“ Artist: Bon Jovi / Genre: Indie Rock & Punk „
I was browsing through the categories and reviews and came across this one and felt compelled to write about my love of one of the world's biggest rock bands.
As some of you may know already if you have read my earlier reviews I am a huge fan of Bon Jovi. I have seen them live on 3 occasions and hopefully will see them again.
The band are :-
Jon Bon Jovi - vocals, guitar
Richie Sambora - vocals, guitar
David Bryan - keyboards, backing vocals
Tico Torres - drums
Hugh McDonald - Bass
Bon Jovi have released numerous albums and singles during their decades-spanning career, but it is really the experience of seeing them live, that I think shows just how hard-working and talented they really are.
My first experience of seeing Bon Jovi live was at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, June 2004, the 'Bounce' tour. We chose to go and see them there as living in the North East of England it was one of the easiest places to get to, and also we love Scotland. And as the Scots certainly know how to enjoy themselves, we knew we were guaranteed a great atmosphere!
It was a warm humid day as we settled into our seats in the stands. The support band were 'Live' and were actually quite good! After their set, it wasn't too long before Bon Jovi took to the stage, playing tracks from the 'Bounce' album and also some old favourites too, such as Living On A Prayer, It's My Life, Raise Your Hands and Wanted Dead or Alive.
Before entering the stadium, leaflets were distributed which gave information on how to get a chance to be on stage with Bon Jovi during the concert. This involved sending a text to the number stated, and if you received a text back you would be able to join the other winners and go up on stage. There were quite a few people taken up onto the sides of the stage at regular intervals during the cocncert, some of then got to shake hands with Jon Bon Jovi, or dance with him. I was not one of these lucky folk!
Their live sound was fantastic, Jon's vocals faultless. They put so much into their performance and Jon interacts well with the crowd at every opportunity. The stand- out track of the night for me was Keep The Faith, which built slowly to an amazing finale.
I mentioned the day was humid and there were one or two lightning flashes overhead which fitted in well with the electric atmosphere inside the stadium! The band played a long set of over 2 hours - so real good value for your money.
The second time I saw the band perform live was 2 years later, June 2006, the Have A Nice Day tour. Again we went to Scotland, this time to Hampden Park. It was a red hot summer day, and we had a nice walk to the stadium, stopping off at some bars along the way. We had a good time sitting outside the various bars with a drink amongst a lot of Bon Jovi fans.
The support band this time were Nickelback, which I was really pleased about as they are one of my favourite bands.
We were seated in the stands again, but as everyone was stood up and dancing, it was just as good as being on the pitch.
Bon Jovi played tracks from the Have A Nice Day album and again some of their earlier hits, including You Give Love A Bad Name, Just Older, Someday I'll Be Saturday Night. The stand-out tracks this time being I'll Be There For You with Richie Sambora giving an excellent lead vocal, and Wanted Dead Or Alive, which is one of my favourite songs. Again the band played another long set, though I'm sure the fans would have been happy to be there all night!
I travelled to London last year to see the band play at Twickenham Stadium in June. Why not Scotland again? Well the band did play at Hampden Park again but unfortunately we had already booked our holiday before the dates were announced and London was the only concert we were able to attend.
We made the long journey down by coach the day before the concert, and were staying at a North London hotel, but still had quite a bit travelling on the day of the concert - a bus, the tube and a train ride to get us to Twickenham.
I felt the atmosphere at Twickenham was not as good as we experienced in Scotland, but still had a good time. The support band were Biffy Clyro, who I had not heard of at the time, but I understand they had a chart hit with 'Mountains'.
Bon Jovi played another long set of songs from the Lost Highway album, and also quite a few songs ive not heard live before such as Diamond Ring, Always and Dry County (which for me was the stand-out song this time).The band also did a cover of the Stones 'Start Me Up' complete with Jon doing a hilarious Mick Jagger impression!
After the concert, we had the long walk, train, tube and bus journey back to the hotel so were pretty exhausted but had a great time.
I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing them again, but I don't think I'd like to travel to London again, so would like to stick with Scotland, unless they play somewhere here in the North-East again, as they did a few years back.
If you like Bon Jovi and haven't seen them live, I would definately recommend it. They are not the 'poodle-haired pop stars' critics once said about them, they are simply a hard-working rock band who deserve some credit for selling millions of albums and continuing to play to sell-out stadiums world-wide.
A fantastic night out and worth every penny!
Thanks for reading!
If you think about it, Bon Jovi have been around a long time and theyve done well to stay so successful. Their music is fantastic, and their concerts even better. Im goin to watch them in a few weeks and cant wait. Not only does Jon bon talk to the audience ( and drive them wild) but they mix a lot of their classics in with their new hits, so there is something for everyone. The Cds are great, for all occasions, and can be listened to time and again
I wasn't always that aware of Bon Jovi until about 10 years ago someone bought me a CD of theirs for a gift. It was the New Jersey Album. And I have been hooked ever since. I think they seem to be getting better. And I have all of their albums now. I have even managed to get my husband to like them. When we met he wouldn't have dreampt of listening to their music but after being bombared by me he now listens by choice. I get so fed up with fake put together groups. The type that are boy or girl bands who all end up together after auditions by some big company. Half the time they mime. Rarely they write their own stuff and they earn a fortune out of it. Buy music that is original and real. Not all this other rubbish.
I have been a fan of Bon Jovi for 16 years when I first heard Livin' on a prayer. I love the whole band and I have most of their albums. I believe that the songs get better. The new album Crush is fantastic!! Jon looks gorgeous with his short hair and they seem to have matured alot in their music and this is reflected in the songs. My fave is Say it isn't so . It is very much sing along rock and although I have not seen them in concert I have it on good authority that they blew Wembley away!! Although the band has been together for 20 years they still seem to bring out the best. I know that both Jon and Richie Sambora have gone into solo albums and Jon has also been in films I can honestly say that they bring those experiences back to the group. I think alot of people would be surprised at their talent. Worth listening to all the albums!!!!
I have absolutely no repect for the music produced by Bon Jovi. It is featureless, uninteresting, formulaic, standard long-haired rock, and as such does not appeal to me. While I am aware that Bon Jovi were the originators of certain classic 80s anthems, it must be stressed that being an anthem in the 80s is nothing to be proud of – indeed, it is generally something to be laughed at. They have a huge following, which they don’t deserve, in my opinion. Shut up, Bon Jovi.
I first heard Bon Jovi around 18 years ago, when I was going to rock clubs, the first song I heard was "runaway" and I just loved it soo much!!, I bought their album eventually and then all the rest from there on. They produced brilliant singles, such as "wanted Dead or alive" and the wonderful living on a prayer. I also saw them live and would recommend them to anyone!! However as groups do they went quiet and started doing solo careers and films etc until now, Back with the excellent single " its my life" from the new album "crush". I think they have stood the test of time wonderfully and are still an excellent group
Think of Jon Bon Jovi and what do a lot of people think of? Lots of long permed hair, headband, wild clothes, leather trousers perhaps - cor! - and headbanging songs. Well, now Jon is past that stage and although some of the songs may still be headbanging, the image has changed somewhat over the last few years. His hair - apparently cut by his hairdresser Dad a lot of the time - is nicely cut and flattering, he wears jeans that aren't all torn but are figure-hugging, and he has a much more clean wholesome image. One thing remains though, he is still very sexy indeed. His voice is still rasping and he can still belt out the songs as he always did. But I do miss songs like 'Living On A Prayer' and 'Dead Or Alive.' Ah well, everybody has to grow up I suppose, even rock stars!
I have to say first of all that Bon Jovi are an excellent band live, and some of their previous albums should become classics amongst the yoof of today, but Crush is a departure from their usual style. You only have to listen to 7800F and then listen to 'Crush' to see/hear how much this band have changed over the years. The sound on the first album is totally raw - you can hear the energy and downright entusiasm coming out of iy. 'Crush' seems to be aimed more at the pop loving market than the loyal BJ fans who have been listening to them for years. However, they all look great and the sound is pretty good too, it's just not really what I was expecting the new album to be about.
Bon Jovi is what I call sing-along-a-rock. Jon will never be a true rock star while all the teeny boppers think of him as a hunk. Personally I think there's something a little sad about someone who has the Superman emblem tatooed on his arm. Still, this is suposed to be about Bon Jovi, not Jon Bon Jovi and the music is something I can't really fault. The band aren't really given enough consideration, and Jon has a great lead guitarist (Richie Sambora). There is no doubt that Bon Jovi have produced some timeless classics, and I haven't heard much of the latest album yet, but I expect there are some more to be found there too.
Untill this year and he released his latest album and single. I thought it was so good I decided to buy most of his albums and listen to them. Just as I thought it was all very good music and put you in the feel good factor to listen to his music over and over again.I feel it was a good use of money and I dont think I will ever regret my decision. Good work Jon keep it up.I will never forget any of your songs even if you do give up singing. It would be a shame to quit while your ahead.
You say to people - "What do you think of Bon Jovi -Have You Heard "Crush"?" - The response is generally a funny look, or a snigger - "It's outdated!" How wrong could these people be? Bon Jovi has just entered the new millennium with a superb album - and a hit single that everyone I have spoken to likes! It's weird they'll admit to linking "It's My Life" - but not Bon Jovi! If you like it... let people know - that's why I'm here! To be honest I have only got "Cross Road" and "Crush" - but these albums are both superb and I have no problem saying that I own them! Whilst in discussion with a freind - I decided that the next single he will realease will be "Thank You For Loving Me" followed by "One Wild Night"! What do you think? If you've got an opinion on this - don't be afraid to make it known!
This artist is incredible there are so many great songs that he has produced over the years. His songs really have aged well theres no question of that! And he is still going with he latest single selling as well as the rest. A great light rock verging on pop singer. I just can't help but sing along to his wonderful songs "My love is like...". Anyway really do listen to his songs there are some of the best around! If you have any spare money go and watch him live it is an experience that is extremly difficult to forget!
No doubt about it! sexy, georgous, That smile, That BODY...need I say more! What I wouldnt give from a night alone with him (sorry Pete). For a man in his late 30's who as been singing since he was 18, and has a voice that could calm a charging bull (okay i exagarate here -but only a bit) And I still go weak at the knees What a Man! mmmmmmmmmmm! He has the carer and the wife to prove it that is the only thind that tarnished his perfectness! Well if dreams could come true.......
Hmmmmm, does Bon Jovi do it for me? I don't even have to think about it.....Yes he does.....Big Time!!!! Not only is he one of the most sexiest men on the planet, but his georgous husky voice sends me weak at the knees!!! I'm soooo glad that they've decided to grace out charts again, I'm sorry but theres no one like him, he's talented in his own right and has a very unique voice. (I think your all getting the picture that I'm a mad Bon Jovi fan now arn't you)!!!! He's also a very good father and husband (but oh god I wish he were mine)....what else can I say but WOW!!!