UK (Coventry), June 24, 2008
aaciseric, on june 26, 2008 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Jon Bon Jovi's singing was fantastic, he didn't seem to miss a note and neither did Richie when he took the Mic for the classic "I'll Be There For You". The setup of the band was quite simple, Jon Bon Jovi switched between an Acoustic and a Telecaster for most of the songs and Richie had a new guitar brought on for each song, David Bryan had two Yamaha keyboards and Tico Torrez had a decent drum setup at the back of the stage. The sound quality was fairly good although the guitar rarely broke through the mix and the bass didn't at all, Richies guitar solos could barely be heard and Jons lines were pretty quiet too, the vocals and drums were the only think I could really hear. // 7
Perfomance: I absolutely loved the performance and so did the rest of the people around us. The most memorable songs they played were:
Lost Highway - pretty standard performance but a great way to open the show.
Runaway - JBJ started it with the line "Once Upon A Time" and then pointed to David Bryan who came in with the opening line, as usual Jon did a solo at the end which was barely audible.
Bad Medicine - JBJ started with the line "Is Their a Doctor in the House?" and the crowd instantly new what was coming, very fun performance which they stopped in the middle to play the song "Shout" then did a ling break with some crazy antics from the lead man, then the final chorus.
In These Arms - got everyone singing along to this one and it rained on the line "Like the Roses need the Rain" which I found quite specail.
Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars - didn't expect that one but still fun.
Keep The Faith - got me singing along (which is an achievement) and JBJ showed a fantastic vocal performance.
Blaze Of Glory - another song that got the whole crowd going and Richie did some excellent slide work.
Just Older - took me a while to figure out which song it was but the chorus as fantastic.
Who Says You Can't Go Home - JBJ sung this one on his own and they managed to drag the song out for a good ten minutes.
Livin' On A Prayer - Jon started off with a slow Acapella chorus and they all came with in with the intro. Memorable performance to end the show.
Always - lighters in hand kinda performancen which I had to leave before but a massive chorus was filling the surrounding area around the stadium.
The most unusual moment of the show was during "Who Says You Can't Go Home" when during the final chorus JBJ brought out a small child and interviewed him on stage then sung the last part of the song with him. The bakc of the stage had incredile lighting displays which gave visual aids to the songs and words and gave some great animations. // 9
Overall Impression: England, Coventry, Ricoh Arena on the 24th of June. The band Who opened I had never heard of and apparently won a competition to play with Bon Jovi, they were very good but I missed their name and they completely out played the real support acts "The Feeling" Who were absolutely appalling and seemed to be under the impression they were rock Gods. I loved the fact that Bin Jovi were there and the fact that they did such a brilliant show, I hated the 5 hours of standing and the support acts. The tickets were 45 + VAT and they were definatley worth all the money and the masses of travelling to get there. The most unforgettable moments were the interview JBJ did with the young kid and their performance of "Livin' On A Prayer". I wont go to their next gig because this one was a lot of hassle but I will remember this one for a long time. // 9