Monday, April 4, 2022

No April Fools, it's 2022 - Bon Jovi's "2020" tour begins in Omaha

And we're back! And by we, I mean Bon Jovi, but I've been MIA for a long time as well. I haven't decided how I want to approach the tour at Blame It On The Love this time around, but we'll figure it out over the course of this leg, I guess. 😀

After two years on the sidelines, Bon Jovi finally began their tour in support of the 2020 album -- on April Fool's Day of all days. Kelli McDonald, Hugh's wife, made Jon's American flag leather jacket. And this is what the band played:

Omaha, Nebraska, USA - April 1, 2022

CHI Health Center Omaha

  1. Limitless
  2. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. We Weren't Born to Follow
  5. It's My Life
  6. Just Older
  7. Born to Be My Baby
  8. Beautiful Drug
  9. Let It Rain
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. American Reckoning - acoustic
  12. We Don't Run - acoustic
  13. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  14. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  15. Lost Highway
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. Do What You Can
  18. This House Is Not For Sale
  19. Have a Nice Day
  20. Livin' on a Prayer

  21. Love's the Only Rule
  22. Bad Medicine
Some nice inclusions there, including: 
  • "The Radio Saved My Life Tonight" for the first time since 2015;
  • "Just Older" for the first time since 2011, and
  • "Love's the Only Rule" (aka The Circle song they should be playing all the time) for the first time since 2013.
Cheers to Bon Jovi Updates for the heads-up on how long it'd been since those songs were played, 'cause I'm so not keeping track of that stuff.

Selected videos from Omaha

"Beautiful Drug". I like this song a lot and I'm bummed we haven't gotten that single and music video for it:
"We Don't Run". The This Left Feels Right-style acoustic version was dedicated to the people of Ukraine. I'm in two minds about the arrangement but I like Jon in acoustic mode:

"American Reckoning". I alternate between thinking this song is too ham-fisted and thinking it's beautifully sad. But anyway, here it is, with a bit of Bruce Springsteen's "The Promised Land" as a harmonica intro/outro:

"Livin' on a Prayer". This has been transposed to a noticeably lower key but I'm honestly fine with that:

"Love's the Only Rule". Won't lie, this is a bit of a vocal mess. But I still maintain that every time Jon goes to put "Born to Follow" in the set, he should take it out and put this in instead. Or maybe "Superman Tonight". I know he doesn't really rate The Circle anymore, but it's got some good tracks on it:
Got other videos from the show you want to share or highlight? Add a link in the comments.

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1 comment:

  1. The best part about this setlist is that Captain Crash, Sleep When I'm Dead, Whole Lotta Leavin', We Got it Going On, and I Love This Town were all absent. I hope they pull out more surprises as this tour goes along!


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