Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Epoch Failure's hip hop cover of Livin' on a Prayer

This landed in my inbox a few days ago but I've been so busy I only got to it now.

Epoch Failure is an urban pop duo featuring singer/producer Billy Joe "Billy the Kidd" Marrero and rapper Nick "Nickey Knoxx" Young. You may have heard their song Champion; it's been on various sports-related ads, including in my native Australia. Like Bon Jovi, Epoch Failure hails from New Jersey and I'm told Livin' on a Prayer is one of their all-time favourite songs. Anyway, they recently did their own version of Livin' on a Prayer and you can check it out below.

Epoch Failure - Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi Cover)


I'm not a huge fan of rap and RnB, but I liked that they took a risk and made it their own. It's very different to the original so what do you think?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi performs Blind Love & Fingerprints; talks about 2016 album

At the last fan club show of 2015 -- in Dallas, Texas -- Jon Bon Jovi debuted Blind Love and Fingerprints from Burning Bridges. Check out the videos.

Blind Love


Fingerprints


And since I'm already here, here are a few other videos from the gig, courtesy of Serpephone.

Destination Anywhere - The album of the same name is probably my favourite solo project of anyone from Bon Jovi.


Never Say Goodbye - Jon started this twice after a funny mixup with the lyrics.


With These Two Hands - A bonus track from What About Now that's arguably better than half the actual album.


You Give Love a Bad Name - This is similar to the version Bon Jovi did for the This Left Feels Right DVD and on MTV Unplugged, which is not to everyone's liking, but it's something a little different.


Jon also said the new album, This House Is Not for Sale, will be out in the first half of 2016. Here's part of the Q&A from this show.



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bon Jovi Tel Aviv set list 3/10/15

Bon Jovi's last stop on the tour -- their first concert in Israel -- was not without pre-show controversy. Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters -- who has been campaigning for musicians to boycott Israel -- wrote this open letter accusing Jon, David Bryan, and Tico Torres of supporting crimes committed by the Israeli Government by going ahead with the concert.

Would've been nice to get some surprises for the last show after all that, but anyway, here's what was played.

Tel Aviv, Israel - Park HaYarkon - October 3, 2015
  1. That's What the Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love a Bad Name
  3. Raise Your Hands
  4. Runaway
  5. We Got It Goin' On
  6. We Weren't Born to Follow
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. Wanted Dead or Alive
  14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  15. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  16. Keep the Faith
  17. Bad Medicine
  18. Encore:
  19. In These Arms
  20. Born to Be My Baby
  21. Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
  22. Have a Nice Day
  23. Livin' on a Prayer

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bon Jovi Abu Dhabi set list 1/10/15

In another setback to the tour, Bon Jovi's two scheduled concerts in Taipei, Taiwan were cancelled due to Typhoon Dujuan.

So next up was Abu Dhabi. Jon had the #18 on his guitar in honour of Evan Murray, a New Jersey high school quarterback who died during a football game. It was a touching tribute.

When Bon Jovi played in Abu Dhabi on the Lost Highway tour, that show marked the first time the electric version of Bed of Roses had been played in five years. This time around there were no such pleasant surprises, and sadly, this review highlighted what many of us have known about Jon's voice for quite some time. It used to be that only a certain type of diehard fan really noticed when Jon sounded bad, but it seems like it's getting to the point where we can't just say "Oh, he's having an off night" most nights anymore. I say this not to be mean, but because Jon is one of my musical idols and frankly, it hurts to hear a guy who used to have one of the best rock voices now struggling to hit the notes in his own songs.

Anyway, here's what was played.

Abu Dhabi, UAE - du Arena Yas Island - October 1, 2015
  1. That's What The Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love A Bad Name
  3. Raise Your Hands
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Got It Going On
  6. We Weren't Born To Follow
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  15. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  16. Keep The Faith
  17. Bad Medicine
  18. Encore:
  19. In These Arms
  20. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars
  21. Have A Nice Day
  22. Livin' On A Prayer

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Love Song to the Earth, We Don't Run live video, A Teardrop to the Sea acoustic demo

I'm playing a bit of catch-up on three videos that have been released this month.

Love Song to the Earth is a track featuring vocals by Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Sean Paul, Leona Lewis, Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Nicole Scherzinger, Kelsea Ballerini, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice, and Q'orianka Kilcher. All the royalties from this song go to Friends of the Earth and the UN Foundation's efforts to reduce carbon emissions and encourage action on climate change.

Listen to the song below.

Love Song To The Earth - OFFICIAL Lyric Video


We Don't Run was one of the new songs written for Burning Bridges, and Bon Jovi has a released a live video from the current Asian tour. While reports were that they were shooting this video during the Bangkok show, much of the footage appears to be from the opening night in Jakarta.

Bon Jovi Live - We Don't Run


And finally, Billy Falcon, who co-wrote four tracks on Burning Bridges (A Teardrop to the Sea, Fingerprints, Who Would You Die For, Life is Beautiful), has released his own acoustic version of A Teardrop to the Sea.

A Teardrop to the Sea (co-writer Billy Falcon acoustic demo)


So, three very different videos... Which of these do you prefer?

Bon Jovi Macau set lists 25/9/15 & 26/9/15

Bon Jovi played two consecutive nights in Macau, which is a special administrative region of China and therefore not subject to the same rules that resulted in the cancellation of the planned concerts on the mainland. Here's what was played.

Macau - Cotai Arena - September 25, 2015
  1. That's What The Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love A Bad Name
  3. Born To Be My Baby
  4. Raise Your Hands
  5. We Got It Goin' On
  6. What About Now
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot Of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  13. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  15. Who Says you Can't Go Home
  16. Keep The Faith
  17. Bad Medicine

  18. Encore:
  19. Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars
  20. Have A Nice Day
  21. Livin' On A Prayer

Macau - Cotai Arena - September 26, 2015
  1. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
  2. Runaway
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Got It Goin' On
  6. What About Now
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. (You Want To) Make A Memory
  14. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  15. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  16. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  17. Keep the Faith
  18. Bad Medicine

  19. Encore:
  20. Have A Nice Day
  21. Livin' On A Prayer

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bon Jovi Seoul set list 22/9/15

Bon Jovi played in South Korea for the first time in 20 years, and gave Korean fans arguably the most interesting set of the Asian Tour thus far. Always was performed as a request from the crowd. Here's the full set list.

Seoul, South Korea - Jamsil Olympic Stadium - September 22, 2015
  1. That's What the Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love a Bad Name
  3. Born to Be My Baby
  4. Raise Your Hands
  5. Runaway
  6. We Got It Goin' On
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. Wanted Dead or Alive
  14. In These Arms
  15. Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
  16. Superman Tonight - acoustic
  17. Keep the Faith
  18. Bad Medicine
  19. Encore:
  20. What About Now
  21. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
  22. Have a Nice Day
  23. Livin' on a Prayer
  24. Always

I had a little bitch about the set lists after the Kuala Lumpur show, so it's nice to see some changes. ;)