The second last Magic Memory in this series takes us to June 22, 2008 in the City of Manchester, UK. This was probably the last real epic show of the tour. I'm not saying the concerts that followed weren't good, but Bon Jovi sets a high standard for live shows, and Manchester lasted a marathon two hours and 40 minutes. The show was full of great performances, plus a great set that combined hits and crowd pleasers with some gems for the diehards.
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER - A bit rough but I think it captures the crowd's anticipation and enthusiasm, as well as Jon's showman qualities.
I'D DIE FOR YOU - Always nice to see a Slippery When Wet rarity live.
LAST CIGARETTE - The first (and only) time this was played on the Lost Highway tour and a great surprise to see live. I thought this was lyrically one of the more clever songs from Have a Nice Day. The trippy Beach Boys-style bridge is cool too, but I still wish Jon would give up the smokes.
DIAMOND RING - Jon and Richie gazing lovingly into each other's eyes and declare to the world: "You're my queen and I'm your king".... Oh, I'm kidding. ;) But the two of them share the mic in this beautiful rendition.
ALWAYS - Could never get tired of this being back in the set!
DRY COUNTY - Words cannot express how much I love "Dry County". Just watch. :)
Manchester, UK - City of Manchester Stadium (22/6/08)
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER
YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
BORN TO BE MY BABY
CAPTAIN CRASH & THE BEAUTY QUEEN FROM MARS
I'D DIE FOR YOU
I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD w/ Jumpin' Jack Flash + Twist & Shout
BLAZE OF GLORY
WHOLE LOT OF LEAVIN'
IN THESE ARMS
BLOOD ON BLOOD
IT'S MY LIFE
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU (Richie)
HAVE A NICE DAY
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME
KEEP THE FAITH
BAD MEDICINE w/ Shout
WE GOT IT GOIN' ON
ANY OTHER DAY
I LOVE THIS TOWN
SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
Just one more left in this series and a wrap-up, but never fear, there are always worthwhile things to blog about in Jovi land. ;)