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LIVE BON JOVI PERTH ARENA 12 DECEMBER 2013

LIVE BON JOVI PERTH ARENA 12 DECEMBER 2013

BON JOVI LIVE AT PERTH ARENA

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 12 DECEMBER 2013

Bon Jovi Live Perth 2013

 

A lot of course has been written about Bon Jovi over the last year or so regarding the relationship between John and guitarist Ritchie Sambora. Sambora of course isn’t on stage tonight (we’ll leave that aside for now), but thankfully Tico Torres is now back in action after undergoing two emergency surgeries last year.

 

 

 

Setlist:


That's What the Water Made Me | Lost Highway | Whole Lot of Leavin' | You Give Love a Bad Name | The Radio Saved My Life Tonight | In These Arms (2nd Verse sung by David Bryan) | It's My Life | Because We Can | What About Now | We Got It Goin' On | Keep the Faith | Amen | Someday I'll Be Saturday Night (acoustic) | Thick As Thieves | Born to Be My Baby | We Weren't Born to Follow | Who Says You Can't Go Home | I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (w/ Rocking All Over The World, Start Me Up)| Bad Medicine (w/ Roadhouse Blues, Wipeout)

Encore:


Wanted Dead or Alive | Have a Nice Day | Livin' on a Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

With only a handful of dates left on the ‘Because we Can’ World Tour Bon Jovi’s show in Perth is just that little bit different from the spectacular stage that the rest of Australia has been witnessing with its 1959 Buick-shaped set. Tonight there’s nowhere to hide, and no distractions from the music, and that of course is what Rock and Roll is all about…

 


Perth Arena is packed tonight with a good proportion of ladies of a certain age – Bon Jovi’s core audience these days and whatever you take on the band’s musical output these days you have to applaud them for their ability to adapt and survive.

 


Starting off with a trio of lower-key numbers with Jon hugging his acoustic and enthusiastically waltzing around the stage it’s clear that the years have neither diminished his sheer presence on stage nor his ability to excite the crowd with a mere look or gesture.

 


It is however not until four songs in and ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ that the crowd almost as one get to their feet and from then on it’s down to Jon’s charisma and hit-studded set-list that keeps them there. Even though Perth gets a shorter set than most venues on this tour and miss out on the spectacular show – it just shows that all that gloss is only part of the equation. At the centre of everything of course is Jon Bon Jovi and even though Sambora’s absence of course is always hovering over the arena it’s not something that is constantly nagging at you except of course when it comes to that missing interplay that Jon and Ritchie worked over the years. Perhaps most of all as expected something seems missing for ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ and the iconic ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’.

 

 

 

There’s a long way till we get to that though, and the inclusion of fan-favourites like ‘The Radio Saved My Life Tonight’ and older songs like ‘In These Arms’ – which sees David Bryan take a verse –  and ‘Born To Be My Baby’ elicit some great responses from the crowd.

 


We may not have got the three hours other locations have had – but these days over two hours of music is still great value for money. Whilst it will always be the older songs that garner the most attention - bringing forth sudden energy surges in the crowd, that if harnessed could have lit up the city for a few hours, there were some surprises.
We love the acoustic sections and the rendition of ‘Someday I’ll be Saturday Night’ gives us brief respite along with the slower ‘Thick as thieves’ before ‘Born to Be My Baby’ lights up the sky again.

 


Jon is looking good tonight, and has seemingly boundless energy; thanking fans for their support over the years he’s a man you feel is quite unstoppable once he sets his mind to anything. And that energy is most notable on songs like ‘It’s My Life’ which threatens to raise the Arena’s roof and is probably only topped by the ubiquitous and still magical ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’.  

 


What most impresses though is how the band so effortlessly pulls off not just a lower key stage show without the big set and lights, but also cope with the absence of Mr Sambora. Of course guitarist Phil X is flawless which helps and with Jon drawing the focus for some at least it’s only after the show that the questions come.
It’s a great night to be a Bon Jovi fan.

 

 

 

by Natalie X images by Mark Diggins 12 December 2013

 

 

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