posted on Jun, 16 2013 @ 06:43 AM
For the fourth time in my life I stood in the pouring rain with Mrs Hotel 1 who is a big fan to watch a Bon Jovi performance. I attend in the
capacity of her personal Close Protection Officer and because it gives me an excuse to kick back in some nice hotels that I always insist we stay in.
I would say I am reasonably well placed to report as an unbiased observer.
Firstly the standard of musicianship was as high as it always been although the conspicuously absent Richie Sambora did seem to be causing some loss
in the on stage chemistry. Lead Guitarist Richie Sambora is not appearing on the European leg of the tour and various reasons for his absence have
been citied but it is claimed that he is not currently undergoing rehab. In the face of missing this central figure even more credit has to go to the
other band members for stepping up to fill the gap, and the replacement one Mr X is clearly a first rate guitar player and vocalist, but some of the
flagship guitar solos were missing from the set.
The band seemed to be enjoying performing less than usual but that is perhaps not so surprising since they were missing a lynch pin of the line up and
it was probably this that lead to a somewhat shorter overall performance than we both expected. I feel it would be somewhat cruel of me to point out
that this factor may have been down to the ever increasing age of the band especially as long time drummer Tico Torres is now into his sixties and
showed no sign of it affecting his performance in the least.
As I said it is my dear wife who is the big fan and although she enjoyed the show she later said to me that she could only generously rate the show as
a seven out of ten based on what we have seen and heard from this band before. I am neither a fan or anti-fan although I did lose some respect when
Jon Bonjovi came out as Obama's chief dancing monkey not because I am an Obama/Democrat hater but politicising rock stars have always turned me off
(this means you Bono, Sting,etc).
Some of the comments JBJ made at the end of the show did leave us both wondering if the future of this outfit is in the balance at the moment and we
did find ourselves speculating afterwards as to wether the venerable Bon Jovi as we know it will continue beyond the end of this tour. This of course
would be a very sad ending of an era not just I suspect for fans of Bon Jovi but for others who like me come from the last generation of people who
have had bands and their music constantly with them throughout the many changing phases of their lives.
Please let me be wrong about this as I don't need anything else to make me feel even more ancient.
I realise that it is possible and maybe even likely that as Jon Bonjovi is well enough known and sufficiently spry at the age of fifty he may continue
on in a solo capacity but even so that in itself would represent an era ending.
So let me end with a sincere note of thanks to a band that has provided me with some memorable experiences and through who I have met some terrific
people over the years.
My spellcheck does not like this bands name so apologies for variations.