Bon Jovi: Melbourne Night 2 Set List

Thanks to @Despina76 for posting this and answering so many people's questions (since there was no phone reception in the stadium according to most everyone so no PBP)

And I got a great comment from Carly who was at the show with her friend Cheryl.  You can check out her review here: Enough about me, let's talk about YOU for a minute: Business Chic + Bon Jovi review

Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi shine with rock basics at Melbourne concert

Bon Jovi shine with rock basics at Melbourne concert
* Nui Te Koha
* From: Sunday Herald Sun
* December 12, 2010 12:00AM

NO two Bon Jovi concerts are ever the same.

Accordingly, there were subtle differences in the way Bon Jovi's Circle show unfolded at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night compared to their performance at Rod Laver Arena on Friday.

Then there was the obvious contrast - last night was the full-scale stadium experience, with massive video screens and enough production bells and whistles to justify a world tour schedule of 130 shows in 30 countries.

"That was like a club gig compared to this," Bon Jovi said last night. "This is going to be better."

And how.

There was no claw stage. Instead, Bon Jovi grips its believers with sweaty, back to basics rock, and upbeat anthems about better days.

Bon Jovi was formed in 1983.

Yet, frontman Bon Jovi, 48, looks more youthful and vibrant than rockers half his age.

He was every bit the rock star and rattle-shaking evangelist on Saturday night.

You Give Love A Bad Name and a new wave flecked Runaway came early in the set, but it was the one-two punch of Keep The Faith and Bad Medicine that really got the party started.

"It's Saturday night in Melbourne and I've got nowhere to go for two days," Bon Jovi said, then cleverly morphed Roadhouse Blues and Shout into the set.

It was a crowd pleaser that turned up the momentum for the rest of the show.

Bon Jovi's Circle is a classic rock tour de force without props or pretense.

It is also one of the best concerts of 2010.

Bon Jovi" Pictures from Melbourne, Part 2

I heard the set list was pretty fabulous. 

The Melbourne Fans got 2 great shows.



Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi: Billboard’s Top Touring Act of the Year

December 10, 2010 by music news ·

Since 1986, only two bands have claimed the honor as the top-grossing act twice in three years: the Rolling Stones (1998 and 1999) and the Grateful Dead (1991 and 1993).

But this year, another act can claim that title: Bon Jovi .

For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi ranks as the highest-grossing touring act. The band’s achievement, this year and previously in 2008, demonstrates that, remarkably, the group is hitting its touring peak 26 years after releasing its debut album.

Ranking at No. 1 on the year-end Top 25 Tours chart with the Circle trek carries more cachet with the industry than with fans, Jon Bon Jovi acknowledges.

“It’s funny, because there’s obviously a part of you that’s very proud of it,” says the singer, calling from Japan following the band’s two sellout shows at the Tokyo Dome. “In the industry it means something; it doesn’t mean anything to the public. But in the industry, all your peers are going to look at it. They’re going to see some kind of year-end charts for everything: albums, singles, touring. It’s a very nice industry asterisk, for sure. U2 are paying attention.”

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Bon Jovi says fans don’t come to shows because the band is the top touring act. “They come to see it because they’ve seen it before and they’re willing to spend their disposable dollars,” he says, adding that the band doesn’t set out to top the Boxscore charts. “You can’t think about it. In order to break records you have to just do it to satisfy the need.”

In an ongoing global trek promoted by AEG Live that saw the band play stadiums and arenas, Bon Jovi reported Boxscore grosses for the period of Nov. 20, 2009, through Nov. 28, 2010, of $146,507,388 and attendance of 1,591,154 to 69 sellouts. When Bon Jovi was tops for the year in 2008 with its Lost Highway tour, the trek finished with a gross of $210 million, the 10th-biggest of all time.

“The biggest thing to remember about this tour is that having a great plan executed by an amazing team delivers the results,” says band co-manager Paul Korzilius, who has worked Bon Jovi’s tours since the band’s earliest headlining days. “What it comes down to is Bon Jovi has always delivered on the promise of an incredible live show and has always remained current with records and their singles. And the customer, who we love, responds.”

The 2010-11 trek is AEG Live’s third outing with Bon Jovi, following the Have a Nice Day tour in 2005-06 and the Lost Highway tour in 2007-08, which grossed a combined $342 million and moved 3 million tickets worldwide, according to Billboard Boxscore.

“I joke with Jon: ‘Bon Jovi is the gift that keeps on giving to us promoters,’ ” AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips says. “Bon Jovi is like our U2, that anchor client. [Live Nation promotes U2's global tours.] A lot of times when a company is on their third tour with an act, it loses some of the sparkle of the first tour in terms of enthusiasm and attention to detail. In this case, it only intensifies. I credit that to the band’s work ethic and to Paul’s ability to work with an organization and get the most out of it. The bottom line is when a band is as loyal to a company as they are to us, we owe that back to them in spades.”

The current tour could be considered Bon Jovi’s most ambitious, at least for the modern era, Korzilius says. “But Bon Jovi got to where they are by great music [being] performed live, and that has meant touring, touring, touring on a worldwide basis since the beginning,” he says.

Bon Jovi agrees that the tour might be the band’s most ambitious in a while, at least in terms of its length and scope. “Lost Highway was, I believe, a 100-show tour, and we’d gotten accustomed to that 100-show kind of a run,” he says. “This will probably be 140 shows all told, so it is a bit ambitious. But when Paul and I sat with the calendar, it’s paced in a way that’s very doable.”

The basic routing of the Circle tour began with a pair of dates on Feb. 19 and 20 at KeyArena in Seattle, followed by runs through North America, Spain and Holland-and a 12-night stand at the O2 Arena in London that grossed more than $18 million. Then it was back home in July to finish a four-sellout stand at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., that, combined with the run’s first three shows in May, took in more than $21 million and drew 200,000-plus fans.

The band played North American stadiums this summer, then headed to Mexico and Latin America for a box-office-busting fall run. Following promotion of the release of the new “Greatest Hits” album on Island Records in November, Bon Jovi resumed touring in Japan, Australia and New Zealand before a holiday break.

While the run has evolved from the Circle tour to the Greatest Hits tour, the same production will ramp up again in North America in February through April 15, then head for stadiums in Europe May 15-July 15.

The band and its management recognized the challenge of launching a tour of such breadth in uncertain economic times.

“We’re aware of it,” Bon Jovi says. “We were aware of it in the routing, and we were aware of it last night in the stadium. People don’t have that kind of disposable income in the middle of the week, a school night, a work night. Ticket prices are what they are, unemployment is high over here [in Japan] as well. We were aware of all of those factors, but this is where it had to fit, so we were willing to sacrifice a couple of things for the opportunity to come.”

Bon Jovi: Melbourne Review, REALLY????

I bet this guy gave U2 5 stars, yeah the production on the 360 tour is AMAZING (hello rocket ship popping out of a football field) but Bono CANNOT sing. (actually I went back and checked he gave the 4 stars.  I myself was disappointed with U2, although the ticket prices were a lot cheaper than Bon Jovi we paid $45 US, at the end of the day while Jon may not have the range he had in the mid early 80's at least he still sings and doesn't do spoken word Livin on a Prayer which is what Bono did with Still Haven't Found What's I'm looking For, and City of Blinding Lights /end rant)

Reviewed by Andrew Murfett
December 11, 2010

Jon Bon Jovi only had to flex his muscles to generate thousands of screams. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Rod Laver Arena
Last night

ONE of the most amusing books this holiday season is Things Bogans Like. Like the blog of the same name, it deftly details the likes and cultural touchstones of a significant number of Australians.

Last night at Rod Laver Arena, a good number of the 16,000 in attendance could safely be described as either the book's targets or target market. And based on the hysteria Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates from New Jersey generated, that was just fine.

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As for mullets, tight jeans, bourbon (in a hip flask) and leather worn proudly by band and fans alike, well, that was simply the order of the day.

This was a shamelessly old-fashioned set of stadium-sized rock. Last night's show, which sold out in 10 minutes, was packed with power ballads, anthems and cliched rock moves.

Jon Bon Jovi, the irrepressible band leader, wore a black sleeveless leather vest with ample room to display his well-sculpted pecs. Playing second fiddle was gregarious (and hirsute) guitarist Richie Sambora.

And all of the band doggedly insist on persisting with hairstyles best left behind two decades ago. Yet it's impossible to dismiss the band as anything but relentlessly energetic entertainers. These are master craftsman of meat-and-potatoes rock. After all, their current single, played last night, is called No Apologies.

Their arsenal of hits - You Give Love A Bad Name, It's My Life, Born To Be My Baby, Keep The Faith, In These Arms, Wanted Dead or Alive - provided ample ammunition for an ecstatic audience.

Last night's crowd, while gleefully flying the ''b'' flag, was surprisingly youthful. Many fans were not yet conceived when Bon Jovi broke through with the album Slippery When Wet in the mid-1980s.

Although ostensibly on a greatest hits tour, there were perhaps a few too many ''newer'' songs served up for the casual fan. Yet the in-the-round staging and multitude of video screens meant fans were hardly bored.

In fact, the frontman had to do little more than flex his muscles or smile to generate thousands of screams.

Describing the show as a warm-up for their huge gig tonight at Etihad Stadium, Bon Jovi was earnest in promising fans more than two hours of entertainment. There was even a well-timed cover of Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman midway through Bad Medicine.

The final song was, as at every show, the world's best karaoke moment: Livin' On A Prayer. No matter what pop culture stereotype you brand it, last night was lots of fun.

Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi's rock n' roll days are numbered

* By Kathy McCabe
* From: The Daily Telegraph
* December 09, 2010 3:02PM

Jon Bon Jovi in Perth. Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow

JON BON Jovi may have just turned 48, but twenty years from now he says he can't exactly see himself still on stage rocking out a la Rolling Stones.

Another two decades of touring is just a little too much for the Bon Jovi frontman to imagine.

“I can’t see me being 68 and running around that stadium stage. I have to get a hobby,” he said.

But as long as Bon Jovi exist, so will stadium rock.

The critics may proclaim it a dying “art” but Jon Bon Jovi and tens of thousands of adoring fans at their opening Australian concert in Perth last night haven’t heard the death knell.

The American rockers have survived bad hair and pop culture’s bad moods and tantrums to remain one of the most successful acts of the past three decades.

After witnessing their opening night on The Circle tour, their secret to longevity is revealed.

It’s the hits and the man who sings them.

Try not singing along to Livin’ On A Prayer - it’s impossible. Or It’s My Life, Bad Medicine, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Always. Even if you are not a Bon Jovi fan, those songs have wormed their way into your memory courtesy of jukeboxes, backyard BBQs and supermarkets.

Jon Bon Jovi himself is a rock music conductor as much as he is a singer, songwriter and musician.

Armed with a megawatt smile, he plays the audience as much as the songs, urging them on with “Are you still with me?” and constructing all the right moments for them to raise their voices.

It’s part medicine show, part revivalist church with the latest concert video technology to help even those in the nosebleed seats to get a front seat view.

Bon Jovi will be performing not only three stadium concerts in Sydney but also an “intimate” Star City gig for more than 1500 lucky punters and on one of the Oprah Opera House shows.

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