Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bon Jovi in Denver 14/03/18 + How Hugh McDonald became a Rock Hall inductee

It's been almost six months since Bon Jovi were last on the road for their This House Is Not For Sale Tour. The band kicked off this leg of the tour in Denver, to make up for last year's scheduled show which got postponed then cancelled. Here's what was played:

Denver, CO, USA - Pepsi Center - March 14, 2018
  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  5. Lost Highway
  6. When We Were Us 
  7. Born to Be My Baby
  8. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  9. It's My Life
  10. We Weren't Born to Follow
  11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  12. We Got it Going on
  13. Keep the Faith
  14. Amen 
  15. Bed of Roses
  16. Lay Your Hands on Me
  17. God Bless This Mess
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine

  20. I Love This Town 
  21. Wanted Dead or Alive
  22. Livin' on a Prayer

While the band has played "When We Were Us" twice before, this marked its debut as part of a tour. It was also the first time "Amen" and "I Love This Town" have been played since the Because We Can Tour in 2013. I'd personally hoped the latter had been put to bed for good, but obviously not. 😛

Videos from Denver
Taylor streamed the concert live on Facebook from part way through "Lost Highway" to the start of "Wanted Dead or Alive":

Here are a couple of videos of individual songs...

"When We Were Us":

"Amen" (Part 1):
"Amen" (Part 2):

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

Bon Jovi's next stop is Utah, where Hugh McDonald and his wife Kelli live. The Deseret News published an article about Huey ahead of the concert; it talks about Hugh's history with Jon and how Jon pushed for Hugh to be inducted into the Rock Hall with Bon Jovi:
“Jon was good enough at Christmastime to surprise me by sending me a framed copy of the email that he sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, telling them my history in the band over the years and that I deserved to be in with them. I can’t even explain how much it means to me,” McDonald said with audible emotion.
The story of how Hugh winged it as Poison bassist for a night is also discussed. Read the full article at this link.

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