off due to bronchitis, Bon Jovi resumed their This House Is Not For Sale Tour with the first of two consecutive nights in Toronto, the only Canadian (and indeed non-US) shows of this leg. Here's what was played:

Set list: Toronto, ON, Canada - Air Canada Centre - 10 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Raise Your Hands
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive [Phil X vox on 2nd verse]
  23. Livin' on a Prayer


Videos from Toronto, Night #1

Here's "Raise Your Hands" and "Wanted Dead or Alive", with Phil singing the second verse of "Wanted":

If you'd like to share any videos from the first night in Toronto, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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