The venue reportedly had terrible acoustics but Bon Jovi's Frankfurt show on June 3, 2008 can still lay claims to being one of the best shows of the Lost Highway tour.
WE WILL ROCK YOU / SUMMERTIME
On its own, "Summertime" is a fun little pop rock number that doesn't really reach any great heights. Which is fine; not all songs are designed to blow you away. But pairing it with a classic crowd-pleaser like Queen's "We Will Rock You" gave the "Summertime" performance an extra dimension.
BLOOD MONEY / BLAZE OF GLORY
Two of my favourite songs from Jon's 1990 solo album. I could never get sick of this live combination.
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL / KEEP THE FAITH
Second half of a highly spirited rock performance.
LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME
A classic New Jersey song that has appeared on official DVDs but is now rarely performed live. Prior to Frankfurt, it was last played in Toronto in December 2007.
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG / DAMNED
"Damned" had resurfaced out of nowhere in St Paul, USA (March 19, 2008) after a five year absence, and was played for only the second time on the tour. "If Loving You is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right" was a perfect a'cappella intro for it. The video is a little out of sync in places but Jon was on fire.
I think this is Jon's favourite song from the album and he was really into it tonight. Lots of showman acting and emotion. Strong vocals. Killer performance.
I was pretty liberal with the videos but these are just a few of the performances from an amazing show full of energy and surprises. That encore is almost worthy of a post in itself. The band was all too aware of the acoustic problems (Jon even apologised for it) and could easily have used it as an excuse to slack off. Bon Jovi fans in Frankfurt and around the world (God bless YouTube) can be very glad they didn't.
Frankfurt, Germany - Commerzbank Arena (3/6/08)
BORN TO BE MY BABY
YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
SUMMERTIME w/ We Will Rock You
CAPTAIN CRASH & THE BEAUTY QUEEN FROM MARS
I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD w/ Jumpin' Jack Flash + Mercy
BLAZE OF GLORY
WHOLE LOT OF LEAVIN'
BED OF ROSES
IN THESE ARMS
WE GOT IT GOIN' ON
IT'S MY LIFE
KEEP THE FAITH w/ Sympathy for the Devil
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU (Richie Sambora lead vocals)
LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME
HAVE A NICE DAY
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME
BAD MEDICINE w/ Shout
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER
ANY OTHER DAY
DAMNED w/ If Loving You Is Wrong
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE