After contemplating my own little Bon Jovi tour around Australia, I had decided to hedge my bets on this one show in Perth... luckily for me, it was great. (Sydney and Melbourne will probably get better shows but let's not talk about that now, lol). Could the set have had more gems and rarities in it? Of course, but this is probably as good as I could have realistically hoped for in Perth and most importantly, it was a good performance. The band seemed to be in a great mood and they came on at 7:45pm so they didn't have to rush through the set like they did back in 2008 to beat the 10:30 curfew. It was a much better show than two years ago, not that 2008 was bad or anything. This was also the first show in which two of the new Greatest Hits songs were played.
Perth, Australia - Patersons Stadium - December 8, 2010
Blood on Blood
We Weren't Born to Follow
You Give Love a Bad Name
Born to Be My Baby
Whole Lot of Leavin'
When We Were Beautiful
It's My Life
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Start Me Up [Rolling Stones cover]
We Got It Goin' On
Bad Medicine / Shout! [Isley Brothers cover]
Lay Your Hands on Me [Richie Sambora on lead vocals]
What Do You Got?
I'll Be There For You
Something for the Pain [acoustic]
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night [acoustic]
Work for the Working Man
Raise Your Hands
Have a Nice Day
Who Says You Can't Go Home
Keep the Faith
Wanted Dead or Alive
Livin' on a Prayer
Check Hath's Circle Tour blog for videos in due course. I haven't seen how my vids turned out yet.
My highlights were the acoustic set -- especially "Something for the Pain" -- and "Always" in the encore (I think I screamed and nearly cried when the drum intro started, haha). I had heard the boys soundchecking "No Apologies" and "Something for the Pain" when I arrived just before 5pm, and swore at a security guard when I heard the latter because it meant I had a decent shot of seeing something from These Days live in Perth (A couple of years ago, I had given up on that ever happening). Well, I didn't actually swear AT the security guard; I was asking him how to get to my gate because the usual paths I'd have taken for a football match had been blocked off. When Bon Jovi started playing "Pain", I just reacted. Luckily, the guard didn't take any offense. :P
Obviously certain songs got a better reaction than others, but there weren't any real lowlights as far as I'm concerned. Although all the "Who Says" haters would have got a kick out of the reaction that song receives here. It didn't chart, so when Jon starts his "it's alrights", no one obliges. Actually, I was in such a good mood by this point that I decided to do some "s'alrights" with him at the beginning of the song... but stopped when some guys in front of me turned around and gave me weird looks. :P
Oh, and I was the "Livin' on a Prayer" contest winner for Perth which meant my completely over-the-top miming of "Prayer" was splashed on the big screen for all to see. (Maybe that's why that woman on the train home was staring at me?) Anyway, I won a couple of free tickets, a VIP bag and a tour program, but ended up using my original ticket because it was a better seat. However, I got to play Santa; my mates got to see Bon Jovi for free, and I didn't have to pay $30 for a program so everyone's happy. :)
Anyway I've got to get up fairly early tomorrow, so I better try to come down from this high and get some sleep.