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16 June 2001 - Milton Keynes, England, UK Concert Review 17 June 2001
Bon Jovi are better than ever

A review by Dave /

I must admit, I woke up yesterday morning and suddenly had past images of Glastonbury in my head for what the rest of the day had in store. But to be honest when we got there the sun was out and it was even good enough to play football! However it did rain during Delirious? and Matchbox 20's sets but I think everyone will agree both were great support acts and were very humbled by the experience.

I have been to each Bon Jovi tour since the Crossroad one at Wembley '95 and last night's gig was probably the best. It was great to hear old favourites like Raise your Hands and Wild In The Streets and new covers which had all the crowd going. It was also good to see the enthusiasm the band put over which made everyone have a good time and what was particularly noticable was that the energy and intensity didn't falter once. Even in the ballads (Bed of Roses and I'll Be There For You) everyone was singing at the top of their voices. The setlist as a whole flowed consistently churning out hit after hit and it looked as if Bon Jovi were loving every minute of it.

And what about the new set! The whole idea of entering the stage to in the Empire State Building lift to the "One Wild Night" intro was brilliant. It was obvious that a lot of thought had gone into the new live experience and it paid dividends. I went with people whose first Bon Jovi show it was and they said it wasn't going to be their last.

Another factor which enhanced the whole experience was the onstage banter. Jon had the crowd under his thumb from the off in his mock cowboy outfit. He made the crowd laugh, sing and even dance like an arse. That's what it's all about.

It's good to see that the band can still cut it after all this time and with the writing and recording of a new album imminent, if the energy and intensity of these live shows continues then we are all in for a great new album and tour. Bon Jovi are currently better then ever.

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