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16 June 2001 - Milton Keynes, England, UK Concert Review 18 June 2001
Well...the boys done us proud!

A review by LittleRunaway /

Blimey! What can be said about Bon Jovi at Milton Keynes that hasn't already? I got there at about 9:45 am to queue for my wristband. we queued through rain and sun for hours until finally we began to move a little to the box office. I beagn to think I shouldn't have made an effort to wash my now mud drenched jeans a few days before! So I got to the box office, YIPPEEEE! I had on me my very first ever wristband! God I was happy!

So, when we'd run around frantically trying to find gate 7 we did again what we had been doing all morning, queued. we queued to get in the Bowl for what seemed like forever. As soon as we sat down, we moved, we stopped, sat down, moved. Until finally we got to the gate.

Running to the next enterence I was so excited. I was going to be close than I had ever been before to the band, and of course, Jon! Obviously other people were more imptient and pushed and shoved their way through. After I got a few bruises I got in and RAN to the front of the barricade! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!! I found a spot behind who were then, other short people, 3 rows from the front! I was so pleased to see that there was a suface put down to stand on! So we sat and waited all afternoon through hot, cold, rain, sun until the first support act came on. (while sitting waiting, anyone see the Jon lookalike??!?!)

I though Delerious were ok, much better than the Dum Dums last year anyway! Suprised their set was short, but then Matchbox 20 came on (who I had heard loads about). Now this was a band that's going somewhere! Liked the music and the energy they gave.

Throught the support acts however much I liked them I wanted them to end!!!!!!!!

Watching the stage being prepared I winced at the men very high up while they did what they had to do, getting more and more excited feeling it build up inside me.

The stage began to take the form of a hotel. waiting, waiting, waiting...then the lift doors opened..."AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" Yep! The band were there right in front of my eyes I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

Jon in his combats looked as sexy as ever, if not more so, and I must say David looked very fine too! I must have screamed my throat away as they burst into One Wild Night!!!!! Jumping and singing all the excitment that had been building up and up since 6 that morning all came out in that moment as I felt each and every part of me tingle! This was it, finally here.

The music was the best. The crowd were great. The heavy rain held off for Bon Jovi and it was FANTASTIC. "I might be cheap but I aint easy"...what a line! :)Jon proved to us all that he's still got it, and it don't look like that mans ever gonna loose it. Dancing and singing with so much energy you'd think it was the first tour night. Raise Your Hands got me going even more, which I was suprised was possible!! It has to be said if anyone knows his audience and how to work it, it's Jon!! I kept going right until the very last note. Better then Wembley it's gotta be said!!!

Seeing the guys off in their helicopter was a sad moment, watching them wave goodbye to a crowd of people they had just an hour erlier been rocking! But it was great and a picture I'll have stored in my memory forever.

The whole day was amazing. Untill...

...getting home. Three hours it took to get out of Milton Keynes in a car. Stop, start, swap lanes...stop, start swap lanes! Roundabout's galore I have never seen so many. (MK do love their roundabouts!) But WHY did everyone want to go our way???!?! Finally got home at 5 this morning, by which time I was wide awake again, or so I thought before I hit the pillow to dream about a toatally and uterlly amazing ONE WILD NIGHT!!!!

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