Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bon Jovi / Kings of Suburbia Saratoga set list 22/7/13

Bon Jovi was joined by the Kings of Suburbia (Jon's backup band for his solo/benefit gigs) at this show in Saratoga Springs. The set ended up being what you would typically get at one of those solo gigs. Some fans loved the surprise, while others were fuming.

Were you at this concert? What did you think of it?

Saratoga Springs, NY, US - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) - July 22, 2013
  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles cover (Bobby Bandiera on lead vocals)
  2. Ain't Nothin' But a House Party - The Showstoppers cover
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Lost Highway
  6. It's My Life
  7. Because We Can
  8. Under Pressure - Queen/David Bowie cover
  9. I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen cover
  10. Amen
  11. Not Running Anymore
  12. The Fighter
  13. Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison cover (Bobby Bandiera on lead vocals)
  14. The Letter - The Box Tops cover
  15. We Weren't Born to Follow
  16. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  17. Baba O'Riley - The Who cover (Bobby Bandiera on lead vocals)
  18. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Encore:
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Livin' on a Prayer
  23. 634-5789 - Wilson Pickett cover
  24. Old Time Rock 'n' Roll - Bob Seger cover

Jon's brother Matt tweeted about the show:


  1. Is it just me, or does Matt sound like a total snob almost every time he tweets?

    1. I always think Matt sounds like a jackass in his tweets. I only followed him briefly because he was always so mad. I understand that he might be fed up with constant complaints, etc, but he always comes off as a jerk IMO. Sometimes his responses might be warranted, but other times I think he's just being snotty. You are not alone in this.

  2. I think he's just at the point where you get tired of putting up with people's expectations. They were truly having a great time and he is defending that. It sounds like an amazing set list. A lot of the people that are negative tweeting sound like snobs to me. Pam

  3. I really, really like the idea; however, they should have advertised it as something different from the usual Bon Jovi concert. Fans could have been intrigued and excited rather than mad at paying top dollar for a lot of cover songs.

    Years ago I attended a Linda Ronstadt concert (after she had essentially stopped touring). My sister and I drove 6 hours to the concert to discover along with the rest of the audience that it was a jazz concert with her singing mostly Rosemary Clooney songs. She did sing a couple of her standard songs in the encore but the crowd was paying for a Linda Ronstadt concert. The crowd didn't fault her (she was great) but faulted the promoter of the show for not advertising it correctly.

  4. I thought I was taking my family to see a Bon Jovi concert last night. Instead I saw 9 cover songs by a bar band from New Jersey (some which Jon Bon Jovi sang and some of which he wasn’t on stage for) and 3 solo accoustic songs by Jon. The rest of the Bon Jovi band wasn’t even on stage for half the show. It was completely different than the Gillette Stadium setlist from 2 nights ago. Richie Sambora wouldn’t have put up with that nonsense. Violin solo? Really?

  5. I just went on to Matt Bongiovi's twitter page, and the constant references to the guys just needing to have some fun, kind of leaves the impression they are not normally having much fun. I found it a bit odd that he implies they needed to do this in order to have some fun...

  6. I find it very interesting that they went back to a pure Bon Jovi setlist afterthe disaster of Saratoga. Especially given that Matt stated it was a 2-night thing and "not the new norm". The experiment of Saratoga failed and we got screwed.
    Matt, can I get my $250 back. I paid $500 for my family to attend, and the Bon Jovi band was on stage for half the show and some lounge act was on for the other half. A half refund seems fair.

  7. A lot of the time when you go see a band they do cover songs. It is NOT UNUSUAL. It just happens to be what the artist chooses to do that night. I have been to 200+ concerts and this is true for almost every single band. Pam

  8. In the last 8 days I have attended 3 shows and will be attending my 4th tonight. Our road trip has taken us to 3 States. After the epic performance at Gillette last week I was surprised the directionvtjwy took at Saratoga but still truly enjoyed the experience as he played some of his own songs that he doesn't normally perform and they are great songs. I think if it was the only concert I was to see I think I would have been a little disappointed. However as a huge part of the concert experience it actually looked like some people would have rather been having a colonoscopy than be at the show and it was like that from the beginning. I have never seen such a lackluster crowd. People were rude. It is what you make it. He played some of the popular stuff and threw some different stuff in the guy has had like 8 shows over a short period time he wanted to mix things up a bit. It is such an intimate setting that it fit. Maybe he was so mellow BC he was high off all the drixken pot in the air there. People didn't give 2 craps about anything someone behind me was so drunk and high that they burnedmy shoulder with their joint. luckily husband and Father in law didn't kill him. It was just such a crappy atmosphere if I were Bon Jovi I would say f**k em all and never go back there!


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