Set list: Pittsburg, PA, USA - PPG Paints Arena - 5 April 2017
- This House Is Not For Sale
- You Give Love a Bad Name
- Lost Highway
- Whole Lot of Leavin'
- Roller Coaster
- We Weren't Born to Follow
- I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
- We Got It Going On
- Who Says You Can't Go Home
- It's My Life
- Lay Your Hands On Me
- Born to Be My Baby [ft. Brad]
- Bad Medicine
- 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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