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|Sorting through Bon Jovi's set lists
Predicting the future is an inexact science.
But, man, is it fun, as the bracket-scratching fever of just-concluded March Madness can attest. Research is key: You have to find solid performance info, extrapolated to identify trends and goals, hits and misses, strengths and weaknesses.
Bon Jovi, one of America's top concert draws, has posted set lists from its Circle Tour, its biggest live undertaking since the late 1980s. That gives fans an opportunity to try to predict what the Jersey boys will perform at this weekend's shows at American Airlines Center.
What we know: The band has promised to perform songs from its formative days, but roughly half of each evening's tunes are from albums released since 2000. Judging from past reviews, the shows are 2 ½ - hour, 25-song marathons of hard-rock heaven. Cities lucky enough to host two performances (score!) get sets that vary, with at least two covers and four acoustic arrangements the only sure things on the tour's circle-shaped stage.
Variables do exist. The band – Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, drummer Tico Torres, keyboardist David Bryan and bassist Hugh McDonald – is coming off a weeklong hiatus with shows in St. Paul, Minn., before coming here. And Bon Jovi's people watch Internet fan chatter: Requests for songs not played in early tour stops have largely been fulfilled.
Bank on these: At least five songs from The Circle, including its two singles, "We Weren't Born to Follow" and "Superman Tonight" (the latter followed by "We Got It Going On" from 2007's country-rock disc, Lost Highway) in the set's first third. An encore of "Wanted Dead or Alive," then "Livin' On a Prayer." "You Give Love a Bad Name" followed by "Born To Be My Baby" and "Lost Highway." . The Circle's "Work for the Working Man" and Have a Nice Day's "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (sans ex-Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles) just before the final main-set song.
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