Ep.353 – Bon Jovi @ Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

Chrystal May 5th, 2010 | By
Category: Bon Jovi, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Uncategorized, Video Concert Reviews

It’s been two weeks since the Bon Jovi concert, and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” is still stuck in my head. I don’t even like that song, but I can’t shake it.

We had an honest-to-goodness fun time. I’m annoyed that I missed Dashboard Confessional due to the parking situation Downtown, but I got there in time to see Bon Jovi make their dramatic entrance.

We laughed a lot; possibly at them, but smiles are better than frowns. Every now and then I love to sit in the 300 section seats, and observe the crowd. Our seats for this show were behind the stage and in the balcony, so I could people watch the “front rowers.” The looks on their faces were priceless. Dare I mention the teleprompter with the lyrics to the songs scrolling at the foot of the stage. I appreciate that though. I don’t want to see a lyric fail. That would break my heart, and everyone makes mistakes…yes, even Jon Bon Jovi.

It was a guilty pleasure type of show. Family friendly, clean cut, and felt like I was stuck inside a modern day Bon Jovi video. It was, as my Dad would say, “a little corny,” but I don’t care. My face hurt afterwards, and I heard almost every song I wanted hear.

Almost… No love for the ‘90s power ballad ‘Always?’ What the hell? I’m obsessed with that song, and the video was G-R-E-A-T GREAT! Need a refresher? Don’t thank me, just enjoy…

It was ridiculous for me to expect Bon Jovi to put on an ‘80s style rock concert. Hello Chrystal, they didn’t stop making music just because you stopped listening to it. Naturally, they are going to mature their show.

Richie Sambora is precious, and for what it’s worth, I liked his outfit. It brought a little taste of what I was looking for. Love that he sang “Lay Your Hands On Me.” I also love when a guitarist and lead singer share a microphone for harmonies. It’s a sign of old school Rock ‘n’ Roll camaraderie, and that’s rad.

JBJ was a fiery pistol of hotness jumping around that stage. He seems like the nicest guy in the whole wide world, and he’s got a cute butt. :) His voice is pretty killer too.

The rock might be gone, but the show is still enjoyable, and certainly not sloppy. Do I wish I saw a different tour? Yes. Will I see Bon Jovi again? Why Not?

On a depressing note, please keep Nashville in your thoughts and prayers. As you may have heard, we had a massive amount of rain that caused intense flooding. Many people have lost homes, cars, pets, and other valuables. Last I saw, the death toll was 18.

Photo Credit: Larry McCormack - The Tennessean

If you’d like to donate to the flood relief efforts, please visit www.nashvilleredcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999. When you do, a $10.00 donation will be made, and charged to your monthly cell phone bill.

Bon Jovi – Always

Wesley Willis – Bon Jovi

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2 Comments to “Ep.353 – Bon Jovi @ Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN”

  1. Jeff says:

    I saw them the following night in Charlotte. GREAT show. Always does make an appearance every so often, but I’m sorry you missed it. I caught it in Atlanta in 2008 and it was SWEET. They change the setlist every night, mainly to please the die-hard fans like me that follow, but they always keep enough hits to please the casuals. Ohh, and he only flew over the crowd during the Slippery tour… that’s it. Each tour has characteristics… this one I’d say is the moving screens (that no one in the video mentioned JBJ walks on them when they become stairs) and the Circle aspect… there they walk up front for a mini-acoustic gig. They are tighter band than in the 80s, but not as “crazy.” I think their best music came from the 90s (glad you shouted out Always… it WAS a huge hit), but at your show, you got Something For The Pain… not very well known, but trust me.. THAT is a 90s song for the die-hards! And to the guy that wanted more old stuff.. they were playing to support the NEW album. :)

  2. Lorn says:

    Great vid Chrystal ! I especially dug the photos you added in to it and the brief cameo from the late Wesley Willis -lorn

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