I am still in utter disbelief that I was at the Daughtry/Bon Jovi concert in Kansas City, MO, last night. Thanks to my Aunt Lisa, who introduced Bon Jovi to me when I was a youngster, I have been a life-long fan of “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Bad Medicine,” and a whole host of other Bon Jovi hits, so when Chris and I found out that Bon Jovi was going to be in KCMO, we didn’t think twice about getting tickets. To top it off, Daughtry, whose frontman Chris Daughtry is our favorite American Idol contestant of all time, opened for the headlining act, and it made for an evening of ear-splitting fun.
Let’s get some of the premilinary discussion out of the way. Chris and I left Nixa around two o’clock and arrived at Fiorella’s Jack Stack in downtown KC about five. My parents raised me on Jack Stack barbeque, and no trip to KC is complete without a rack of onion rings and some world-famous BBQ sauce. After dinner, we made our way to the Kansas City Power & Light district to park and make our way to the Sprint Center. Once we got past security and found our seats, we purchased some souvenirs (I got a Bon Jovi tank top, and Chris got a program).
You should know that the Sprint Center is huge, and because we got “cheap” tickets, we were concerned that we wouldn’t have good seats, but we were completely wrong. We were in the upper deck, second row, just off-center at the back of the arena, and small world that it is, we sat next to a couple who were from Fair Grove! So the seats were good.
Daughtry opened, and I was almost blown away: first, because they were awesome, and second, because they were too loud. Chris Daughtry involved the crowd, mentioned Kansas City about thirteen times, and thanked the crowd after every song; he obviously knows that much of his success comes from his fans. Because the sound system was EQed for Bon Jovi, Daughtry didn’t sound great, but that’s to be expected for an opening act. Overall, Daughtry was a perfect opening act for Bon Jovi; they got the crowd excited, played their hits, and made us ready for more.
After Daughtry, we had a twenty-minute intermission while the Bon Jovi crew reset the stage. (And can I say this? I was impressed with this quick turnover. When we saw U2 in 2005, it took the crew over an hour to reset the stage after Kanye West.)
And finally, Bon Jovi came on stage, and I’ll let the set list take us from there:
- Lost Highway Of course, Bon Jovi was promoting their latest album Lost Highway on this tour, so many of their songs were from that album. Note that Jon still has on his jacket.
- Born to be My Baby
- You Give Love a Bad Name Jacket gone. First classic song of the night, and the crowd of 17,000 goes wild. I turned to Chris and said, “I can’t believe I’m at a Bon Jovi concert!
- Raise Your Hands An oldie from the Slippery When Wet album. I wasn’t familiar with the song until last night, but I’ve been singing it all day.
- Just Older
- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (w/ Gimme Some Lovin’ & Land Of 1000 Dances) Another song that I wasn’t familiar with, but it was worth Jon’s impish facial expressions and outdated dance moves. Honestly, the whole band gave the crowd a run for their money because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep up with them all night. And if the band thing doesn’t work out, Jon could totally be an aerobics instructor.
- Blood Money
- Blaze of Glory (w/ Daughtry) Chris and I were hoping Chris Daughtry would come out on stage for one song, and this is the song he sang on American Idol. I love the song anyway, but this is the best version I’ve ever heard. The duet was fantastic, and you could tell the guys enjoyed singing together (which is probably why they’re on tour together).
- Whole Lot of Leaving
- Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore This song won the CMT Music Awards 2008 Collaborative Video of the Year on Monday, April 14. The song/video featured LeAnn Rimes, but Lorenza Ponce sounded awesome singing it last night.
- In These Arms
- Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
- We Got It Going On One of my favorite songs from the Lost Highway album. Rock on.
- It’s My Life A favorite from the Crush album.
- Bad Medicine (w/ Shout) The crowd went wild with this one. Who can blame them?
- I’ll Be There For You (Richie Sambora solo) Jon took time off stage for this song, and let Richie take the lead. This has got to be the best power ballad of all time!
- Make a Memory Jon reappeared after a wardrobe change, but he didn’t come on stage—he had a little platform on one side of the arena from which he sang this and the next song. OK. It was probably the cheesiest part of the concert, but the fans around him ate it up. (And I think I saw some ladies slip Jon some panties.)
- Bed of Roses
- Who Says You Can’t Go Home I sure didn’t want to go home after this one!
- Have a Nice Day And who doesn’t love the title track from their 2005 album?
- Keep the Faith
- Living On a Prayer I knew the concert was coming to an end, but they hadn’t played this song or “Wanted Dead or Alive” yet, so I knew it wasn’t over. You should have heard the crowd on this song; I swear they were louder than the band, and they kept cheering until the band came back for an encore. Seriously, my ears were ringing from the two girls screaming behind me.
- Encore Song #1 I Love This Town The production for this song featured video from the Kansas City area, including logos from the KC Chiefs and Royals, but the KU Jayhawks logo got the biggest response from the crowd. Someone threw a KU national champions ballcap on stage, and Jon wore it a few measures, and you know that was well received.
- Encore Song #2 Wanted Dead or Alive And I so wanted to hear this song! Jon asked us to stand for the singing of the national anthem, and then Richie broke out the beginning riff, and the crowd went crazy! It was totally worth the wait!
I still can’t believe I saw Bon Jovi in concert last night. Arena concerts are a whole other experience, that’s for sure! It’s no wonder that this band has been performing 20 years, they have a way with the crowd, and their music is always spot on. Who can turn down songs about love, heartbreak, living the life you want to live, and generally being a bad @$$? Wanna see more pictures? Check out my Picasa web album.
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