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Before we had even
entered AAMI Stadium we could hear the soundcheck from outside and it wasnt
two songs this time we got four songs starting with Lost Highway, then Radio
Saved My Life Tonight, Work for the Working Man and We Were Beautiful.
I was surrounded by casual fans but Im trying to listen thinking wow its
going to be another blockbuster show tonight. Unfortunately they
didn't play Radio Saved My Life Tonight (I would have easily preferred that
to Work for the Working Man) but at least I got to hear it performed live
even if not actually seeing them play it.
Due to a slight
delay Kid Rock appeared to cut out a song or two off his support set but
again put on yet another entertaining display doing a brilliant job of
warming up the crowd and finishing right on time. This is the second
Sofia stage as the one used in Melbourne should now be being constructed for the
Back to the show and We Got it Goin On was next with Jon heading out to the edges of the stage and up to the headlights of the car for fans on the outer parts of the crowd before returning to stage centre for a rousing version of Keep the Faith with the rest of the band finishing up the 12 inch version with Bobby David and Phil taking centre stage as some dedicated fans rushed for their spots along the circle in the pit in anticipation of Jon heading out there. I missed him going past on our side of the walkway beyond the barrier but saw security with a penlight and soon Jon was up in the centre of the circle stage for the ballad When We Were Beautiful. Jon then called out David, Tico and Bobby out on the circle for Someday I'll Be Saturday Night and Diamond Ring. For Make a Memory all three bolted (quite impressively in the dark too!) back along the circle walkway to head back to the stage in time to start the song while Jon made his way back in the final stages.
Back on the main stage the pace picked up with Born to Be My Baby then We Weren't Born to Follow then Who Says You Can't Go Home where after much prompting from Jon two fans came up on stage for the song. We then got a marathon I'll Sleep When Im Dead medley which included Start Me Up with Jon then Great Balls of Fire with David then Dancing in the Street with Hugh (first time he has had a turn at singing!) followed by Tico on the drums with Wipeout and finishing with You Shook Me All Night long with Phil X with Jon doing the Angus Young guitar moves. Bad Medicine was next with Jon making a brief return to the circle stage and then adding in Shout with an incredibly long pause (the entire band just frozen waiting to roll into the song seemed to go on forever). Its fantastic to see songs so well known by generations of Australian's in the Bon Jovi regular playlist! With the return to I'll Sleep When Im Dead Jon put in his trademark leap to finish and they headed off stage.
Back for the encore
first up it was Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen from Mars which really does
make a great live song being upbeat and involving the crowd and this was then followed by Work
for the Working Man - really would have preferred Radio Saved My Life
Tonight - then it was Wanted Dead of Alive where Jon got everyone in the
stands to hold up the lights (I phones etc) and the others harmonised as
well as ever with the vocals on this song. Then the screens filled
with red smirk from Have a Nice Day which got everyone up on their feet again
(I know no one should sit down at a Bon Jovi concert but some audience
the extra push!). Then a Santa hat appeared and it was Run Run Rudolph
and just when it seemed the night could just go on forever Jon picked up the
guitar and did the acoustic verse marking the start of Living on A Prayer
normally the last song (not always there is always a chance til those house
lights go on!). Soon it was into the full on Living on a Prayer and
then it was over the band did the group bow and they were gone. Some
lucky fans went on to Perth just 24 hours later while others headed for
Sydney while for many including me that was the end of the concerts for this tour.
We can only hope they return in two years instead of three for the next tour
(and keep coming back to Adelaide as well!). And thank you to
Bon Jovi for allowing everyone to take in the little cameras/Iphones so we
could take photos etc as personal memories of the concerts and have the
chance to share with other fans not to mention leaving all the videos on
youtube so well can relive the songs over again til hopefully there is a DVD
of this tour at some stage in the future.
Please note the images used for this write up are my personal photos from the concerts they are not for sale in any form and are only used to illustrate this review
Contact www.tourphotographer.com for the official and absolutely brilliant images by David Bergman from all the Australian tour shows (and beyond) Bon Jovi photos - they are really well priced and arrive incredibly quickly once you order them.