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Took my wife who is a huge fan and has sen him more than 10 times.  He played Raleigh at the RBC Center.  Our setas were on the lower level far back of the arena so we moved to the prioritry lounge and stood behind the VIP and Handicap spots and watched. 

Billy Falcoln Opened and was an 11 piece band from Nashville, kind of Springsteenish.  A guy from Kentucky said he saw them open for Southside Johnny 30 years ago so that makes sense.  I want to be the guy playing tambourine in an 11 piece band. 

Bon Jovi came on at 8:45 and played till 11:10.  Played all the hits and some new ones.  Did a cover of Pretty Woman (whole song) in the middle of Bad Medicine.  About 10:20 a couple leaving gave us their second row tickets so we moved and watched the rest of the show up close which made my wife happy.  I know all the radio hits and a few I recognize from her CDs so it was an OK show.  But usually concerts are sausage fests.  This show was a taco fest.  75% chicks some really hot, some not, some 40-50 year old rocker chicks with their hair sprayed up and trying to squeeze into leather pants they had in 1987.  My wife had a great time but probably would have been better had she gone with her usual group of girls.  Not a bad show not a great show, good people watching show.


Encored with Dead or Alive and Livin on a Prayer which were fun sing alongs.

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Seeing them on Thursday.  I had heard they were doing 3 hour shows so that actually seems a little short.  I still can't find out who the opener is, apparently they have different openers for every show and there's some contest and a voting system in place to open for him.  Tracking the set lists it seems like he's mixing in a few different songs every night, but he's been doing "Pretty Woman" consistently. 

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What is this "he" business? Bon Jovi is a band where each member has equal ownership.  The front man is Jon Bon Jovi nee Bongiovi LOL

Just bustin y'all's balls.


 

 

 

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BayouBoogie wrote: What is this "he" business? Bon Jovi is a band where each member has equal ownership.  The front man is Jon Bon Jovi nee Bongiovi LOL

Just bustin y'all's balls.
 

Does each member really have equal ownership?  I saw him on Larry King maybe 3 months ago and he pretty much said the band is all him, he makes the decisions, he surreounds himself with talented people, and they go along with what he says.  Seriously, he said that.  He's got one hell of an ego and has fallen into the Bono category now where he's a brand unto himself and he only plays music in between running a conglomerate and saving the world.

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srossi wrote: BayouBoogie wrote: What is this "he" business? Bon Jovi is a band where each member has equal ownership.  The front man is Jon Bon Jovi nee Bongiovi LOL

Just bustin y'all's balls.
 

Does each member really have equal ownership?  I saw him on Larry King maybe 3 months ago and he pretty much said the band is all him, he makes the decisions, he surreounds himself with talented people, and they go along with what he says.  Seriously, he said that.  He's got one hell of an ego and has fallen into the Bono category now where he's a brand unto himself and he only plays music in between running a conglomerate and saving the world.



I've seen him and Sambora on TV saying that they all signed contracts years ago giving the band equal ownership among the original members. They claim they split the money earned by the band equally among the 4 originals (I don't think they ever gave the bass player they've had for almost 20 years official membership), though Bon Jovi and Sambora get more on publishing for the songs they write.

 

 

 

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Havent seen them in years but took my daughter who is a huge fan but has never seen them. SHe had an outstanding time and I have no complaints. Was a good time

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Just got an email from MSG thanking me for my purchase and reminding me about the show and all that shit.  It says that the show will start promptly at 7:30 PM and there is no opener.  That kinda sucks. 

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The email I got from Ticketmaster said the same thing about the Raleigh show but there was an opener. Who made sure to mention his buddy "Jon" 8 hundred times during his 40 minute set. Wanted to make sure everyone knew who his friends are I suppose.

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NCJames wrote: The email I got from Ticketmaster said the same thing about the Raleigh show but there was an opener. Who made sure to mention his buddy "Jon" 8 hundred times during his 40 minute set. Wanted to make sure everyone knew who his friends are I suppose.
Did the opener go on at the time that Ticketmaster said the show would start?  My e-mail said the show is starting at 7:30 with no opener, but I find it hard to believe that Bon Jovi will be taking the stage that early.

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NCJames wrote: The email I got from Ticketmaster said the same thing about the Raleigh show but there was an opener. Who made sure to mention his buddy "Jon" 8 hundred times during his 40 minute set. Wanted to make sure everyone knew who his friends are I suppose.
Where did you sit?  WE watched most of the show from above 118 before moving to the second row there.

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BayouBoogie wrote: srossi wrote: BayouBoogie wrote: What is this "he" business? Bon Jovi is a band where each member has equal ownership.  The front man is Jon Bon Jovi nee Bongiovi LOL

Just bustin y'all's balls.
 

Does each member really have equal ownership?  I saw him on Larry King maybe 3 months ago and he pretty much said the band is all him, he makes the decisions, he surreounds himself with talented people, and they go along with what he says.  Seriously, he said that.  He's got one hell of an ego and has fallen into the Bono category now where he's a brand unto himself and he only plays music in between running a conglomerate and saving the world.


I've seen him and Sambora on TV saying that they all signed contracts years ago giving the band equal ownership among the original members. They claim they split the money earned by the band equally among the 4 originals (I don't think they ever gave the bass player they've had for almost 20 years official membership), though Bon Jovi and Sambora get more on publishing for the songs they write.


The bass player is a hired gun, kind of like Darryl Jones in the Rolling Stones. By not replacing the original guy, Bon Jovi's members can split the dough four ways instead of five.

When Bill Wyman left the Stones, it enabled them to finally make Ron Wood a full member without cutting into the shares held by Mick, Keith, and Charlie. Mick Taylor was never a full member, one of his many grievences.

After Keith Moon died and Kenney Jones stepped in, Roger Daltrey has long ripped Jones as being a poor choice due to his style of drumming. However, I've always suspected that Roger coveted the share of the band's revenues that went to Moon and which ended up with Jones due to Pete's insistance on making Jones a full member instead of a member for publicity who was actually a salaried player. This resentment meant that getting Roger back into The Who in the late 1980s required Jones being bought out, reducing the group to a four way split between the remaining three original members and their longtime manager.

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This is probably a debate for another time but, IMO, Roger Daltry should STFU and be glad he got to play in a band with Pete Townsend.  If Pete wants the drummer to be a full member, you just be grateful that you are one too and be quiet.

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gwlee7 wrote: This is probably a debate for another time but, IMO, Roger Daltry should STFU and be glad he got to play in a band with Pete Townsend.  If Pete wants the drummer to be a full member, you just be grateful that you are one too and be quiet.
Why the hate for Daltry?  MAybe you should start a new topic about it.

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Grog, here's your set list if you wanted it.  I was checking to see what they might play tonight but they change it pretty drastically every single show.

Edit: Ok, that was almost unreadable so rather than use setlist.fm, here's the link to Bon Jovi's website.  Very interesting that the 10-minute long "Dry County" was on the sheet and then was actually crossed off and they didn't play it.  Running long I guess.  I wouldn't imagine that they would ever even consider playing a 10-minute song in concert.  Every time I've seen G'n'R, I hope against hope that they play "Coma", knowing they never will.

http://www.bonjovi.com/story/set_lists-last_night-vip_2011-2011_tour-north_america-022111__raleigh_nc/set_list__022111__raleigh_nc

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Ritchie sang Lay your Hands on me

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Count Grog wrote: Ritchie sang Lay your Hands on me
He did tonight too.  I'll post a full review tomorrow as well as the setlist, but I have to say this was an average at best show and maybe last on my all-time meter of amount of kick-ass divided by price of concert ticket.  And I'll say this, on "Runaway" and a few other older songs, Jon didn't even attempt to approach the high notes.  He also sung some older songs like pop or country songs, which annoyed the hell out of me. 

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Took the stage at 8:10, got off at 10:40, so they played exactly 2 1/2 hours.  No opener.  Jon was standing on a tiny platform behind the sound guys when the lights came up for his first song, which no one knew.  He then walked thrpugh the crowd to the stage shaking hands and when he got there he screamed "Shot through the heart" which got a huge pop. 

Everyone who said there would be primo tail there was fucking lying.  There were plenty of chicks there who were probably hot in the '80s, but I mean the 1880s.  I mean fucking OLD broads.  Lots of families too, tons and tons of kids under 13 with parents.  Old women and kids, not a rock show feel at all.  The fans for the most part didn't know anything except the mega-hits off of "Slippery" and sat down for most of the show, only standing for a few of the bigger ones.  The crowd was absolutely dead for anything really new, and he played more of those than I would've liked.

Jon didn't talk to the crowd much and when he did he was corny.  His first little speech, paraphrasing, "What a great week to be in the greatest city in the world and at the world's most famous arena.  Well I don't wear crazy clothes like Gaga and I'm not the new kid in town like Melo, but if you like a fine wine that gets better with age then hopefully you'll dig me."  It sounded just as gay when he said it.   

There was no "Blood on Blood" or "Blaze of Glory", so that was disappointing.  The setlist really changes a bit from show to show so maybe I just didn't get lucky.  Too much shit off of "The Circle" and the new songs from the "Greatest Hits" album.  Worst of all, he changed his cadence on even some of his recognizable songs, making it hard to sing along to and throwing the crowd when they tried.  And he sung a lot of songs like they were pop or country, even the ones not meant to sound that way.  As I mentioned before, he didn't attempt a high note at all and just stayed within a very comfortable range.  He had a huge stage but didn't run around much either, although he must've done 300 jumping jacks by the time the show was over and he's obviously in great shape.  Still, he lost his breath on a few songs near the end. 

The highlights to me were an extended version of "Bad Medicine" with the "Pretty Woman" cover, and of course "Livin' on a Prayer" where he finally turned into a real rock star for the final song.  The rest of the show was very...eh.

1. Last Man Standing


  • 2. You Give Love a Bad Name
  • 3. Born To Be My Baby
  • 4. We Weren't Born to Follow
  • 5. Lost Highway
  • 6. When We Were Beautiful
  • 7. It's My Life
  • 8. Runaway
  • 9. Superman Tonight
  • 10. The More Things Change
  • 11. We Got It Going On
  • 12. Bad Medicine/Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison cover)
  • 13. Lay Your Hands on Me (w/Sambora on vocals)
  • 14. (You Want To) Make a Memory
  • 15. I'll Be There For You
  • 16. Something For the Pain
  • 17. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  • 18. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  • 19. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead/Start Me Up (Rolling Stones cover)
  • 20. No Apologies
  • 21. Have A Nice Day
  • 22. Keep the Faith
  • Encore
    1. In These Arms

    2. Wanted Dead or Alive

    3. Livin' on a Prayer

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    First time I saw Bon Jovi was around 1983 opening for ZZ Fucking Top at MSG. Not bad at all as they were just coming into their own as an opening arena band. I caught them again at the peak of Bon Jovimania in 1987 once again at the Garden and it was the loudest show I've ever heard. Not Marshall stack loud, loud as in 15 year old girls screaming their barely pubescent heads off. This must have been what a Beatles show was like. The '87 show was really awesome as they played virtually all of Slippery and choice cuts off the first couple of albums. Plus of course the atmosphere was electric. I would have no desire whatsoever to see Jon in the 21st century.

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    Grog unfortunately we were upstairs but at least not too high up. Still a damn good show.


    Srossi "Blood On Blood" opened this show and seems to open most of them from what I have read

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    So who's the 6th guy who was on stage?  Bon Jovi is officially Jon, Sambora, Torres, and Bryan.  Then you have Hugh McDonald, who is for all intents and purposes in the band except they don't want to pay him.  But there was one more guy with them.  He was the guy who sand "Pretty Woman" with Jon (unless that was Hugh, I'm not sure what he looks like, but I don't think it was him).

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    Fuck Bon Jovi.  Friday night, 2nd night at MSG, they play a kick-ass show with better songs and 2 encores, 3 hour show with 30 songs as opposed to what they gave me for the same ticket price 24 hours earlier.  And they finally did the 10-minute "Dry County" too.

    ·  Blood on Blood
    ·  You Give Love a Bad Name
    ·  Born to Be My Baby
    ·  We Weren't Born to Follow
    ·  Lost Highway
    ·  Whole Lot Of Leavin'
    ·  It's My Life
    ·  Runaway
    ·  Start Me Up / I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
    ·  The More Things Change
    ·  We Got It Goin' On
    ·  Bad Medicine / Hot Legs
    ·  Lay Your Hands on Me
    ·  What Do You Got?
    ·  Bed of Roses
    ·  Love For Sale
    ·  Squeeze Box (The Who cover)  
    ·  Who Says You Can't Go Home
    ·  Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
    ·  Love's the Only Rule
    ·  Have a Nice Day
    ·  Keep the Faith
     
    Encore:
    ·  Dry County
    ·  Wanted Dead or Alive
    ·  I Love This Town
    ·  Livin' on a Prayer
     
    Encore 2:
    ·  Always
    ·  These Days
    ·  In These Arms
    ·  Just Older

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