I have been to between 55 and 60 or so arena rock concerts.
I will never forget my first rock concert. It was an experience that I will never forget.
My first rock concert ever was when I saw the David Lee Roth Band (Cinderella opened) on September 25, 1986 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the then existing Civic Arena. It was a great show, and Steve Vai( David Lee Roth’s guitarist at the time), since has become one of my all time favorite guitarists. I will never forget seeing Roth doing his routine of leaping moves, and his belting out tunes from his hit record, “Eat’em and Smile,” as well as classic Van Halen tunes.
[adinserter block=”1″]Since then, I have seen arena shows by Boston, Aerosmith (4 times), AC/DC, Tina Turner, Nickelback, KISS (my all time favorite band, a whopping 46 times), and Bon Jovi (including this most recent show, 3 times).
I also have seen many club shows as well. I have seen Dokken, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Ace Frehley, David Lee Roth (with another lineup), I also went to a great fundraiser called “New York Steel,” that was put on by Eddie Trunk that helped the firemen affected by 9/11, and it featured Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, Ace Frehley, and Twisted Sister.
Going to concerts are fun. I love live music whether it is in a club or an arena. It doesn’t matter if the band uses a ton of pyrotechnics like KISS, or just stands there and lets the fans absorb the music. I love it. It is also fun comparing shows, especially if you have seen the band more than once. I also have been to great shows, terrible ones, and to ones that were so so.
That being said, as they say, everyone’s a critic, so I am going to review a concert that I went to recently. I hope that everyone enjoys it.
On March 14, 2013, New Jersey’s own Bon Jovi, led by singer Jon Bon Jovi, performed at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, KY to a sold out crowd, on their “Because We Can” Tour. Despite the tickets saying the show started at 7:30p.m., the band started at 8:15p.m., and played an awesome 2 hour and 45 minute set of Bon Jovi songs.
Prior to the show, there was a countdown to showtime shown to the crowd on the screens every five minutes. From where I was sitting, which was in section 327, behind the stage, I could see that the stage was a square stage. There was a circular catwalk and then there was an orchestra seating area for fans who I am guessing are VIPs or whatever.
There were some cool backdrops as well, but unfortunately, I could only see the backs of them, but I could see them when I watched the show on the screens. I did watch the band on the stage when I was able to see them, as Jon and guitarist, Ritchie Sambora did quite a bit of moving around. Both used the circular catwalk quite a bit. The screens did malfunction during one song, but came back the next song.
As for the band, and the show itself, this was one of the best concerts I have ever attended. I was just so blown away by the band. Jon was amazing. He sang great. I loved how he connected with the crowd, and showed how much he loves to perform. His interaction with Sambora was awesome as well. Sambora really rocked the place. Sambora is a very underrated guitarist.
The rest of the band was awesome. There was a little jam session near the end of one of the songs, so Jon could get ready to sing “Bed of Roses,” and do a costume change. That was cool.
Another great thing I liked was that the band played several songs in a lower key, and that Jon had the audience sing parts of songs. I am sure Jon’s voice in his earlier years was being constantly strained when he sang “Living on a Prayer” and other songs in concert repeatedly. I am guessing that to reserve his voice, that is why Jon sang some songs in a lower register, and had us sing parts of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Prayer.” It was fun. It helps Jon’s voice, and it was great to sing along. I had a blast.
In speaking of the set list, for me, it was a set list from heaven. There was no opening act, which I thought was great. Bon Jovi has such a huge catalog of songs, they don’t need one. Bon Jovi played some songs that I didn’t know, but I enjoyed the tunes anyway, but they played just about all the tunes I wanted to hear.
I got to hear the following: “You Give Love A Bad Name, ” “Bed of Roses,” “Living on a Prayer,” “Raise Your Hands, ” “Have A Nice Day, ” “Wanted, Dead or Alive,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “It’s My Life, ” “Because We Can,” “She’s a Little Runaway,” and many more. I had a great time dancing and singing.
Overall, I found the band to be excellent musicians. Jon Bon Jovi is a fantastic front man. He used his charisma, energy and charm to get the fans into the show, and as I said, the entire band really brought it. The fans were loud throughout the entire show.
Yes, ladies, for those of you who are reading this, Jon was so handsome. Oh my. I think he even got BETTER looking.
Anyway, what I thought was really great was after they played “Living on a Prayer” to end the show (it was the last of the encores), they came back out to play some more. They even played one last song when the fans’ screaming would not let them off the stage.
This was an outstanding show. I highly recommend seeing Bon Jovi on this tour. Jon said in a recent interview that the American Tour resumes in April.
[adinserter block=”2″]As for the fairly new KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, KY, as it was my first time there, I think it was a nice arena. My only complaint is that there was not much leg room in the upper levels where I was sitting. I was not the only one complaining about it.
Nevertheless, the area is a very nice facility, and my seat wasn’t that terrible.
I sincerely think this was a really awesome. I have seen a lot of shows, and this concert is in my top 5 easily. Definitely check out Bon Jovi.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan