Saturday, October 25, 2008

LH Magic Memory #19: Damned in St Paul

Bon Jovi delivered a few (pleasant) shocks on the Lost Highway tour, particularly from midway through the second North American leg. One of these surprises was at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota on March 19, 2008. On the second of two nights in St Paul, wedged between LH tour regulars "Whole Lot of Leavin'" and "We Got It Goin' On" was.... "Damned".

This is the best embeddable video I could find but it's such a funky song and such a rarity that I had to revisit it. Richie Sambora's guitar work is awesome, and you can see Jon and Dave Bryan in the background getting into the song.

Click here for another partial (but much closer/clearer) video.

Prior to St Paul, Bon Jovi had last played "Damned" in Toronto, Canada in 2003. Here is that performance (with "If Loving You Is Wrong" intro).

I think Jon's voice handles the chorus a lot better in 2008. In 2003 he's sort of screeching and seems slightly out of breath. But which version do you prefer?

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