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Bon Jovi Live Review

Rachel Boothroyd doesn't mind getting wet at Old Trafford

Written by . Published on June 27th 2011.

Bon Jovi Live Review

”I CAN’T believe it. 45,000 crazy fans are dancing away on a wet rainy night in Manchester. I’m the luckiest man in the world.”

And with that, Jon Bon Jovi made the whole of Old Trafford forget about the weather on a cold Friday night in Manchester.

“It’s like having a shower with tons of people,” he said. He’d probably know, given his antics in the 80s.

Bon Jovi were playing the cricket ground as part of their marathon world tour to support their Greatest Hits album, although the man himself insisted it ‘isn’t a goodbye tour or a nostalgia tour.’

That didn’t stop them rattling through their back catalogue though – racing through 23 songs from six different albums across 27 years.  Every hit had the crowd singing along and waving their hands – or smartphones – in the air. There can’t be many people out there who don’t know the words to ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ ‘It’s My Life’ and of course the anthem that is ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’

Bonjovi2010The only disappointment a couple of songs I didn’t know, so vast is their arsenal of rock. I still enjoyed ‘Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars’ and ‘Raise your Hands’ though. As soon as ‘When We Were Beautiful’ came on I was back to belting out a tune with everyone else.

Our seats were towards the back of the ground, so when I wasn’t singing, I could sit back and appreciate the sight of thousands of fans waving their hands in mass synchronisation. It is an amazing site and you could tell how much Bon Jovi himself appreciated it. “It’s like having a shower with tons of people” he said. He’d probably know, given his antics in the 80s.

The rest of the band was surprisingly quiet throughout the whole gig. Perhaps they were feeling the chill. Richie Sambora’s guitar solos were still immense though, and showed he doesn’t need to be vocal to be talented.

Overall , it was an amazing concert. To see a quartet with a combined aged of more than 1000 performing with such energy is amazing and the songs were brilliant. Our programme might have gone damp with the rain, but the event certainly wasn’t a damp squid. 

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Robert KnightJune 27th 2011.

"a quartet with a combined aged of more than 100" ... to be honest that isn't all that impressive is it?

Jonathan SchofieldJune 27th 2011.

Thanks Robert, we've amended now. Gone for safety first.

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