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Bon Jovi at the RDS 8 July 2011
Goldenplec Irish Music News article

Source: Goldenplec Irish Music News

Another rainy night in Dublin in June must mean it’s time for an outdoor gig. This time, it’s the turn of New Jersey stalwarts Bon Jovi, for the first of a two night stand.

The Riptide Movement and Vintage Trouble had the honour of opening for the Jovi. I hadn’t heard of Vintage Trouble before. They are a Los Angeles band with a sound reminiscent of rock from the 1950′s, pure old school rock with a dash of soul.

From where myself and my companion for the evening were sitting, on the right quite close to the stage, their sound didn’t seem quite right. The snare drum echoed and it just wasn’t loud enough. That can be the case sometimes for opening acts but then the sound would be adjusted for the headline act.

The venue quickly fills up but weirdly there seems to be a huge empty space to the right of the stage. Perhaps this was for Golden Circle ticket holders but there was enough room for perhaps an extra 1000 people. While other parts of the pitch area were jammers, this empty area left a gap in the atmosphere on our side of the venue.

A light mist falls over the RDS as Bon Jovi come to the stage. Drummer Tico Torres is joined by David Bryan on keyboards. Hugh McDonald arrives on bass and Richie Sambora gets a cheer as he returns to the fold following his rehab stint. Hold on though, there’s an extra guitarist?

The biggest cheer though is for Jon Bongiovi as he comes to the stage wearing a red old guard’s jacket, which makes him stand out from the rest of the band. As the band start ‘Raise Your Hands’, Jon hops on one leg, which points to a leg brace on the other, following a fall last week.


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