Together and with The Power of We, we can start a revolution. One Soul at a time... ~Jon Bon Jovi *** There's a Story on every street corner, my friend. All you have to do is open your eyes... ~Richie Sambora


Friday, April 7, 2017

I'm sure by now you've all heard the news...
(Where's the Bad Medicine when you need it?!)  ;)

Bon Jovi Postpones Madison Square Garden Tour Stops: Exclusive

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi has been fighting bronchitis since the weekend.

Based on doctors' recommendations, Bon Jovi’s concerts at Madison Square Garden on Friday and Saturday will be rescheduled to next week, Billboard has exclusively learned.
The postponement is due to the bronchitis that frontman Jon Bon Jovi has been fighting since last Saturday.
"The decision was difficult to make, but made in the interest of delivering the full, powerhouse performance for which Bon Jovi is known," according to a band spokesperson.
Tickets purchased for Friday's show will be honored on April 13, and Saturday's tickets will be honored on April 15.
For more information on the rescheduled dates, visit, the Madison Square Garden website and


Review: Bon Jovi PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh 4/5/17

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bon Jovi cuts PPG Paints Arena show short with sore throat

Bon Jovi, the band, was sounding a little off at PPG Paints Arena Wednesday night, and then Jon Bon Jovi put his finger on it.

He was almost halfway there, after doing “Runaway,” when he revealed that he’s had a cold since Saturday night: “I think I'm singing like s--- tonight, and I apologize… but I'm gonna keep pushin’ on and if you stick it out with me, I'll stick it out with you.”

He was right to come clean. You could hear the scratchiness in his throat, and the sound mix, with the bass amped up like King Kong stomping through Uptown, wasn't doing him any favors. He dropped down to some raspy whispers over the verses and lots of cringe-worthy flat notes on the choruses.
This was Bon Jovi’s first trip to town with the full band since 2013. Before that, he sold out consecutive nights at the arena in 2010. This time, the show hit Groupon, and on Tuesday, the Steelers, who were not the promoters, sent out an offer to season ticket holders for $10 concert tickets.

What went wrong? Was it backlash for supporting Hillary Clinton in October? Was it the awkward intrusion into people's living rooms in that DirectTV commercial? Something cooled off the fanbase on this visit.

It’s certainly not a lack of radio play, and the band even had a No. 1 album last year with “This House is Not for Sale.” The title track was the dramatic show opener, played behind a curtain with projected video of Pittsburgh roads leading right to PPG Paints Arena. 

It was a promising start, and seemed enough like a regular Bon Jovi party in the Burgh, because Bon Jovi hits are pretty uncomplicated and all break into big choruses for everyone to sing along. The crowd helped out, in more ways than one.

“This is the day when I need a karaoke singer,” he said. “Which one of you guys in a bar band knows all the words to Bon Jovi songs?”

Little does he know that we’ve had not one but two cover bands in this town called Bon Journey. Maybe those singers were even there. He didn't get one of those guys, but he did get Brad Evanovich, a volunteer from the crowd, to come up and do a spirited job on “Born to Be My Baby.”

He also had some subs on guitar, with Phil X and John Shanks ably filling the shoes of sidekick Richie Sambora, who bailed in the middle of the 2013 tour after 30 years.

Bon Jovi, still looking youthful at 55 in a biker jacket and black jeans, pushed his way through his a run of hits including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” and “It’s My Life.”

But he probably needed more Brad. He skipped several songs in the usual setlist to jump ahead to “Bad Medicine” and then after 90 minutes of the expected two-and-a-half hour show, he threw in the towel.

“This is going to have to be the last one,” he declared, leading the band into signature hit “Livin’ on a Prayer,” with partial vocals from Phil X and the fans, who at that point, were probably a lot happier if they got the Groupon or the Steelers deal. 

“I want to thank you for your kindness,” he said. And they truly were kind. “I'm sorry we couldn't do the full show tonight. God bless you all.”

And with that, he was off for some good medicine, bad medicine, whatever he needed. The next show is Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The winner of a contest to open for Bon Jovi here was the Interlochen Singer Songwriters from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, who were nothing like Bon Jovi stylistically, playing shrill singer-songwriter piano pop. They gave it a valiant effort, for amateurs, but were taking a slot that could have been filled by any number of really good Pittsburgh bands.


Review: Bon Jovi Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia 3/31/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

This review hurts me.  I know Jon's voice isn't what it was in the 80's and as a fan I know that the band very nearly killed themselves touring early on.  Jon's voice won't ever be what it was, but, and if any of you were there Friday night maybe you can shed some light, is this reviewer being honest or unduly harsh? Was his voice really that bad?  I haven't been to any shows on the tour - the closest the band has come to my hometown is a 4 hour drive on a week/work night - so I can't and won't judge on video alone.

Bon Jovi is merely a shadow in 2017; an honest concert review

Nearly two years ago, I reviewed Van Halen at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, and noted the dichotomy that now exists within the legendary band: members Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen all still shred with aplomb, but singer David Lee Roth can scarcely carry a tune.
Diamond Dave's squawking that night was a detriment to the group's entire live production. After decades of vocal strain, his instrument just isn't what it used to be -- it's not even close. 
And unfortunately, he's not alone. 
After a largely off-key, two-and-a-half-hour set in Philadelphia Friday night, it is clearer now more than ever that Jon Bon Jovi has entered this dubious category. 
Let me state emphatically, I do not enjoy bashing Bon Jovi. "Slippery When Wet" was one the first CDs I bought with my own money. I take no joy or schadenfreude in ripping an artist who otherwise still puts on a bright, fun show, and who is clearly still trying. 
Besides, it did not seem as though the cheering crowd of 15,000 at Wells Fargo Center minded the bum notes at all. They came to dance, to hear the hits and see Jon, 55, flash that million-dollar smile.
And they received all of that. Every Bon Jovi favorite was rolled out with the appropriate bells and whistles, and the six-piece band behind Jon -- five of which sing backup -- were entirely serviceable, unleashing every guitar and synth solo you'd expect. Lead strummer Phil X has done well as a replacement for Richie Sambora (who left in 2013); on "It's My Life" and "Lay Your Hands On Me," his crunchy solos stole the show.  
But for fans who will be attending Bon Jovi's New York performances April 7 and 8, and spent hundreds of dollars to see the band bust out "Bad Medicine" and "You Give Love A Bad Name," know this: the live show will sound most like the CD when Jon is quiet. When Phil X and keyboardist David Bryan are given their brief vocal solos in "We Got It Goin' On," you will wish they just kept singing.

The list of subpar vocals on Friday night was long, but especially poor were the heavier new track "We Don't Run," the verses to "Born to Be My Baby," and "Have a Nice Day," where every note not landing in Jon's comfortable lower register was either shouted through or missed completely. 
"My voice is shot, I'm going gray, these muscles all ache," Bon Jovi tellingly sings, or tries to, in "God Bless This Mess," a mid-tempo track off the band's November LP "This House Is Not For Sale," which does have its merits. The title track, which opened the show, is a pumping arena-worthy anthem and the melody to "Rollercoaster" actually felt fresh and I'm still humming it this morning.  
But other than the tender new ballad "Scars on This Guitar," where his voice managed to hold its own, nothing matched the original recording. 
Was this just an off night? They are nearing the end of the tour, aren't they? Maybe he's just tired. 
It doesn't seem like it; at his intimate show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank in October, he showed the same cracks. Like Lee Roth, Jon Bon Jovi was never an overpowering vocal talent to begin with, and it appears that 35 years of rock n' roll have done their bidding. Watch any of the videos in this post and hear for yourself. 
Does this mean he and the band should just hang up their guitar straps and sip Bud Lights in a recliner for the rest of their lives? No, of course not. In spite of his vocal, this was still an engaging show with seasoned musicians, and the arena went wild with each of Jon's hip-shakes, struts, and mention of his own rear-end.
People still want to see them. Throughout Friday's show, Jon expressed his gratitude to the crowd for sticking with the band, and how "This House" is a new beginning for the group. They aren't going anywhere.
If Bon Jovi were to extend its current tour into a summer show at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey's largest venue would easily fill with 55,000 rock fans. Heck, they could probably play three nights in a row and sell out each one. 
But just know, as you are shelling out cash for a good seat, to check out one of New Jersey's most iconic rock acts, you are now doing so at your own risk.

Bon Jovi's set list:

"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 Goin' On"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"It's My Life"
"We Don't Run"
"God Bless This Mess"
"Scars on This Guitar"
"New Year's Day"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"Born to Be My Baby"
"Have a Nice Day"
"Bad Medicine"
"Keep the Faith"

"Raise Your Hands"
"The Fighter"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Livin' on a Prayer"


Review: Bon Jovi, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, 3/29/17

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bon Jovi rocks Detroit with two Bob Seger tributes and farewell words to The Joe

DETROIT, MI - They've been rocking Detroit since the early 80s. Bon Jovi played Joe Louis Arena one last time with a tweaked setlist, some farewell words and not one, but two tributes to Metro Detroit's own, Bob Seger.
The rockers brought their "This House is Not For Sale" tour to The Joe on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in what looks to be the last true rock concert in the storied arena's history.
"I want to thank you all very much for coming out here tonight," Jon Bon Jovi told the fans. "One last time at The Joe. Buildings come and go, but memories always stay." You can see Jon's full farewell and more fun moments from the concert in the video below.

Bon Jovi made some more unforgettable memories on this night with a 2 and a half hour high energy concert full of hits and a few songs from the new album.
The show kicked off with the band's first hit off the new album of the same name "This House is Not For Sale," followed by "Knockout." Then, the hits kept on coming with "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Lost Highway," "Whole Lot of Leavin'," and "We Weren't Born to Follow." Bon Jovi also played "Roller Coaster" from the new album.
First Seger tribute:
Then, something a little different, just for Detroit. The band mashed it's song "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" with Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," playing the Seger hit nearly in its entirety.
The band continued to tweak the setlist from previous shows with another big song, their first hit single from 1984 "Runaway." Following that were hits "We Got It Goin' On," "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and "It's My Life."
Bon Jovi then told some stories behind some of the songs on their new album, playing four in a row. The rest of the concert featured all hits from years past with "Lay Your Hands on Me," "Born to be my Baby," "Have a Nice Day," "Bad Medicine," and ""Keep the Faith."
The encore changed right off the top from some previous shows with "Raise Your Hands," followed by two of the band's signature hits "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Livin' on a Prayer."
Second Seger tribute:
In the introduction to "Wanted Dead or Alive," Jon not only dedicated it to Bob Seger, but credited the living legend as the inspiration for the band's huge hit. "It was 1985, I couldn't sleep. I heard "Turn the Page" and this song is what came to me."
Farewell words to The Joe:
At age 55, and with a full head of grey hair, Jon Bon Jovi is still rocking like it's 1985 with a lot of energy on stage and a powerful voice. He also continues to move the band forward with new music. Here is Jon's goodbye message to Joe Louis Arena, which is set to close in a few months to make way for Little Caesars Arena.
"We bid a farewell to this old arena. Another new one will take it's place. It doesn't mean that it will be better just because it's shiny and new because you all grew up here and you know what happened inside these walls. Champions were made in this building. Rock concerts and memories were made, relationships were as well. I just want you to know that I'm proud to have been just a little bit of it when we got to play here way back when. Thank you all very much for letting us be a part of it."
You can read the rest of the review here.
And now, some pictures:


Review: Bon Jovi XCel Center, Minneapolis, MN 3-27-17

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bon Jovi builds a new 'House' in sold-out Xcel Center marathon

Never one to shy away from easy applause and textbook showmanship, Jon Bon Jovi even managed to get the fans seated behind the stage at Xcel Energy Center in the palm of his hand during Monday night’s concert. Or at least he held their attention with a certain part of his anatomy.
“For the next 2½ hours, you’re gonna have to be staring at my rear end,” he said in feigned apology to the cheap seats.
Predictably, a cheer erupted that was nearly as loud as the one that greeted “You Give Love a Bad Name” three tunes into the 23-song set list.
Even with his charisma still in fine shape — and his stamina still strong enough to wear black leather all night without passing out or messing up his hair with sweat, Monday’s concert wasn’t just a typical cakewalk for handsome ol’ Jonny and his namesake band.
Xcel Energy Center had the dubious distinction of hosting one of the first Bon Jovi concerts without co-founding guitarist, Richie Sambora, who abruptly quit while on tour in 2013. This time out, the band made a case for staying true to its history while carving out a future. The frontman talked a lot about the band “being in disrepair” and needing “to get back to our roots,” repair work at the heart of the band’s new album, “This House Is Not for Sale.”
“We’re going to be talking a lot about the record tonight,” the singer warned early on.
While Sambora’s replacement, Phil X, never made the kind of impression his predecessor did despite having the cooler name, the lineup change did nothing to dampen the audience’s response. Likewise, the crowd proved unusually receptive to the half-dozen songs played off the new record, from the title track that kicked off the show to the very E Street-like “Roller Coaster” offered mid-concert.
And what a crowd it was, too. With the seats sold behind the stage, attendance surpassed 18,000 people, including primo seats that topped $500. Not bad for a Monday night gig by a band many people wrote off around the same time its frontman took a write-off for investing in an arena football team.
As always, though, Jon Bon Jovi, 55, worked the stage like a consummate pro and proved why his fans cheer for a lot more than his hair and derrière.
With his thick and unmoving coif, ruggedly raspy voice and canned but passionate-sounding banter between songs, he recalled another veteran act coming to Xcel Center this year, Neil Diamond. Like Diamond’s, Bon Jovi’s voice has faded, but it didn’t matter when it came time for “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” in the encore, since the fans sang along like their lives depended on it.
There was no “Runaway” this time, though. Apparently Jon Bon Jovi didn’t want to dig too far back into the roots and find all those empty hair-spray cans.
In the vein of Bon Jovi’s return to doing-it-for-the-love-of-it, the Step Rockets, a young Minneapolis band, won a contest to serve as the opening act. It was a sweet setup for the show.
“Thank you for being a part of our dream come true,” said frontman Brady Lillie, who sang with that same amount of earnestness as his bandmates (including a prerecorded bassist) delivered a bouncy, new wavy brand of pop/rock that might have fit in alongside Bon Jovi cassettes in a Datsun car radio circa 1986.
Set List:

“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 Goin’ On”
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
“It’s My Life”
“We Don’t Run”
“God Bless This Mess”
“Scars on This Guitar”
“New Year’s Day”
“Lay Your Hands on Me”
“Born to Be My Baby”
“Have a Nice Day”
“Bad Medicine”
“Keep the Faith”


“Raise Your Hands”
“Wanted Dead or Alive”
“Livin' on a Prayer”


Richie on Comedy Central...

Monday, March 27, 2017

So, Richie made an appearance, sans Orianthi, on the Comedy Channel last week on The Comedy Jam:

As we prepare for Bon Jovi's return to Wells Fargo Center on March 31, we found this entertaining moment in which Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick tells a fun story about an interaction with Tom Cruise and then breaks into a jam of 'Dead or Alive' with Richie Sambora.  Hardwick's costume certainly brings up back to the 80's.

Fun stuff right there...

As an aside, I thought Richie looked and sounded really good.

I miss him...


Review: Bon Jovi, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland 3/19/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bon Jovi's evolution continues with 
'This House Is Not for Sale' album and tour

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Two things emerged from Bon Jovi's marathon concert at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday night:
One is that as a line in a song from the band's new, post-Richie Sambora album "This House Is Not for Sale'' notes, Jon Bon Jovi's voice really is shot. Not that it matters to everyone. As one fan noted - loudly and enthusiastically, but purely for reasons that I'm sure were only in the interest of safeguarding his health - she was willing to spend hours keeping a clinical eye on the seat of his leather pants. Although to be honest, she did express the sentiment a bit more colorfully than that.
The second was just as obvious: The theme for a post-Sambora Bon Jovi is "we don't need you.'' Although to be honest, the feeling was a bit more colorful than that.
Sambora ended his strained relationship with his former band mates ended when he walked off the tour in 2013, not long after playing The Q. In a pre-concert interview, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan were careful to avoid laying criticism on their ex-band mate, noting only that he'd decided he was ready to go it alone and more power to him.
Bon Jovi, who was not part of that conference call interview, hasn't said much other than Sambora just decided "not to show up for work'' and left the band.
And he didn't say anything specific Sunday night . . . except to go on and on about how "This House'' is a band album, one made with his brothers in the group, all part of a house NOT divided and all of whom were committed to the group and the family they have become in the three-plus decades since "Runaway.''
That's good and all, but the fact is the band needs Sambora. His replacement, Phil X, is an outstanding guitarist with a nonpareil reputation as a session man. But there's just some flash missing . . . or so it seems. It wasn't a lack of effort, nor was it an absence of talent; that was clear during a blistering solo in "Keep the Faith.''
Maybe it just seemed something was missing because Bon Jovi's powerful raspy voice has become Bon Jovi's not-so-powerful almost whispery voice - not a good thing for a man who is known as the creator of the arena rock anthem. Rather than rich and full, Bon Jovi's vocals seemed almost hushed and clipped, with a tendency to strain and stray from the key when he sustains a note.
It makes me wonder if the same was true when I reviewed the 2013 show, and I just failed to notice it because Sambora, who has a stage presence almost as grandiose as Bon Jovi's, was able to offer a musical misdirection, like some ax-shredding magician.
That being said, Bon Jovi remains one of the most entertaining and energetic frontmen around. Now 55, he moves with the spryness of a man half his age - much to the delight of my very observant friend and others like her.
And he does own a stage. For 21/2 hours, Bon Jovi and his band rolled through cuts from a 13-studio-album discography that began with the band's self-titled 1984 LP to the newest release.
Some of the most iconic songs in rock 'n' roll rang off the rafters in The Q: "You Give Love a Bad Name,'' "Whole Lotta Leavin','' "It's My Life'' and - suitably arriving as encores, "Wanted, Dead or Alive'' and "Livin' on a Prayer.''
Don't get the impression that the new stuff should be cast aside, though. The title cut, "Knockout,'' "Rollercoaster,'' the hopeful "New Years Day,'' "God Bless This Mess'' (which pretty much is a statement of where the band is today) and especially the nostalgic "Scars on This Guitar'' are signs that the post-Sambora Bon Jovi will be just fine. It's not arena rock anymore, but that's OK.
Everybody's gotta grow up, even if we don't want to.
Akron's Ohio Weather Band won a contest to open the show, and performed a short but interesting four-song set. Lead singer and guitarist Corey King has a solid voice that sounds a bit like Ed Sheeran, but with more oomph. Definitely a band to watch.


Review: Bon Jovi Talking Stick Arena, Phoenix AZ 3/4/17

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Jon Bon Jovi led his bandmates and a sold-out crowd in a night of reflection and hits (mostly hits)

Jon Bon Jovi was feeling reflective as he added yet another 19,000 faces to the list of those he’s seen and rocked at Talking Stick Resort Arena a day after marking the 30th anniversary of the third career-defining single he managed to run up the pop charts from a 12-times-platinum breakthrough titled “Slippery When Wet.”

On more than one occasion, he referenced the 34 years it's been since “Runaway,” his first Top 40 single with the band that bears his name. He didn’t play that single, but he talked about returning to that very studio – or “the same place where I was a coffee boy,” as he noted -- to make “This House is Not for Sale,” Bon Jovi's fourth consecutive release to top the Billboard album charts. And he reflected on the hard times surrounding the 2013 departure of Richie Sambora for “personal reasons” as part of a heartfelt speech about carrying on.

"For those of you who know," Bon Jovi noted, "2013, it ended tumultuously. And in 2014, I was in a fog. I was in a daze. And it wasn't particularly positive. And I'd stare at that guitar and I'd sort of just give it the finger. And to tell you the truth, I think it gave me the finger back. But by 2015, I started to tell that same guitar stories and it started to sing to me. And when we went in the studio together, the same place where I used to be a coffee boy, back in 1980, where I was the gopher, where I wrote, or certainly recorded "Runaway," where we in 1983, did our first album."

And that location clearly got to him.

"To go back to that same room," he continued, "having lived all this life, to cut this record, after all we'd been through, the ups, the downs and the ups again, I was reminded why you end up writing songs to begin with. You want to get together with friends. You want to create something. You want to have the joy of camaraderie and teamwork. And you want to walk out of there and call the people you collaborated with your friends. When we made this record, it was a great reminder of what great friends we all are."

And yet, for all those moments of reflection, this was no nostalgia show. He held off on the two biggest singles from “Slippery When Wet” for the end of the encore and opened with the first two singles from “This House is Not for Sale” before dialing it back to the ‘80s – a decade “Slippery” helped define – with “You Give Love a Bad Name.” By the time he led his bandmates in “The Devil’s in the Temple,” they’d played half the songs on that new album and six other singles they’ve released in years that stared with a 20, from the double-platinum “It’s My Life” to “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” a song he dedicated to former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Commander Mark Kelly, a former NASA astronaut.

Then, after “Devil’s in the Temple,” he promised us “nothing but hits, more hits and all the hits from here on out.” And that’s exactly what we got, including three songs from Bon Jovi’s other multi-platinum ‘80s hit machine, “New Jersey,” before they closed the set with “Keep the Faith,” the lead singer shaking maracas as he sang.

Those early hits inspired massive singalongs, of course. But here’s the thing about Bon Jovi fans, whose loyalty led to a sold-out performance. They haven’t stopped paying attention. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” from the 2005 album “Have a Nice Day,” brought the crowd to its feet, and the audience was lit with cellphones held aloft for “Scars on This Guitar,” a heartfelt highlight of the new release, which had Bon Jovi grinning ear to ear.

And speaking of that smile, the man turned 55 two days before the show, but that matinee idol quality that had the women swooning in his long-haired youth remains, despite the shorter, silver hair. And he’s still got the stage moves, which were Jagger-esque in spots, a point he underscored by slipping a taste of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” in the middle of a raucous “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.”

He let the audience handle the high parts on the encore-closing celebration that was “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and there were other moments were he may have backed down from a note or two, but his voice sounded great and his bandmates’ wall of harmonies offered flawless support.

Those bandmates still include two guys he’s played with since the early ‘80s – drummer Tico Torres (introduced as “the heart and soul” of the band) and keyboard player David Bryan. Another member, bassist Hugh McDonald, played on “Runaway” as a session musician and joined the band in 1994.

This was Bon Jovi’s second Valley show without Sambora, who left the tour a few weeks prior to their 2013 appearance in Glendale. The guitarist who stepped in, allowing Bon Jovi to finish the tour, Phil X, is still on board, and great as he sounded in Glendale, recreating Sambora’s more memorable solos note-for-note enough to have captured their essence, he’s really grown into the role, allowing his own style to shine through.

Toward the end of the night, Bon Jovi thanked the fans "for being on this incredible journey with us for these 34 years now. And I want to thank you for coming and spending your Saturday night with us. It has been a real treat." And with that, he asked if there were "any cowboys out there," effectively tipping his hat to Arizona while introducing a crowd-pleasing version of "Wanted Dead or Alive."

Bon Jovi setlist

This House Is Not for Sale
You Give Love a Bad Name
Lost Highway
Whole Lot of Leavin’
We Weren’t Born to Follow
Roller Coaster
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (with Jumpin’ Jack Flash)
We Got It Goin’ On
Who Says You Can’t Go Home
It’s My Life
We Don’t Run
God Bless This Mess
Scars on This Guitar
The Devil’s in the Temple
Lay Your Hands on Me
Born to Be My Baby
Have a Nice Day
Bad Medicine
Keep the Faith


Because We Can
Blood on Blood
Wanted Dead or Alive
Livin’ on a Prayer


Review: Bon Jovi, San Jose SAP Center, 3/1/17

Friday, March 3, 2017

Bon Jovi Lays it Down 
in San Jose

Over 30 years of Rock n' Roll in One Sweet Night

What a night at SAP!  You knew it was going to be a solid show, but really, nowadays, let's face it, some of our longtime favorite rock bands just go through the motions, churning out the hits uninspired. Not so, with Bon Jovi. With vitality, vigor and crowd pleasing swagger, Jon Bon Jovi and company made us all feel like family in the Church of Rock n' Roll. With a set of 24 songs and over 2 hours on stage, there was something for every fan, even with the curious omission of Runaway, the song that first put them on the map back in '84.

Even though I personally miss guitarist Richie Sambora, Phil X (his replacement since 2013) delivered as did the rest of the band...they owned the crowd. San Jose rock audiences are known for their enthusiasm, and yeah, we ate it all up!  Fun to see a wide range of ages at the show... the touch of modern mixed with nostalgia revealed itself when the cell phone flashlights lit up replacing the bic lighters of years gone by. 

One final thought...I love Jon Bon Jovi. Yeah, we all know he's sexy as hell, but truly, his sincerity and humility is endearing. He expressed profound gratitude and appreciation for his fans several times throughout the show ~ you just couldn't help feelin' the love. As a life long fan, I'm also a great admirer of his work to combat hunger and homelessness throughout the United States with his foundation:  JBJ Soul Foundation The guy walks the talk and rocks the house!

Gotta love his rock n' roll heart and soul~he's a Rock Star through and through.

Set List:

1.This House Is Not for Sale
3.You Give Love a Bad Name
4.Lost Highway
5.Whole Lot of Leavin'
6.Roller Coaster
7.We Weren't Born to Follow
8.I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
9.We Got It Goin' On
10.Who Says You Can't Go Home
11.It's My Life
12.We Don't Run
13.God Bless This Mess
14.Scars on This Guitar
15.The Devil's in the Temple
16.Lay Your Hands on Me
17.Born to Be My Baby
18.Have a Nice Day
19.Bad Medicine
20.Keep the Faith
21.Living with the Ghost
22.Because We Can
23.Wanted Dead or Alive
24.Livin' on a Prayer


Father-Daughter Dance...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jon Bon Jovi Dances with Daughter 
Stephanie During Performance 
of Song He Wrote for Her

Jon Bon Jovi‘s daughter Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was around 7 years old when she first joined her dad on stage to dance along with him for a performance of the track he wrote for her, “I’ve Got the Girl.”

Since then, Bon Jovi has often backed up performances of the tune with home video of their frontman’s little girl — giving fans a peek into their loving relationship.

But on Saturday, the rocker surprised the audience at Bon Jovi’s Las Vegas show with an appearance by a now 23-year-old Stephanie — who joined her dad on stage for another dance, 16 years later.

“Everybody’s got a little girl in their life,” Bon Jovi, 54, said halfway through the song. “Their daughter, their girlfriend, their wife, their mamma — it all goes by so fast. And they start out as little bitty babies and their future’s looking bright. And I wrote this song for that little baby, who’s now not such a little baby anymore.” He then invited Stephanie out, to the cheers and awws of the audience.

The two danced together throughout the remainder of the song, with Bon Jovi occasionally stopping to strum the guitar.

“The truth is someday / Somebody is gonna take her (you see) / But the queen of hearts will always be / A five-year-old princess to me,” he sang in the song.

At the end of the set, they signaled the end of the song together with a jump before he embraced his daughter — giving her kiss after kiss on both cheeks.

“They’re a very close-knit family,” a source told PEOPLE of their bond. “It’s beautiful to see how much they enjoy being together.”

The band hit the road earlier this month on their This House Is Not For Sale tour — named after their recently released album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

They’ll next play the Los Angeles Forum for a show on March 8.


Review: Bon Jovi, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas 2/25/17

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bon Jovi brings down the ‘House’ at T-Mobile Arena

Jazz hands incarnate, Jon Bon Jovi shook a pair of maracas and his butt with equal vehemence.
“Lawd, you gotta keep faith,” he bawled over a Santana-worthy percussive slink and wah-wah guitar suggestive of ’70s skin flick soundtracks.
Oh, that faith was kept, clutched hard by a packed house of true believers reciting the gospel according to a 54-year-old New Jerseyite zipped into a black leather jacket.
“We’re going to church!” he informed his flock earlier in the evening, all of them gathered to celebrate the twin sacraments of Budweiser and Bon Jovi.
And with that, the band broke into sexed-up sermon “Lay Your Hands On Me.”
“I’m a fighter, I’m a poet, I’m a preacher,” Bon Jovi sang on the song in question. “I’ve been to school and, baby, I’ve been the teacher.”
So, what lessons were learned at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena on this evening?
Well, there is no fountain of youth — but there’s beer.
There are no time machines — but there’s Bon Jovi.
And so while the band on stage and the crowd that stood before it have all gotten up there in years, in each other’s presence, they’re both freed from acting like it — at least for nearly 2½ hours on a Saturday night.
This is no small thing, which is a main reason why Bon Jovi still attracts such big crowds, far more than any of its peers who first came to prominence in the Aquanet-abetted ’80s hard rock ranks.
Like many acts of that era, Bon Jovi was all about the larger-than-life in terms of presentation, with ostentatious, high-watt stage shows, an unhealthy preoccupation with cheetah-print fabrics and hair teased to heights capable of imperiling low-flying aircraft.
The difference with this bunch was that, lyrically speaking, they were all about the down-to-the-earth, real life, at least a working-class approximation of as much, their look glammy look contrasted with gritty narratives of 9-to-5ers struggling to make ends meet.
And yet, the characters in their songs always seemed to make it in the end somehow, mainly by sticking to their convictions. “When life is a bitter pill to swallow / You gotta hold on to what you believe,” Bon Jovi instructed on “We Weren’t Born To Follow,” one of numerous self-assured anthems of inclusiveness (“We Don’t Run,” “We Got It Goin’ On,” etc.), where Bon Jovi served as the impeccably coiffed life coach perched on your shoulder, delivering arena rock pep talks about kicking life square in the groin.
These are songs for underdogs — self-anointed as they may be — something Bon Jovi has once again positioned itself as on its latest record, “This House Is Not For Sale.” The album, which the band played from liberally, is the group’s first without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora, whose absence Bon Jovi compensated for himself at times Saturday, ripping the lead to “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” an R&B-tinged, triple-guitar fusillade.
It’s also Bon Jovi’s first release since the band’s departure from longtime label Mercury Records, both acrimonious splits palpable in the heightened intensity of the hard-driving “House.”
During new cut “God Bless This Mess,” newspaper headlines questioning whether the band had lost its mojo were projected on screens behind the stage, providing a visual component to the chippiness the song conveyed. A similar sentiment powered tunes such as the title cut to “House” and the free-swinging “Knockout,” during which Bon Jovi literally threw uppercuts as he sang, in case you missed the point somehow.
“I got some blood under my nails, I got some mud on my face,” Bon Jovi sang on “Mess.” “My voice is shot, I’m going gray, these muscles all ache.”
This was a relatable sentiment, considering the demographic he was performing in front of.
But wait, there was more.
“Don’t cry for me,” he added. “I’m the life of the party.”
True to his command, there wasn’t a beer in the house salty with tears.


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