Bon Jovi live in Berlin

ImmagineHi guyssss!!

So I’m back from Berlin (great city by the way!) As I said to you I went there for Bon Jovi concert, my favorite group ever. I knew them when I was only 12, I’m 25 now so I passed more than half my life listening to them and basically loving them. Their lyrics, their sound, their commitment towards the others, their humanity simply got me.

As I wrote in the last post, I just wanted to thank them, and so I did.. I wrote a little banner saying “thank you” I really think and hope Jon red that. But let’s start from the beginning…

On the day of the concert I woke up at 7, and at 7.45 I was already queuing outside the stadium. I had a “diamond ticket” which means I was in the little pit right in front of the stage. My goal was to be in the very first row. Nearly did it, I was in the second, not bad huh? So from 7.45 to like 11 I just sit and laid on a sidewalk with other people, luckily it was not hot yet… 11 came quite fast, we did all the procedures to queue in numeric number (as we arrived the backstage people wrote a number on our hands) and we moved to the gates assigned for diamond tickets. I passed from 11 to 16 basically doing nothing but wait for the doors to open. At about 2 I felt veeeery sick, I was hungry, I was feeling soooo hot (30 Celsius degree in Berlin are quite unusual I think) I nearly fainted! At about 4 while I was still saying to myself “don’t faint, don’t faint, don’t faint, please don’t faint” -.-‘’ I heard the sound check, and Jon singing a short verse from Because We Can, if I remember correctly. From that moment I felt better, really, don’t know what happened, but I really did feel better. Shortly after they finally let us enter, and I conquered my spot!! Muahaha =D as I said, I was in second row, at Jon’s right. Right in front of David and Bobby Bandiera. The stage was bare, really simple, they didn’t built the front part of the car they use as a decoration for this year concerts. I guess because the stage, and the stadium we were in was pretty little. So, once we entered we had to wait until about 6 to see the opening act, a band from germany. They sounded good, but unfortunately I don’t speak German so I didn’t really understand a word they said. =/

Bon Jovi concert was scheduled at 8….but with my ginormous pleasure they started playing at 7.30!! it was a 3 hours breath-taking concert! The first thing Jon said was “I won’t waste time by talking, I have to finish before 10.30 so let’s start!” (or something like that ;D) They started playing one of my favourite songs from the new album, That’s What the Water Made Me, and as Jon appeared and started to sing, I was not in my body anymore, there was only my soul. I jumped and singed and screamed from the beginning to the end =D

At the beginning Jon was having some problems with the sound in his ears, or anyway, he was making signals to the sound mixer and saying “no”. But eventually 3 songs after they corrected what was wrong.

But shortly after something else happens… the fake fog/smoke they use for creating atmosphere completely darkened the stage, basically nothing could be seen for a few moments… except for Jon’s voice saying “somebody’s gonna get fire tonight!” He was AND wasn’t joking. You know, you can’t mess with the BOSS. Jon’s so meticulous that he wants everything to be just PERFECT. But finally everything went smooth, and the concert went on perfectly. As I was saying, I was in front of David (keyboards) and Bobby Bandiera (guitar). I was so close to them that they both saw me waiving hello to them… and they answered back!! Not waiving of course but nodding their heads. Bobby even took a little bow to me appreciating my cheer to him. Ahhaah that was so cool! Unfortunately I couln’t see Tico (drums) because the stage was built so high that from my position I didn’t see him. As far as Phil X is concerned, he was too moved to the left, I could see him, but he couldn’t see me. For those who does not know it, Richie (lead guitar) left  the tour on April. Why?? Fans can’t still know why. -.-

But, Phil X is no news to the band and fans as he replaced Richie in the previous tour. He’s a great guitarist in my opinion, and he rocks the songs!! But of course, Richie’s absence is really heavy and tangible. You can feel it, you can hear it, you see it. The chemistry the two of them (Richie and Jon) can create on stage is a big loss, visually and auditory. =( background voices wants the two of them to have argued very hard, and that they won’t reconcile, HOPE they won’t break the band up. It would be terrible. Just don’t want to even think about that.

Back to the concert, Jon sang great, he moved from one side to the stage to the other, he interacted with the crowd even if I thought that it was difficult for me to let him see me, because he was looking beyond me, or looking at fan he already knows. I thought that was annoying, but eventually I managed to let him see myself by waving my banner on air. He looked at me and sang a line looking straight to my eyes. I could die. Aahahha. My job was done. =D

When they played “captain crush” some people began throwing confetti in the air, it was so funny and joyful =)

Jon played amen and created a peaceful romantic beautiful atmosphere, and seemed very proud of the result once he finished.  He was so happy to be on stage, so pleased by the audience, he kept repeating that we were a big part of that great night, we were giving a great feedback and actively participating. He was so pleased that after the encore, he played us 2 songs requested with banners and made us chose 1 over 3 more songs he proposed: I’ll be there for you / who says you can’t go home / always. The crowd chose always of course, but I would have loved to listen to I’ll be there for you! One thing I liked was that when he played Living On a Prayer he started playing it acoustically. It was a “wow” to me.

It was a spectacular concert, an amazing night, I got so thrilled and touched that 3 hours seemed 1 minute. That looong and exhausting day was just simply worth it, but I knew it 😉

Can’t wait to see them play in Milan in a few days!! =D

Rock on guys.. see you on the road! 😉  

here’s the setlist

 That’s What the Water Made Me
         
        You Give Love a Bad Name
         
        Raise Your Hands
         
        Born to Be My Baby
         
        Lost Highway
         
        Whole Lot of Leavin’
         
        It’s My Life
         
        Because We Can
         
        What About Now
         
        Runaway
         
        We Got It Goin’ On
         
        Keep the Faith
         
        Amen
         
        Bed of Roses
         
        Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
         
        We Weren’t Born to Follow
         
        Who Says You Can’t Go Home
         
        I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
        (Medley with Jumpin’ Jack … more)
        Bad Medicine
         
        Encore:
        In These Arms
        (David Bryan on vocals during second verse)
        Wanted Dead or Alive
         
        Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
         
        Have a Nice Day
         
        Livin’ on a Prayer
         
        Encore 2:
        I’m With You
        (fan request)
        Never Say Goodbye
        (Jon solo, acoustic – first … more)
        Always
        (crowd’s choice)

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