Bon Jovi at Villa Park last night - my ramblings
Posted by: Cressy ()
Date: June 11, 2013 12:43AM

So I went to see Bon Jovi at Villa Park, Birmingham, UK last night and my first comments on the gig are what immense VFM!

I've read so much on here about rip off ticket prices, overly commercialised BJ etc and having looked at UK tour tickets in last few years was tending to agree but got these tickets for £90 for 2 people and saw Bon Jovi play live for just short of 3 solid hours!!! Yes that's 3 hours (with very few guitar, drum or keyboard solos taking place of great songs in 90 mins sets I've seen in recent years by bands like Whitesnake, Journey etc).

Incredible longevity of performance and material covered over such a massive show so for me this was superb value for money certainly!!

In terms of setlist it was rather more interesting with some odd choices and classics left out (in my opinion - although with heavily pregnant wife with me for the gig we had to leave mid-encore number 2 as it had been 2 hours 50 already and she was really flagging - so hard to specify any remaining classics that didn't get played - I didn't hear 'Lay Your Hands On Me', 'Someday I'll Be Saturday Night', 'I'll Be There For You' or anything at all from 'Bounce' for example).

The guys did play their regular Quo cover 'Rockin' all over the world' (which I'd prefer them to not bother with but did get a huge crowd reaction to) and songs that do little for me and are rather obscure like 'Happy Now', 'Captain Crash' and 'We Got it Goin' On'.

However I would take the band playing all those tracks in their quest for fresh setlists and not only playing the classics alone to hear the first song in encore 1 of the awesome 'Dry County'! So special to hear that fabulous song live that I never expected to hear Bon Jovi play live.

Energy from JBJ was positive, fun and great, sound and vocals seemed fine to me from what I could hear in the dizzy heights of the stand and the crowd lapped it all up and loved it.

Another great night out seeing and enjoying Bon Jovi for the fourth time in my life and though it was wierd to see them without Sambora it didn't really make that much difference (and the stand-in guitarist played all the classic solos and tunes excellently from what I heard).

May Bon Jovi continue to tour, record new material and play it live (4 newies played at this gig) and hopefully rock up their future CD output to make it even better to hear fresh and live.

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