Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bon Jovi, 2010-06-26 - O2 Arena, London

Sat, Jun 26, 2010 in London, UK @ the O2 Arena

I went on the same day of the concert to Luton, London. At Luton Airport caught the Greenline bus to Hyde Park, London. Then went by foot to Knightsbridge to Hotel Mandarim where Bon Jovi were staying.
There were already a lot of Bon Jovi fans out there to see if they could see the guys from Bon Jovi. I found several friends from other Bon Jovi tours.
I saw Tico arriving at the Hotel, took a photo with my right arm and caught Tico and me looking to the side. It was the only photo I could take with Tico. He was not very friendly with us fans.
Few minutes later Richie arrived but got in trough the other door further away. The italian fans saw him.
I also have photos of Obie, Bandiera and David Bryan. This time I didn't see Hugh. I also took a photo of Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and David Bryan getting out of the hotel to a car. I touched Richie's back on his way to the car.
After that little episode me and all the fans got out of the hotel main entrance and went to the O2 Arena. The Jubilee Line was down so we have to change to other lines in the tube.
Arriving to O2 Arena just found out the other Backstage Members. Nice to see the BJ fans again.
Before I got in the O2 Arena just went to the merchandising of Bon Jovi to buy some things. Bought a Bon Jovi t-shirt, 4 buttons and 2 tour books (1 of the tour books was to a friend (Olga) who ask me for a tour book).

Before Bon Jovi in the O2 Arena, London played Kid Rock.

We had 1 band before Bon Jovi ("Kid Rock").

The singer was Kid Rock. He started at 19:09 and played for 56 minutes. I like him. Kid Rock walk all over the stage and played a lot of instruments. He did the same on Dublin 2008 (first time I saw him, also before Bon Jovi). I also liked to see Kid Rock with the American and English flag together as one behind the stage. Before Kid Rock appeared I ate a hot dog and a coca-cola.

Finally was time for Bon Jovi. They started the show at 20h35 and played for 167 minutes.
This was the last of 12 night shows Bon Jovi performed on the O2 Arena from June 7 to June 26, 2010. This was the only one I went.
The show was really good. This time I was closer than when they opened the O2 Arena on 2007. This time I could see them on stage and on the giant screens.
I liked to see the video Bon Jovi had on the beginning. The video with the circle and with the shadows of the guys.
About the stage: love to see the screens. On a song the screens turn down and Jon walk all over them jumping from one to another.
"In These Arms" is still one of my favorite Bon Jovi songs ever. I love to hear this song live once again.
When Bon Jovi were playing "Bad Medicine" Kid Rock went on stage to sing with the guys "Old Time Rock & Roll". It was awesome.
"Lay Your Hands on Me" was sang by Richie Sambora on vocals. I just didn't feel it. To be sincere I prefer to hear this song sang by Jon Bon Jovi.
"Bed Of Roses" was amazing.
"Diamond Ring" was very boring. I hate this song and live is so boring.
"Bullet" was good to see live but I prefer "Fast Cars".
On one song Jon called the other Bon Jovi members to go with him to the catwalk. I took several photos of the catwalk with them. They stayed from left to right: first Tico Torres, then Richie Sambora, Jon BJ and David Bryan.
The images on screen were also different from old Bon Jovi tour live shows. Several times the guys were on big screens with a lot of fireworks. Never saw effects like these on BJ shows before.
Encore with 6 songs. It was awesome.
Before they played "These Days" Jon started to sing "Livin' On A Prayer" but at the end of some seconds he stopped and said something like this: "Already!!! I think is not time for this song yet!!!". It was very funny. And "These Days" is other of my favorite songs by Bon Jovi.
I loved to hear almost at the end of the show the amazing "It's hard letting you go". Made a video to remember.

I will write here the setlist:

1. Blood on Blood
2. We Weren't Born to Follow
3. You Give Love a Bad Name
4. Born to Be My Baby
5. Lost Highway
6. In These Arms
7. When We Were Beautiful
8. Blaze of Glory (First Time on Tour)
9. Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
10. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
11. We Got It Goin' On
12. Bad Medicine / Old Time Rock & Roll (with Kid Rock)
13. Lay Your Hands on Me (Richie Sambora vocals)
14. Bed of Roses
15. Diamond Ring
16. I'll Be There for You
17. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night (Acoustic)
18. Bullet
19. It's My Life
20. Who Says You Can't Go Home
21. Keep the Faith
22. Have a Nice Day
23. Wanted Dead or Alive
24. These Days
25. (It's Hard) Letting You Go
26. I Love This Town
27. Livin' on a Prayer

Videos of Bon Jovi (4):

Bon Jovi-In These Arms, O2 Arena, London, UK, 2010-06-26
And the video:

Bon Jovi-When We Were Beautiful (with Intro), O2 Arena, London, UK, 2010-06-26
And the video:

Bon Jovi-Lay Your Hands On Me (Richie), O2 Arena, London, UK, 2010-06-26
And the video:

Bon Jovi-(It's Hard) Letting You Go, O2 Arena, London, UK, 2010-06-26
And the video:

Next the story of Manic Street Preachers (with Jet, Mão Morta and Skunk Anansie) at Optimus Alive!10, Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Algés, Portugal on July 9th 2010.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bon Jovi, 2010-06-04 - Rock In Rio, Madrid

Fri, Jun 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain @ Rock In Rio (Ciudad Del Rock, Arganda Del Rey)

I went on the 7h50 am plane to Madrid through "Iberia". I arrive there at (11:41 am Lisbon time) 12:41 Madrid time. I met 2 brasilian Bon Jovi fans who lived in Madrid on the train station near Arganda Del Rey (14:37). Had a ride with 2 portuguese friends and the 2 brasilians to the Rock In Rio place. Arrive there at 15:55. The gates open near 19:00. I arrive front row left side at 19:12.

Bon Jovi were amazing. Started after midnight. I took a lot of photos (will show them in the next post).

We had 2 bands before Bon Jovi ("Macaco" and "Pereza").

The first band was Macaco. They played for 60 minutes. I like them. Never heard of them before, but they were really good.

The second band was Pereza. They played for 62 minutes. I saw them for the second time. The first time was in Madrid May 22nd 2003 when they played also before Bon Jovi in Estádio La Peineta. I don't like them on both shows.

I will write here the setlist:

1. Animales
2. Manager
3. Quiero hacerlo esta noche contigo
4. Como lo tienes tú
5. Estrella Polar
6. Super hermanas
7. Pirata
8. Violento amor
9. Madrid
10. Lady Madrid
11. Grupis
12. Mucho mejor (with Ariel Rot and Carlos Tarque) (Los Rodríguez cover)
13. Superjunkies
14. Señor kioskero (Intoxicados cover)

Finally was time for Bon Jovi. They started the show at 00h20 and played for 115 minutes.

What an amazing show it was.

I will write here the setlist:

1. Blood on Blood
2. We Weren't Born to Follow
3. You Give Love a Bad Name
4. Born to Be My Baby
5. Lost Highway
6. In These Arms
7. Have a Nice Day
8. When We Were Beautiful
9. Superman Tonight
10. Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
11. Bad Medicine / Roadhouse Blues / Shout
12. It's My Life
13. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
14. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover)
15. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
16. Runaway
17. Work for the Working Man
18. Who Says You Can't Go Home
19. Keep the Faith
20. Wanted Dead Or Alive
21. Livin’ On A Prayer

Next the story of Bon Jovi (with Kid Rock) at the O2 Arena, London, UK on June 26th 2010 (The Circle tour).