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:



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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