Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bon Jovi in Orlando 18/04/18

Fresh from their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and apparently sipping themed cocktails at the after-party), Bon Jovi resumed the tour in Orlando. "We Don't Run" was played for the first time this year, replacing "Knockout". A snippet of "Sympathy for the Devil" was thrown in, "Runaway" made another apperaance, and a few other songs were shuffled around. Here's the full set list:

Orlando, FL, USA - Amway Center - April 18, 2018

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. We Don't Run
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  5. Lost Highway
  6. Born to Be My Baby
  7. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  8. It's My Life
  9. We Weren't Born to Follow
  10. Because We Can
  11. We Got It Goin' On
  12. Keep the Faith / Sympathy for the Devil [Rolling Stones cover]
  13. Amen
  14. Bed of Roses
  15. Lay Your Hands on Me
  16. God Bless This Mess
  17. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  18. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  19. Runaway
  20. Wanted Dead or Alive
  21. Livin' on a Prayer
Videos from Orlando




If you'd like to share any videos from Orlando, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bon Jovi gets into the Rock Hall

Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on April 14.

Then & now: Dave, Alec, Jon, Tico, Richie.
Photo: David Bergman.
Howard Stern's hilarious, NSFW speech included such glorious soundbites as "Bon Jovi beats sperm". After Howard's introduction, the inducted band members each got to speak. Alec John Such went first, followed by Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan, and finally Jon Bon Jovi. The speeches ranged from the emotional to the nostalgic to the outright funny.

Everyone (the members who were inducted, plus Phil X, John Shanks, and Everett Bradley) took to the stage together, although I think Alec only played on "Livin' on a Prayer". The following songs were performed:
  1. You Give Love a Bad Name
  2. It's My Life
  3. When We Were Us
  4. Livin' on a Prayer
I know Jon wanted to do a new song but "When We Were Us" was still a bit unexpected and, as far as I'm aware, a pretty unconventional choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (artists usually stick to their hits or most influential songs). It was great to hear Richie's harmonies though, and to see him and Jon singing from the same microphone.

The official HBO telecast of the induction ceremony will air on May 5. Hopefully those of us not in the US will be able to watch it too.

In the meantime, there are some unofficial streams from fans in attendance, including this one:


"Wanted Dead or Alive" was conspicuously absent, but Richie did perform it at the Rock Hall the previous weekend to kick off induction week:

In case you missed it, Bon Jovi and the Moody Blues had made an appearance at the Rock Hall the day before the ceremony, with Jon giving a speech saying, "We're thrilled, we're honoured, and it's about f***ing time".

The red carpet, including Bon Jovi's arrival and interviews with Jon and Richie, was also live streamed: 

Now I know there are plenty of fans who have harboured varying degrees of discontent with the state of Bon Jovi over the past few years. I'd be lying if I said I was completely happy about everything. But tonight that didn't matter. (I won't speak for anyone else, but it didn't matter to me.) Tonight was a celebration of what Bon Jovi's music has meant to me for so long. All the times they lifted me up, consoled me, saved me. And that history won't change, no matter what happens going forward.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bon Jovi in Newark 8/04/18 + Richie Sambora on Rock Hall rehearsals

Bon Jovi's second of two consecutive nights in Newark brought with it a couple of nice surprises, namely "Runaway" in the main set (replacing "Have a Nice Day") and "These Days" and "Blood on Blood" in the encore. "These Days" was played for the first time this year.

Here's the full set list:

Newark, NJ, USA - Prudential Center - April 7, 2018

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Because We Can
  5. Lost Highway
  6. Born to Be My Baby
  7. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  8. It's My Life
  9. We Weren't Born to Follow
  10. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  11. We Got It Goin' On
  12. Keep the Faith
  13. Amen
  14. Bed of Roses
  15. Lay Your Hands on Me
  16. God Bless This Mess
  17. Runaway
  18. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  19. These Days
  20. Wanted Dead or Alive
  21. Blood on Blood
  22. Livin' on a Prayer

Videos from Newark (night #2)

"These Days":

"Blood on Blood":


"Runaway":

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

Richie Sambora was evidently at the Prudential Center but didn't make an appearance on stage.


Richie was recently interviewed by Billboard ahead of Bon Jovi's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, among other things, he talked about rehearsing with the original lineup:
What has it been like rehearsing with the rest of Bon Jovi? It must bring back memories.
RS: We played live to millions of people over 31 years. Do I miss it? No -- but the memories are good. It feels great to see everybody. We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn't awkward. The chemistry came back very quickly; it’s matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you’re on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall ceremony] is just another cycle -- and it’s a good one, so here we go.
You can read the full interview with Richie and Orianthi (The interview also covers RSO's upcoming album) here.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bon Jovi in Newark 7/04/18

After the postponement of two scheduled Montreal shows due to illness, Bon Jovi resumed their tour in their home state of New Jersey. Here's what was played:

Newark, NJ, USA - Prudential Center - April 7, 2018

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot Of Leavin' 
  5. Lost Highway
  6. When We Were Us
  7. Born To Be My Baby
  8. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  9. It's My Life
  10. We Weren't Born To Follow
  11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  12. We Got It Goin' On
  13. Keep The Faith
  14. Amen
  15. Bed Of Roses
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. God Bless This Mess
  18. Have A Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  20. Runaway
  21. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  22. Livin' On A Prayer
"Runaway" was performed for the first time this year. The band has another gig at the same venue coming up tomorrow, before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland this Saturday, April 14.

Videos from Newark (night #1)

"Runaway":

"Lost Highway". Jon also mentions the 10 shows Bon Jovi played to open the Prudential Center at the start of the Lost Highway Tour and thanks fans for their support ahead of the upcoming Rock Hall induction:

"Bed of Roses":

"Amen":

If you'd like to share any videos from Newark, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bon Jovi in Boston 2/04/18

After about a week off, during which the "Walls" music video dropped on YouTube, Bon Jovi resumed their This House Is Not For Sale Tour in Boston. If you've been following the set lists at all, this one was pretty predictable:

Boston, MA, USA - TD Garden - April 2, 2018

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot Of Leavin'
  5. Lost Highway
  6. When We Were Us
  7. Born To Be My Baby
  8. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  9. It's My Life
  10. We Weren't Born To Follow
  11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  12. We Got It Goin' On
  13. Keep The Faith
  14. Amen
  15. Bed Of Roses
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. God Bless This Mess
  18. Have A Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  20. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  21. Livin' On A Prayer
Videos from Boston




If you'd like to share any videos from Boston, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bon Jovi in Dallas 26/03/18

After getting all excited over "Blood on Blood" yesterday, Bon Jovi reverted to almost the same set we've seen for much of this year. There were a couple of differences: "When We Were Us" was dropped for the first time on this leg of the tour; "Whole Lot of Leavin'" was back after being dropped in New Orleans; and "Because We Can" (which had replaced "Whole Lot of Leavin'") stayed. Here's Bon Jovi's full set list in Dallas:

Dallas, TX, USA - American Airlines Center - March 26, 2018

  1. This House Is Not for Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot Of Leavin'
  5. Lost Highway
  6. Because We Can
  7. Born To Be My Baby
  8. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  9. It's My Life
  10. We Weren't Born To Follow
  11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  12. We Got It Goin' On
  13. Keep The Faith
  14. Amen
  15. Bed Of Roses
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. God Bless This Mess
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  20. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  21. Livin' on a Prayer 
Videos from Dallas


If you'd like to share any videos from Dallas, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂

The band now has a few days off before the tour resumes in Boston...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bon Jovi in New Orleans 25/03/18

Bon Jovi's New Orleans show brought with it  "Blood on Blood"! "Make a Memory" also returned, while "Because We Can" replaced "Whole Lot of Leavin'". Here's the full set list:

New Orleans, LA, USA - Smoothie King Center - March 25, 2018

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Because We Can
  6. When We Were Us
  7. Born To Be My Baby
  8. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  9. It's My Life
  10. We Weren't Born To Follow
  11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  12. We Got It Goin' On
  13. Keep The Faith
  14. Amen
  15. Bed Of Roses
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. God Bless This Mess
  18. Have A Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  20. Blood On Blood
  21. (You Want To) Make A Memory
  22. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  23. Livin' On A Prayer
Videos from New Orleans

At the time of writing, I couldn't find many videos from the show... but I'm hoping someone got "Blood on Blood" and is going to upload it for us. 🤞

UPDATE 27/03/18: Nick uploaded "Blood on Blood" to our Facebook page. Click through to watch it:


Here's "It's My Life":


If you'd like to share any videos from New Orleans, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂