We had an amazing first night in Melbourne for #TheFinal7 shows of the Because We Can Tour 2013! Read more to watch a live video of “Lost Highway” from the December 7th concert.
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By Michael Dwyer (The Sydney Morning Herald)
How much Vaseline for Jon Bon Jovi’s teeth? That was one of few statistics left to the imagination as the 96th show of his ten-month tour to 2 million people in 55 countries flew its 1,800 road cases into Melbourne.
Word is there are 181,248 pixels on just one of those 102 video panels. But these first 50,000 Aussie fans were blinded more by charisma than science.
Fifty-one but looking 38, Bon Jovi was every inch the all-American high school spunkrat in his tight jeans and half-zipped stars and stripes. His pearly whites sparked a stadium-wide explosion as he made a delayed entry to the first meaty, macho, denim-jacketed riff from his latest #1 album.
Though wounded by the April departure of guitarist Richie Sambora, the band was hardly limping in terms of musical muscle or bonhomie. Beaming old boys Tico Torres (drums) and poodle-haired keys man David Bryan were present and solid.
Fill-in guitar hero Phil X got almost as much giant screen time. Which was weird, because those two less photogenic guys on bass and guitar have served longer and barely scored a solitary pixel all night.
Make no mistake, style and presentation count big time at this end of the rock’n’roll highway and nothing says that more clearly than a stage made of a massive inflatable 1959 Buick.
Dude, really. The set was a 35-metre-wide car with flashing headlights and morphing windscreen and, for much of the show, with moving scenery from the great American road trip that Bon Jovi’s songs so rousingly describe with wind in their hair and one fist permanently raised through the sunroof.
It’s the song of defiance hurled into the storm of everyday heartbreak that makes this band tick. Raise Your Hands, It’s My Life and Because We Can barrelled into We Weren’t Born to Follow and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead — the latter with a smattering of Stones, Jerry Lee and Chuck Berry thrown in to further please a besotted crowd.
With Torres whipping up a funkier beat and Bryan howling an extended organ solo, Keep the Faith was one of few to stray from the formula of 4/4 fist-pumpers slashed with palpitating guitar solos. But if it were possible to write a formula for a solid gold and fail-safe full-stadium showstopper, it would sound a whole lot like Livin’ on a Prayer.
By Lance Dodd (Herald Sun)
BON Jovi has been named the No.1 touring act in the world three times in the past five years and they showed why as they kicked off the Australian leg of their Because We Can tour with the help of thousands of backing vocalists at Etihad Stadium.
Source: News Limited
Rousing stadium-rock anthems, power ballads and a massive stage designed to look like the front of a 1959 Buick Electra set the scene for a sing-along party that went on for several hours and must have left many of the fans nursing sore throats.
Such was the level of enthusiasm displayed by the audience that the concert at times resembled a massive Zumba class as the fans waved their arms in the air and clapped on demand.
It was hard not to get swept up in the atmosphere as Jon Bon Jovi and his band played through their back catalogue of hits, going back 30 years, interspersed with some songs from their latest album, What About Now, and a few cover versions in a “jukebox” segment.
But it was the classics, including Livin’ on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bad Medicine and You Give Love A Bad Name, that the crowd had come for, and Bon Jovi delivered.
The massive Buick set with giant screens on either side could easily have dwarfed the band, but Jon Bon Jovi and regular bandmates Hugh McDonald (bass), Tico Torres (drums), David Bryan (keyboards) and guitarists Bobby Bandiera and Phil X (replacing Richie Sambora) were on top their game, delivering a powerhouse rock show that left no doubt that they were the giants on the stage.
The sound quality was good, with the volume never reaching uncomfortable levels, but remaining clear thoughout the night.
Some people say you don’t have to be a bogan to be a Bon Jovi fan, but it doesn’t hurt.
Judging by the tassles and leather on display there were a few bogans around, but even the non-bogans couldn’t help having a good time.
Bon Jovi will perform again in Melbourne on Sunday night.Bon Jovi: BECAUSE WE CAN - The Tour, has arrived to Australia for #TheFinal7 Shows! The biggest tour on planet earth will end 2013 with 5 massive stadium shows & 2 rare, intimate arena performances, with your chance to see Bon Jovi play Inside (arenas) & Outside (stadiums). All attendees of the December 15th Sydney Entertainment Center performance will receive the exclusive and never released DVD of Bon Jovi: Inside Out. Visit http://smarturl.it/xjosjq to get your ticket while you can!
Telstra’s Bon Jovi #1 Fan Competition winner, Lisa Klein, posed a great question to the band: “Has your humanitarian work changed the person you have become and how has it influenced your music?” Read more to see Jon’s answer!
Getting excited to see @BonJovi at @ANZStadium tomorrow night for the #Becausewecan tour of Australia!
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