Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jon Bon Jovi reveals new 2020 album title

The Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon Jovi: Mediterranean cruise is currently taking place but some big news has already emerged from it. Jon revealed the new album, slated for release early next year, will be called Bon Jovi: 2020.

Runaway to Paradise with Jon Bon Jovi logo featuring a stylised heart and winged dagger and a cruise ship.


Here's what Jon had to say about Bon Jovi: 2020, as reported by Variety:
“It’s an election year, so why not?” said the New Jersey rocker. “I couldn’t do any worse.”
The other reason for the title, he explained, was that he has a “clear vision” following the release of the band’s previous album. 2016’s “This House is Not For Sale.” 
“‘This House is Not For Sale’ dealt with personal matters, and now it’s behind us,” he said during an acoustic set. “Now I have clear vision moving forward.” 
Bon Jovi added that the album will feature more “socially conscious” themes, including songs about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and the recent shootings in Ohio and Texas. 
“I’m very happy with it,” he said. “It’s a different record.”

Okay, sure, but are they going to tour it? Will they name they tour after the album? If the tour stretches across three years like the This House Is Not For Sale Tour, will we get the 2020 Tour in 2021 or 2022? Is the Bon Jovi store going to be flooded with JBJ for President merchandise?

In all seriousness though, I don't care too much what they call the album. I care about its contents, not the title. And I really hope it's a record I dig. But time will tell.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Bon Jovi in Tel Aviv 25/07/19

And that's a wrap for the mostly-European leg of Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale Tour! Here's what was played in Tel Aviv:

Tel Aviv, Israel - Park HaYarkon - July 25, 2019 set list

  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Born to Be My Baby
  3. Lost Highway
  4. You Give Love a Bad Name
  5. Roller Coaster
  6. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Blood on Blood
  10. We Don't Run
  11. Have a Nice Day
  12. Keep the Faith
  13. Amen
  14. Bed of Roses
  15. It's My Life
  16. God Bless This Mess
  17. Wanted Dead or Alive
  18. Lay Your Hands on Me
  19. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars
  20. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  21. Always
  22. Livin' on a Prayer

Selected videos from Tel Aviv

"Always" - Well, it sounded a lot better in London last month. "Always" wasn't a planned inclusion in the Tel Aviv set, and the crowd singing helps mask some of the vocal issues but not all:

"Bed of Roses":

Jon's ripping introduction of David Bryan, courtesy of David's daughter Gabby:

Feel free to share any other videos and/or your thoughts in general. 😊

Bon Jovi heads back on the road in September for a handful of shows in South America.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bon Jovi in Bucharest 21/07/19

For the last European show of the This House Is Not For Sale Tour, Bon Jovi headed to Bucharest. Here's what was played:

Bucharest, Romania - Piața Constituției - July 21, 2019 set list


  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. Amen
  12. Roller Coaster
  13. It's My Life
  14. We Don't Run
  15. Wanted Dead or Alive
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars
  18. Bad Medicine

    Encore #1:
  19. Livin' on a Prayer

    Encore #2:
  20. I'd Die For You
  21. Twist and Shout [The Top Notes/The Isley Brothers/The Beatles cover]


The band wraps up this leg of the tour in Tel Aviv, before a couple of months off.

Selected videos from Bucharest

"I'd Die For You" - This is pretty rough, but I can't not post the video given it's the closest thing to a rarity in this set despite being played at the previous show in Klagenfurt:

"Twist and Shout" - Jon apologised to the crowd for not being quite up to speed before the final song:

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Bon Jovi in Klagenfurt 19/07/19

Bon Jovi followed up Vienna with another Austrian show, this time performing in Klagenfurt for the first time. This was the set:

Klagenfurt, Austria - Wörthersee Stadion - July 19, 2019 set list

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. Amen
  12. Bed of Roses
  13. I'd Die For You
  14. It's My Life
  15. Knockout
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. Lay Your Hands on Me
  18. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore: 
  20. Always
  21. Livin' on a Prayer

I realised "Knockout" was played for the first time this year, but I still think the song sucks (despite continuing to enjoy most of the album) so I don't care. 😜

Selected videos from Klagenfurt

"I'd Die For You" - Good to see something different. This was a belated performance for someone who's been requesting the song at previous shows:

"Always" - There were a couple of false starts after David Bryan made some uncharacteristic mistakes at the beginning:

"Bed of Roses" featuring two dance partners:

Feel free to share your thoughts. And if there are any other videos you'd like to share, you can do that too. 😊

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Bon Jovi in Vienna 17/07/19

After performing at the TW Classic in Werchter, Bon Jovi took their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Vienna, and here's what was played:

Vienna, Austria - Ernst Happel Stadion - July 17, 2019 set list

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. Amen
  12. Bed of Roses
  13. Roller Coaster
  14. It's My Life
  15. God Bless This Mess
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. Lay Your Hands on Me
  18. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars
  19. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  20. These Days
  21. Livin' on a Prayer

Selected videos from Vienna

"Lay Your Hands on Me" - Front man Jon is in full flight, and the video includes some close-up shots as he goes into the crowd. Plus, it's a song where the band and audience can pick up a lot of the slack with the choruses:

"These Days" - I will never not want the band to play this song but I sort of had to brace myself before listening to this:

"Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" - An overplayed song, but it's kinda fun to watch:


Feel free to share your thoughts and any other videos. 😊

Extras

Jon Foreman, lead singer and guitarist of support act Switchfoot, tweeted this pic of the crowd in Vienna:
And Phil X posted this backstage photo of himself with fellow guitar players Scotti Hill and Drew Shirley from Skid Row and Switchfoot, respectively:



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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bon Jovi in Werchter (TW Classic) 14/07/19 #TWC19

Bon Jovi headed to Belgium for the TW Classic festival. Here's what was played:

Werchter, Belgium - Festivalpark - July 14, 2019

  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. Blood on Blood
  12. Roller Coaster
  13. It's My Life
  14. We Don't Run
  15. Wanted Dead or Alive
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  18. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  19. Livin' on a Prayer


Very short set, though I acknowledge it was a festival. But still.

Videos from Werchter

"Blood on Blood":

"Wanted Dead or Alive":


Extras

John Fogerty was also part of the TWC 2019 line-up. JBJ and Tico Torres are repping Bon Jovi in this pic:

Everett Bradley posted a fun picture of himself with Fogerty's drummer Kenny Aronoff, who also played on JBJ's solo albums:

And Tico's talents apparently include targeting Phil X and John Shanks with bread as they wander around Brussels 🤣:


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Bon Jovi in Warsaw 12/07/19

Here's what Bon Jovi played when they took their This House Is Not For Sale Tour to Poland:

Warsaw, Poland - PGE Narodowy - July 12, 2019 set list

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Runaway
  8. We Weren't Born to Follow
  9. Have a Nice Day
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. Amen
  12. Bed of Roses
  13. Roller Coaster
  14. It's My Life
  15. We Don't Run
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. Lay Your Hands on Me
  18. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
  19. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  20. Bad Medicine

    Encore:
  21. I'll Be There For You
  22. Livin' on a Prayer

Videos from Warsaw

"Bed of Roses":

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" and "Bad Medicine":

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