Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bon Jovi in New York 15/04/17 (night 2)

Bon Jovi wrapped up the first leg of their This House Is Not For Sale Tour with a second show at Madison Square Garden. Here's what they played:

New York, NY, USA - Madison Square Garden - 15 April 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout 
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name 
  4. Lost Highway 
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin' 
  6. Roller Coaster 
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow 
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 
  9. We Got It Going On 
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home 
  11. It's My Life 
  12. We Don't Run 
  13. God Bless This Mess 
  14. New Year's Day 
  15. Lay Your Hands On Me 
  16. Born to Be My Baby 
  17. Have a Nice Day 
  18. Bad Medicine 
  19. Keep the Faith

    Encore: 
  20. Raise Your Hands 
  21. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night 
  22. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars 
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive 
  24. Livin' On A Prayer 

While the only other Bon Jovi shows that have been announced so far are Rock in Rio and the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, David Bryan tweeted that this was the last show of this leg of the tour, indicating that more gigs should be announced before too long.

Videos from New York, Night #2

"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" (with a little false start):

"Keep the Faith":

If you have any videos you'd like to share from the second night at MSG, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Bon Jovi in New York 13/04/17 (night 1)

Bon Jovi brought their This House Is Not For Sale "home" for the first of two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. (These were, of course, the concerts that were rescheduled after Jon got sick.) Here's what was played on the first night at MSG:

New York, NY, USA - Madison Square Garden - 13 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Runaway
  22. Blood On Blood
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  24. Livin' On A Prayer
If you've been following the set lists at all, the main set should be quite familiar to you by now. There were a couple of changes in the encore. 

Videos from New York, Night #1



If you'd like to share any videos from the first night at MSG, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bon Jovi in Toronto 11/04/17 (night 2)

Bon Jovi performed the second of two consecutive shows in Toronto on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour, and here's what was played:

Toronto, ON, Canada - Air Canada Centre - 11 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Always
  22. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive [Phil X vox on 2nd verse]
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
The main set was identical to that of the first night (I kind of thought they'd at least swap "New Year's Day" out for "The Devil's in the Temple", which used to be in that slot. Maybe I'm overly optimistic!). But we did get "Always" and "Captain Crash" for the third and second time this tour respectively -- they replaced "Raise Your Hands" in the encore. Phil sang the second verse of "Wanted" again, presumably because he's originally from Toronto, but he does sound good... Dare I say a lot stronger than Jon does these days. 😞 (However, I've said on various forums that the Lost Highway Tour proved Jon could get back to sounding awesome after a period of deterioration in his voice, so I'm hopeful that he could return to that level again.)

Videos from Toronto, Night #2

In my opinion, this is the best "Always" of the tour thus far:


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

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bon Jovi in Toronto 10/04/17 (night 1)

After a few days off due to bronchitis, Bon Jovi resumed their This House Is Not For Sale Tour with the first of two consecutive nights in Toronto, the only Canadian (and indeed non-US) shows of this leg. Here's what was played:

Set list: Toronto, ON, Canada - Air Canada Centre - 10 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Raise Your Hands
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive [Phil X vox on 2nd verse]
  23. Livin' on a Prayer


Videos from Toronto, Night #1

Here's "Raise Your Hands" and "Wanted Dead or Alive", with Phil singing the second verse of "Wanted":

If you'd like to share any videos from the first night in Toronto, feel free to link to them in the comments.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bon Jovi in Pittsburgh 05/04/17

Hot on the heels of the "playback" scandal in Uncasville, Bon Jovi played a short (approximately 90-minute) show due to Jon being ill. Jon pulled a fan from the crowd up to sing "Born to Be My Baby" and David Bryan sang "Livin' on a Prayer" from the second verse onwards. Here's what was performed:

Set list: Pittsburg, PA, USA - PPG Paints Arena - 5 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. Runaway
  10. We Got It Going On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. Lay Your Hands On Me
  14. Born to Be My Baby [ft. Brad]
  15. Bad Medicine
  16. Livin' on a Prayer [David Bryan vox on 2nd verse]

"God Bless This Mess", "New Year's Day", "Keep the Faith", "Raise Your Hands", and of course "Wanted Dead or Alive" were the songs cut from the planned set list. Jon apologised midway through the show for "singing like shit". He has reportedly been sick since Saturday night, which is concerning with the Madison Square Garden shows coming up.

Now, I'm kind of torn here. Part of me is thinking, "This is your damn instrument, Jon, stop wrecking it. Reschedule the show, take the hit on social media. There's no point being a 'fighter' when you're a professional singer who can't sing." Plus, as a fan, if you'd saved up to go to this one show, it wouldn't be unreasonable to feel a bit ripped off. But then there are fans who have travelled for the show and can't get refunds on accommodation and airfares. And aside from the fact that Jon doesn't typically cancel when he's sick, he probably felt like he had more to prove after what happened in Uncasville. It got picked up quite a bit online, and now casual fans, former fans, and non-fans alike seem to think Jon routinely mimes entire shows, which is patently false. Even now, there are people claiming Jon is "conveniently" sick because he "got caught lip syncing". So whether he did the show poorly or cancelled it, it was a no-win situation for him.

UPDATE 07/04/17: Jon has bronchitis. On doctor's orders, the two Madison Square Garden shows have been postponed until April 13 and 15 respectively. Bon Jovi's website still has the previously-rescheduled Denver show going ahead on April 14.

UPDATE 08/04/17: Denver has now been cancelled. I'm assuming it wasn't logistically possible to go from NYC to Denver and back again. And doing so many shows in close succession whilst recovering from bronchitis may not have been the best idea. But cancelling a show that had already been postponed, in favour of the two MSG shows, effectively tells Denver fans that they are worth less than New York fans. I'd feel pretty hurt in that situation.

Videos from Pittsburgh

"Born to Be My Baby" featuring a fan from the crowd:


UPDATE 7/04/17: More videos have been uploaded. Thanks to the commenter below for links.

Here's "Livin' on a Prayer" with Dave on the second verse:

"It's My Life":




This is another angle of "Born to Be My Baby" with Brad:


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

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bon Jovi in Uncasville 01/04/17

Bon Jovi rehearsed for their This House Is Not For Sale Tour at Uncasville's Mohegan Sun Arena, and they returned there on April Fool's Day for a proper show. Here's what was played:

Set list: Uncasville, CT, USA - Mohegan Sun Arena - 1 April 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on this Guitar
  15. Lay Your Hands on Me
  16. Born to Be My Baby
  17. Have a Nice Day
  18. Bad Medicine
  19. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  20. Wanted Dead or Alive
  21. Livin' on a Prayer

Apparently the venue has a strict curfew, but nevertheless, it was a very short set with no surprises. (Previous shows there have also been short, but in the past, they've often thrown a bone to the diehards anyway. Not so much this time.)

There were actually two songs that were on the printed set list and crossed out. One was the song after "Scars on this Guitar", which I presume (based on other shows) was either "The Devil's in the Temple" or "New Year's Day". The other was the first song in the encore, which I'm guessing was "Raise Your Hands".

Videos from Uncasville

"You Give Love a Bad Name" (it's a bit shaky but the sound is fine):

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

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UPDATE 04/04/17: After I posted this, some videos of "This House Is Not For Sale" from this show were posted online, causing an uproar over possible lip syncing. You can view the discussion thread on JoviTalk. Basically there was a studio version of the song playing during the live performance, that went out of sync with the band:
Given he's always going on about integrity, the idea that Jon could be lip syncing a song that should sit comfortably in his current range would break my heart (particularly when he doesn't even sing the higher parts of the chorus; the rest of the band does). It would hurt more than the thought of his once good voice being gone forever. But... if he were lip syncing, they would only need a vocal track, not the full band. And they'd use a recording that sounded live, not a studio version.

Jon's brother, Matt Bongiovi, provided this explanation on Twitter:


In case the image doesn't load, it reads:

"Sound Crew recorded soundcheck so the lighting crew can reset lighting marks. They were able to reset timecode to the recording and reprogram lights. The recorded program was not closed so when the lighting ques started the soundcheck started to play over the band performing. Therefor a cluster fuck of sound. They quickly realized program was closed and the show went on. Nothing to do with background tracks or vocals or anything other then a tech that fucked up" (sic).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bon Jovi in Philadelphia 31/03/17

Bon Jovi headed to Philly on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour, and here's what was played:

Set list: Philadelphia, PA, USA - Wells Fargo Center - 31 March 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born To Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. Runaway
  10. We Got It Goin' On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless This Mess
  15. Scars On This Guitar
  16. New Year's Day
  17. Lay Your Hands On Me
  18. Born To Be My Baby
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  22. Raise Your Hands
  23. The Fighter [acoustic]
  24. Wanted Dead or Alive
  25. Livin' on a Prayer
An acoustic snippet of "The Fighter" was the big surprise of the night, making its tour debut. And "Runaway" was played for the second concert in a row, despite not being on the printed set list.

Videos from Philadelphia

Here's "The Fighter" and "Wanted Dead or Alive":

"New Year's Day":

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" and "Runaway" (including the "time machine" intro):

"This House Is Not For Sale", shot from about a 45-degree angle from the stage as the curtain goes up:

"Bad Medicine", in which Jon gets up close and personal with the crowd:


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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bon Jovi in Detroit 29/03/17

Bon Jovi brought their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Detroit, performing at Joe Louis Arena (which is set to be demolished this year) and paying tribute to hometown hero Bob Seger. Here's what they played:

Set list: Detroit, MI, USA - Joe Louis Arena - 29 March 2017

  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Old Time Rock 'n' Roll [Bob Seger cover]
  9. Runaway
  10. We Got It Going On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless this Mess
  15. Scars on this Guitar
  16. New Year's Day
  17. Lay Your Hands On Me
  18. Born to Be My Baby
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  22. Raise Your Hands
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
"Runaway" made its tour debut, as did "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll".

Videos from Detroit

MLive produced this highlights video. It features snippets of "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll", "Runaway", "We Got It Going On", "Lay Your Hands on Me", "Wanted Dead or Alive", and "Livin' on a Prayer":


Here's "Runaway":


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

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bon Jovi Reunion contest

As Jon mentioned at the recent concert in Indianapolis, Bon Jovi are holding a contest to perform live at your commencement ceremony this year. They will play "Reunion" and speak to the graduating class. This contest is open to students who are graduating from a US college in 2017.

To enter, tweet a photo of your favourite college memory with the hashtag #JBJreunioncontest and tag your school.

Watch Jon's announcement on MTVU. (Since it's an American contest, you can only view this video if you're in the US, or if you use a proxy. I originally embedded the video in this post but it autoplays and I find that annoying.)

Jon also spoke to GMA about the Reunion Contest ahead of tonight's concert in Detroit:



UPDATE 30/03/17: This new graduation-themed video set to "Reunion" was just uploaded to YouTube. In addition to footage of people celebrating their graduations, it features snippets of commencement speeches from late Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy, Indiana University graduate Parker Mantell, and former US President Barack Obama:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bon Jovi in St Paul 27/03/17

Bon Jovi headed to St Paul, Minnesota on the anniversary of 7800° Fahrenheit's release, but I think we all knew there wasn't a hope in hell that something from that album would be played, and we were right. Here's what did get played:

Set list: Saint Paul, MN, USA - Xcel Energy Center - 27 March 2017

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

    Encore:
  21. Blood on Blood
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive
  23. Livin' On A Prayer
Videos from St Paul

"Livin' on a Prayer":

"Roller Coaster":

If you'd like to share any videos from St Paul, feel free to share them in the comments.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Bon Jovi in Chicago 26/03/17

Bon Jovi brought their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Chicago, and here's what was played:

Set list: Chicago, IL, USA - United Center - 26 March 2017

  1. This House Is Not Fot Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. New Year's Day
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Raise Your Hands
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive
  23. Livin' on a Prayer

Nothing new, though "New Year's Day", which has only been played a couple of times, got another airing -- again in the place of "The Devil's in the Temple". "Labor of Love" was listed as an audible but didn't make the set list.

Videos from Chicago

"Keep the Faith" from behind the stage:


Here's the band taking their final bows:

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

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jon Bon Jovi's Sex Sells listening party

Back in 1998, Jon Bon Jovi was making what was possibly going to be his third solo album, Sex Sells. This album later morphed into a band album and became what is now known as Crush.

A recording from a listening party, where fans were asked to rate potential tracks for Sex Sells, was recently uploaded to YouTube. The sound quality is not great and there are people talking over it, but fans will recognise some of the tracks as early versions of songs that were eventually released on Crush, on the 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong box set, as B-sides on singles, or (in the case of "Real Life") on the soundtrack for EDtv.

Listen to the recording here:

Here's the track list:

  1. Just Older
  2. Hush
  3. Save the World
  4. Shadow Dancing
  5. Good Ain't Good Enough
  6. Stay
  7. Real Life
  8. I Got the Girl
  9. You Can't Lose at Love
  10. Gimme Some
Thanks to the reader who alerted me to this. 🙂

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bon Jovi in Indianapolis 22/03/17

Bon Jovi took their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Indianapolis, which is apparently their first concert in Indiana since 2003, when they did a half acoustic/half electric show. (If memory serves me, a planned 2013 concert in Indianapolis was cancelled.) Here's what was played in 2017:

Set list: Indianapolis, IN, USA - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - 22 March 2017

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

    Encore:
  21. Reunion
  22. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  23. Livin' On A Prayer
"Reunion" was performed for the second time this tour.

Videos from Indianapolis

This video features the start of the encore after a longish wait, during which someone yells "Never Say Goodbye" (a song they should seriously think about including in the sets; I think Jon can sing the acoustic version without damaging himself). Anyway, Jon starts talking at 2:25, revealing that they're starting a campaign to come and play "Reunion" at graduation ceremonies in the US:

(UPDATE: The embedded video doesn't work that well, so here's the link to the video on Facebook.)


"Who Says You Can't Go Home":


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

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Bon Jovi in Cleveland 19/03/17

It was back-to-back shows in Ohio for Bon Jovi (following the previous night in Columbus). Here's what was played:

Set list: Cleveland, OH, USA - Quicken Loans Arena - 19 March 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. Work for the Working Man
  9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  10. We Got It Going On
  11. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless This Mess
  15. Scars on This Guitar
  16. New Year's Day
  17. Lay Your Hands on Me
  18. Born to Be My Baby
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  22. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
"Captain Crash" made its This House Is Not For Sale Tour debut, while "New Year's Day" was played for the second time this tour, replacing "The Devil's in the Temple" in the set. 

Videos from Cleveland

Here's a compilation video from the concert containing snippets of "Livin' on a Prayer", "Who Says You Can't Go Home", "Have a Nice Day", "New Year's Day", "Scars on this Guitar", "God Bless This Mess", "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars", "Work for the Working Man", "We Weren't Born to Follow", "Roller Coaster", "Whole Lot of Leavin'", "You Give Love a Bad Name", and "Knockout":
 

UPDATE 21/03/17: 
Here's "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars":



"New Year's Day", including Jon talking about the inspiration for the track:



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

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bon Jovi in Columbus 18/03/17

Shortly after the news broke that rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry had died at the age of 90, Bon Jovi hit the stage in Columbus, Ohio on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Here's what was played:

Set list: Columbus, OH, USA - Nationwide Arena - 18 March 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Johnny B. Goode [Chuck Berry cover]
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Raise Your Hands
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive
  23. Livin' on a Prayer
One of Chuck Berry's best known songs, the semi-autobiographical "Johnny B. Goode" was performed in tribute. "Raise Your Hands" was also played for only the second time this tour despite being listed as an audible at every show.

Videos from Columbus

"Johnny B. Goode":
 

UPDATE 20/03/17: "Raise Your Hands":



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

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bon Jovi in Memphis 16/03/17

Bon Jovi were back on the road again after a week-long break in their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Here's what was played in Memphis:

Set list: Memphis, TN, USA - FedExForum - 16 March 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a  Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on this Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Livin' on a Prayer
It was a short show with no surprises. The audibles were "Always", "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night", "Raise Your Hands", and "Blood on Blood" (as they've been all tour) but none of them were played.

Would've been cool if David Bryan had done "Memphis Lives in Me" like he did at the same venue in 2011:
 

Videos from Memphis in 2017

"Born To Be My Baby":
 

"Wanted Dead or Alive":



If you want to share any videos from Memphis, feel free to link to them in the comments. 🙂

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bon Jovi in Inglewood 08/03/17

Bon Jovi headed to Inglewood, California on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Here's what was played:

Set list: Inglewood, CA, USA - The Forum - 8 March 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Jumpin' Jack Flash [Rolling Stones cover]
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Always
  22. Blood on Blood
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer

"We Weren't Born to Follow" was dedicated "to all the ladies" for International Women's Day. "Always" made a long-awaited return, having been dropped after the first night of the tour. Due to the postponement of Bon Jovi's Denver concert (from March 14 to April 14), the band now has an eight-day break before the next show of the tour, which will be in Memphis.

Videos from Inglewood

Here's "Always" in full:

This is most of "Always" and "Blood on Blood", with a bit of Jon talking about how hard the former is to sing:



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

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Bon Jovi in San Diego 05/03/17

While Jon did a Runaway Tours fan club show there in 2014, I believe this was Bon Jovi's first concert in San Diego since the Keep the Faith Tour. Here's what was played on the This House Is Not For Sale Tour in 2017:

Set list: San Diego, CA, USA - Viejas Arena - 5 March 2017

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

    Encore:
  20. Reunion
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Livin' On A Prayer
"Reunion" made its tour debut at this show.

Videos from San Diego

The end of "Reunion", plus "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Livin' on a Prayer", and final bows:

"Lay Your Hands on Me":

"You Give Love a Bad Name":

UPDATE 7/3/17: Here's another video featuring most of "Reunion" and "Wanted Dead or Alive":


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

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bon Jovi in Phoenix 4/3/17

After a few days off, Bon Jovi continued their This House Is Not For Sale Tour in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the arena's Facebook page, the mayor of Phoenix henceforth declared March 4 "Bon Jovi Day". Here's what was played:

Set list: Phoenix, AZ, USA - Talking Stick Resort Arena - 4 March 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot Of Leavin
  6. We Weren't Born To Follow
  7. Roller Coaster
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Jumpin' Jack Flash [Rolling Stones cover]
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars On This Guitar
  15. The Devil's In The Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born To Be My Baby
  18. Have A Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep The Faith

    Encore:
  21. Because We Can
  22. Blood On Blood
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  24. Livin' On A Prayer

Bit disappointed that "Living with the Ghost" was dropped after one show (but "Because We Can" is still in the encore? Really? 😕). Nice to see "Blood on Blood" back though.

A snippet of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" was performed as part of a medley in "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" for the first time on this tour. At this point, just doing the "jukebox medley" every show and changing the cover songs in it would be a welcome surprise. I mean, I'd probably have a great time if I were physically at these shows, but there are plenty of fans who go to multiple shows on a tour and it sucks that they're very unlikely to get anything different at the moment.

UPDATE 5/3/17: "We Weren't Born to Follow" was dedicated to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.

UPDATE 7/3/17: Bon Jovi had a reunion of sorts with Tico Torres' long-time drum tech Joe "JD" Dorosz, who had a stroke last year. Bon Jovi will match every donation to JD's GoFundMe page.

Videos from Phoenix

Here's "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the end of "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead":

"Blood on Blood":


"Keep the Faith":

Jon talking to the crowd before performing "It's My Life":


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

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P.S. The first thing that comes up if you search Bon Jovi Phoenix on YouTube is this performance of "Living in Sin" from 1989. I try not to live in the past (or in this case, pretend to remember a past that occurred when I was only a few months old) but I don't think there's anything wrong with celebrating it... and I really wanted to post this video. Wow.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rig rundown for This House Is Not For Sale Tour

For the guitar gear heads out there, Premier Guitar recently spoke to Phil X, Hugh McDonald, and John Shanks about their tour rigs for Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale Tour.

You can watch the video on Premier Guitar:

  • Shanks is on from 0:28 to 52:58
  • Phil is on from 52:58 to 1:15:14
  • Hugh is on from 1:15:14 to 1:20:00


As a side note, Huey brought the bass he uses for "Something to Believe In" so... take a hint, Jon. 😉

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bon Jovi in San Jose 1/3/17

On the eve of JBJ's birthday, Bon Jovi headed to San Jose. Here's what was played:

Set list: San Jose, CA, USA - SAP Center - 1 March 2017

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

    Encore:
  21. Living With The Ghost
  22. Because We Can
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  24. Livin' On A Prayer

"Living with the Ghost" (one of my favourite songs from This House Is Not For Sale) FINALLY made its tour debut.

Videos from San Jose

xXBronxXx uploaded one hour and 20 minutes of the concert shot from behind the stage. The encore (and therefore "Living with the Ghost") starts about an hour (1:00:00) into the video:

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bon Jovi in Sacramento 28/2/17

Bon Jovi ended the first month of their This House Is Not For Sale Tour in Sacramento. Here's what was played:

Set list: Sacramento, CA, USA - Golden 1 Center - 28 February 2017

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

    Encore:
  20. We Don't Run
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Livin' on a Prayer
Hopefully March will be a bit more... interesting on paper. 😉 None of the tour dates fall on Jon's birthday, but San Jose and Phoenix are pretty close, so I'm hoping for "Just Older" or something like that.

Videos from Sacramento

Livin' on a Prayer:

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

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bon Jovi in Las Vegas 25/2/17

Between the last show in Dallas and this one in Las Vegas, it was announced that Bon Jovi's concert in Denver -- originally scheduled for 14 March 2017 -- had been postponed to 14 April due to a "scheduling conflict". While there's nothing else on at the Pepsi Center on 14 March, there is a basketball game on the 13th and an ice hockey match on the 15th, so the conflict may have something to do with loading in and out and setting up the stage.

Anyway, here's what Bon Jovi played when the This House Is Not For Sale Tour hit Las Vegas:

Set list: Las Vegas, NV, USA - T-Mobile Arena - 25 February 2017

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

    Encore:
  21. I Got The Girl
  22. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' On a Prayer


We got arguably the first big surprise of the tour in "I Got the Girl". Jon's daughter Stephanie, whom the song was written about, was at the show, and Jon got her up on stage to dance.

Videos from Las Vegas

"I Got the Girl" with a cameo from Stephanie Bongiovi:

"Roller Coaster":

UPDATE 3/3/17: Damned TV put together this multicam video of "I Got the Girl":


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

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Bon Jovi in Dallas 23/2/17

"Labor of Love" made its tour debut at Bon Jovi's show in Dallas on Feb 23. Here's everything that was played:

Set list: Dallas, TX, USA - American Airlines Center - 23 February 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway 
  5. Whole Lot Of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born To Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars On This Guitar
  15. The Devil's In The Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born To Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep The Faith

    Encore:
  21. Labor of Love
  22. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  23. Livin' On A Prayer
American Airlines Center also presented the band with a custom belt buckle to commemorate eight sold-out shows at the venue.

Videos from Dallas


Here are some individual songs from YouTube:

"Labor of Love":


"This House Is Not For Sale" with the pre-concert intro and rising curtain:

"Bad Medicine":


"Keep the Faith":

If you have any links to videos, feel free to share them in the comments. 🙂

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bon Jovi in Oklahoma City 21/2/17

Bon Jovi brought their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Oklahoma on February 21. Here's what was played:

Set list: Oklahoma City, OK, USA - Chesapeake Energy Arena - 21 February 2017 

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to Be My Baby
  18. Have A Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep The Faith

    Encore:
  21. Because We Can
  22. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  23. Livin' On A Prayer



According to a fan in attendance, Jon stuffed up "Bad Medicine":
They restarted the song, by the way.

As for the set list... I know Jon tends to string together "boring" sets in many cities in North America (which kind of punishes diehard American fans for the "sins" of casual fans, but that's a whole other story). The fact remains that we've only heard 29 songs over the course of eight shows on this tour so far. And I can't believe "Because We Can" is an encore song now, lol. "Work for the Working Man" (which I don't mind but most fans seem to hate) did get dropped though. 😉

Since I'm yet to find any complete videos from the 2017 OKC show, I thought I'd share one from the previous Bon Jovi concert there. It was also at Chesapeake Arena, on the Because We Can Tour. The date was 16 March 2013... which would turn out to be Richie Sambora's second last gig with Bon Jovi.

This is "Always" from 2013. Hopefully it reappears on the THINFS Tour soon:

 

UPDATE 23/2/17:
Videos from Oklahoma City 

A few vids from the 2017 show have now been uploaded.

This is a great video (in terms of image and sound quality) of "Scars on This Guitar":

Here's "Livin' on a Prayer":

Jon stepped into the crowd and kisses someone during "Bad Medicine":


If you have links to videos from this concert, or any others on the THINFS Tour (past and future), please share them in the comments or email us. 😉

Were you at the OKC show?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bon Jovi in St. Louis 19/2/17

After playing in Nashville the day before, Bon Jovi headed to St. Louis for the next show of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Here's what was played:

Set list: St. Louis, MO, USA - Scottrade Center - 19 February 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. Work For the Working Man
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars On This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born To Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith

    Encore:
  21. Raise Your Hands
  22. Because We Can
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
"Raise Your Hands" was played for the first time this tour after being listed as an audible at previous shows.

Videos from St. Louis

"Lay Your Hands on Me" has made a return this tour after not being played since The Circle/Greatest Hits Tour, and I'm finally sharing a video of it:

"Wanted Dead or Alive":

UPDATE 24/2/17: Jerry recorded the whole show:


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bon Jovi in Nashville 18/2/17

Bon Jovi headed to Nashville as they continued their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Hugh McDonald's stepson Jake Johnson was the opening act, while Bon Jovi reportedly set an attendance record for the venue.

Here's what they played:

Set list: Nashville, TN, USA - Bridgestone Arena - 18 February 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. Work for the Working Man 
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got It Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born To Be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  21. Blood on Blood
  22. Because We Can
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer

I was kind of expecting "I Love This Town" given the song is supposed to be about Nashville, although I'm not exactly crying that it wasn't played. I was, however, hoping for "Always" or "Bed of Roses", both of which were played in Nashville on the Because We Can Tour.

Here's Jon talking about the stories behind the album and some of their other songs, before performing "God Bless This Mess":


This is "Whole Lot of Leavin'" from Nashville:

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UPDATE 20/2/17:

"We Don't Run" from the Nashville show (with a decent view of the messages on the big screens):


And here's a photo of Bon Jovi with the Jake Johnson Band (on Jake's Instagram, originally posted Bon Jovi's Facebook).

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bon Jovi in Birmingham 16/2/17

Bon Jovi continued their This House Is Not For Sale Tour with a trip to Birmingham, Alabama for the first time since the New Jersey Tour, if I'm not mistaken.

Here's what was played in 2017:

Set list: Birmingham, AL, USA - Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex - 16 February 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Lost Highway
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. Work for the Working Man 
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. We Got it Going On
  10. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  11. It's My Life
  12. We Don't Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Blood on Blood
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  21. Born To Be My Baby
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive
  23. Livin' on a Prayer

I was happy to see "We Weren't Born to Follow" dropped for reasons previously stated, but it's still not a terribly exciting set on paper. I do hope Jon stands his ground and keeps playing lots of songs from This House Is Not For Sale... though I feel like they could've rotated through the entire album by now instead of only playing the same few songs. (They repeated the live listening party four times so it's not like they haven't performed the other tracks before.)

Here's a video of "Born to Be My Baby":

UPDATE 20/2/17: Here's a video of Jon exchanging some banter with the crowd before the band plays "The Devil's in the Temple":


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bon Jovi in Tampa 14/2/17

Bon Jovi headed to Tampa, Florida for Valentine's Day on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. I'm a bit disappointed there was no love song for the occasion -- like "Always" or "Bed of Roses"... or even "Real Love", which is easier on Jon's voice and has the benefit of promoting the current album. I don't expect Bon Jovi to be Bruce Springsteen, but the Tampa set list is exactly the same as what was played in Atlanta a few days ago...

Set list: Tampa, FL, USA - Amalie Arena - 14 February 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Weren't Born To Follow
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Roller Coaster
  8. Work For The Working Man
  9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  10. We Got It Goin' On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless This Mess
  15. Scars on This Guitar
  16. The Devil's in the Temple
  17. Lay Your Hands On Me
  18. Blood on Blood
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  22. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
Here's Jon talking about old radio stations before kissing a woman in the crowd:
 

And a video of "Scars on this Guitar", which I guess is technically a love song, albeit to a guitar. While I like the song, I think my favourite part of the video was watching Everett Bradley in the background 😜:


"Roller Coaster" from behind the stage:


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bon Jovi in Sunrise 12/2/17

The next official stop on the This House Is Not For Sale Tour was Sunrise, Florida. But between the last show and this one, Bon Jovi did a Runaway Tours gig in Fort Lauderdale. During the Q&A in Fort Lauderdale, it was revealed that we can expect tour dates in Canada later this year, and other countries in 2018. (Extra time to save money, folks. 😉)

Here's what was played in Sunrise:

Set list: Sunrise, FL, USA - BB&T Center - 12 February 2017

  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Weren't Born To Follow
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Work for the Working Man
  8. Roller Coaster
  9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  10. We Got it Goin' On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless This Mess
  15. Scars on this Guitar
  16. New Year's Day
  17. Lay Your Hands On Me
  18. Blood on Blood
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  22. Someday I'll be Saturday Night
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
After previously being touted as a possible show opener, "New Year's Day" made its tour debut. Also, Jon really really really likes "Working Man". (I actually don't mind it, despite the hate it gets from most fans, but as I've said in the past, I would much prefer to hear "Love's the Only Rule" from that album.)

Here's a video featuring part of "We Don't Run", all of "God Bless This Mess", and part of "Scars on this Guitar", as well as Jon talking about the album:

"You Give Love a Bad Name":

"It's My Life":

 

UPDATE 14/2/17: The tour debut of "New Year's Day" is also on YouTube now:


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bon Jovi in Atlanta 10/2/17

Bon Jovi headed to Atlanta, Georgia for their second show of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour. The set list was similar, though not exactly the same, as that of the opening night in Greenville. "Because We Can" got dropped (hopefully forever) but so did "Always" (unfortunately).

Set list: Atlanta, GA, USA - Philips Arena - 10 February 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love A Bad Name
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Weren't Born To Follow
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Roller Coaster
  8. Work For The Working Man
  9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  10. We Got It Goin' On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. We Don't Run
  14. God Bless This Mess
  15. Scars On This Guitar
  16. The Devil's In The Temple
  17. Lay Your Hands On Me
  18. Blood On Blood
  19. Have A Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  22. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  24. Livin' On A Prayer
Here's "Livin' on a Prayer" from this concert:

Like the Greenville show, there's been a lack of decent YouTube videos from Atlanta. I'm guessing that people who might be inclined to take videos have been live streaming instead. I prefer not to use up my battery and data that way, but that's just me.

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UPDATE 14/2/17: "Blood on Blood" from this show is now on YouTube. It includes Jon kissing Phil X after the latter messed up:

Phil went on to explain this moment on Instagram:



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UPDATE 24/2/17: Damned TV, which remasters audio from live Bon Jovi performances, has uploaded this video of "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" from Atlanta:


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Fan-made video for Living with the Ghost

When Bon Jovi's music video for "Living with the Ghost" was released in January, I was one of many fans who expressed disappointment in it. Not because I oppose its message, but because the song is about Richie Sambora's departure, and it feels disingenuous to suddenly pretend it's about Camden.

One fan decided to do something about it, creating an alternative video for "Living with the Ghost". It uses the footage of Jon lip syncing in the original video, with clips from other band videos.

Check out Guilherme's alternate version of "Living with the Ghost" on YouTube:


What do you think of this fan-made video?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bon Jovi in Greenville 8/2/17

Bon Jovi kicked off their This House Is Not For Sale Tour in Greenville, South Carolina. In case you missed the promo shows, the new look touring lineup is as follows:

  • Jon Bon Jovi on lead vocals (obviously)
  • David Bryan on keyboards
  • Tico Torres on drums
  • Hugh McDonald on bass (finally "official" after more than two decades)
  • Phil X on guitar (also elevated to "official" member
  • John Shanks on guitar (a somewhat controversial move after a decade of mixed feelings from fans about his producing skills)
  • Everett Bradley on percussion
Tour photographer David Bergman shot this video as the band was heading to South Carolina. (It was also Dave Bryan's birthday).



Here's what was played at the concert:

Set list: Greenville, SC, USA - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - 8 February 2017

  1. This House is Not for Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Weren't Born To Follow
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Roller Coaster
  8. Working Man for the Working Man
  9. Because We Can
  10. We Got It Goin' On
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. It's My Life
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. The Devil's In the Temple
  16. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  17. Blood on Blood
  18. Lay Your Hands on Me
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Bad Medicine
  21. Keep the Faith
    Encore:
  22. Always
  23. Wanted Dead or Alive
  24. Livin' on a Prayer
A few comments on the set list:
  • I love This House Is Not For Sale (the album) so I hope they keep playing lots of tracks from it. But it'd be better to spread them throughout the set instead of putting them in blocks (or as casual fans might call them, "bathroom/drinks breaks").
  • Speaking of new tracks, play "Living with the Ghost"!
  • I was hoping "We Weren't Born to Follow" would be dropped by now. And surely putting it next to "Born to be My Baby" only highlights the fact that they have the same chorus. "Love's the Only Rule" would be a better song to play from The Circle.
  • Why is "Because We Can" still being played? That singalong didn't work on the Because We Can Tour and it sure isn't going to work now.
Some people in attendance live streamed part or all of the show online, but I was at work and couldn't watch. There don't seem to be any videos on YouTube yet, but you can watch/listen to this Periscope stream (from "Roller Coaster" to part of "Have a Nice Day"). I'll update this post with a selection of videos if they pop up. Apparently Jon acknowledged his vocal troubles during the encore, saying he'd been working hard on it and his goal was to sing "Always" on the first night of the tour.

Were you at this show? Or are you going to any of the other dates that have been announced of this tour?

UPDATE 11/2/17: I've been surprised by the lack of quality videos from this show, but some soundboard recordings (audio only) have been uploaded on YouTube.

"Always" -- I think Jon sounds decent in parts... not anywhere near his best obviously, and not at Lost Highway Tour level... but better than he's sounded in the last three or four years. I hope he's got a vocal coach because I don't believe it's too late to get his voice back, but it'll take time and work.


"Lay Your Hands on Me" -- This made a return after not been performed at all on the Because We Can or Burning Bridges Tours, and I'm glad it did.