Bon Jovi’s Intimate Melbourne Gig

The Circle World Tour

Bon Jovi

Rod Laver Arena

Friday, December 10, 2010


Written by Jacqui James


THREE WORDS… OH MY GOD! This is the only thing that I can think of to open with! Last night Bon Jovi took the stage for close to three hours, playing to an extremely packed Rod Laver Arena for their “pre-show party” as Jon Bon Jovi called it. (I thought I had seen Rod Laver packed-out but last night bought a new definition of packed-out! The concert was a gift for those who missed out on tickets to tonight’s sold-out Etithad show.

As the lights dimmed and the video screens lit up, Rod Laver totally arrupted! As a huge surprise Jon appeared on a smaller stage towards the back of the Arena while the rest of the band played on the main stage. What was even more surprising was when the first song The Last Man Staging finished Jon casually walked around the ground floor’s outskirts, high-fiving people along the way until he reached the main stage.

Jon and the guys were often visibly impressed with everyone’s singing even at several times drowning out the band. Jon still makes women of all ages swoon with his blue eyes and charming ways! Last night during Bad Medicine he pointed to women in the crowd saying “Trouble… Trouble… Trouble!” then moments later he ripped open his black leather vest, showing the ultimate six-pack! You bet, every woman squealed! Also his acting talents are still very apparent; I found myself in a spell during In These Arms. Jon even played lead guitar during the night!

Richie Sambora, the guitar extraordinaire slipped into the frontman position for Lay Your Hands On Me and he was great as!

Jovi played their greatest hits including You Give Love A Bad Name, Born To Be My Baby, It’s My Life Keep The Faith (our favourite for the maracas), Have A Nice Day, Dry County (one of their best live tracks), Wanted Dead Or Alive and Livin’ On A Prayer. They also did a bunch of new tracks from their latest Greatest Hits album including the Australian exclusive single No Apologies.

Last night’s concert was definitely a stripped down version of their stadium mega show, but Jon definitely put 200% effort into it. The man’s a machine who know kept pushing himself beyond his fatigue – all for a “pre-show party”.

Bring on Tuesday where we see the guys at Suncorp Stadium!

Here’s the set list from last night:


Last Man Standing

You Give Love A Bad Name

Born To Be My Baby

We Weren’t Born To Follow

In These Arms

Superman Tonight

When We Were Beautiful

It’s My Life

No Apologies

We Got It Got Going On

Keep The Faith

Bad Medicine/Pretty Woman /Shout

Lay Your Hands On Me (Richie Sambora)

What You Got If You Ain’t Got Love

Diamond Ring (Jon and Richie)

I Be There For You

Something For The Pain (acoustic)

Work For The Working Man

Thorn In My Side

Have A Nice Day

Who Says You Can’t Go Home

Love Is The Rule



Dry County

Wanted Dead Or Alive

Livin ‘ On A Prayer

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

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