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Old 06-28-2019, 05:35 PM
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Default The worst live Bon Jovi show of all time...?

Clickbait title aside, I thought it would be interesting to have a discussion on what the worst show in the history of the band was?

This is NOT to be critical of the band (there can be a lot of reasons a show sucks), but think of it more of a dive into the bands history.

In my mind the following factors might be worth considering:
1. Band member illness/absence
2. Poor setlist
3. Technical issues
4. Bad crowd

So what do you think?

Think Jon was very ill during Pittsburgh 2017 meaning set was only 16 songs.
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"A show in New Jersey has the band performing at the top of their game".

Bon Jovi at New Meadowlands Stadium, night number 4.

Obie had been bigging this show up while walking through the Diamond Platinum Turbo era or whatever it was called back then, saying they had a spectacular opening song for this show. Show started with Raise Your Hands. Yep. Whoop-di-doo Obie. This was also the first show since the shows at the O2 arena so some fans expecting at least some rare songs to be played tonight. Maybe Let It Rock? Something To Believe In? Would they dare (It's Hard) Letting You Go? Nope. We Got Open All Night. From Bounce. Fantastic.

On top of that Jon came out and was in a bad mood right from the start, Richie was sloppy and started making small mistakes, Jon ignored Richie for a bit, the band was tiptoeing around Jon, crowd was dead after Kid Rock had just blown these American minds with a cigar smoking vinyl scratching pyro show, Jon's vocals were poor, several bad looks from Jon to Richie, Richie looked guilty all night, no effort from Jon trying to win the crowd over, Richie sweating profusely, a poor setlist and eventually while I was walking out Jon tore his calf muscle and limped off stage.

Easily the worst Bon Jovi show I've ever seen.

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For me, although my birthday lol it is STILL the worst show for me. Happened on August 21, 2005 at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. The show was expected to be short as it was before HAND was released and more or less some sort of favor Jon was probably paying back but it was really short, 14 songs, and the band was completely hung over (aside from Tico I'm guessing) after partying down in Milwaukee post the Miller Park gig the night before. Everyone was like a statue and it was a make shfit venue outside of the parking deck. The whole thing was a mess!
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No question. Sarnia Bayfest 2008.

Richie was sick but still sang TWO songs, flies were out of control and pissing Jon and the band off. Twist and Shout started in the completely wrong key.

I've told this story before but as the show ended I turned to the people I was with and comically mouthed WHAT THE **** WAS THAT really cartoonishly while in the second row and turned back to get a BIG stink eye from Jon. He knew the show was shit and was already in a foul mood.

The entire ride back we tore the show apart haha.
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The Scottish show in 2013 I attended was bad. They didn’t want to be there. Came on late. Awful set list. Half empty stadium. Jon moaned about being cold.
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"A show in New Jersey has the band performing at the top of their game".



Bon Jovi at New Meadowlands Stadium, night number 4.



Obie had been bigging this show up while walking through the Diamond Platinum Turbo era or whatever it was called back then, saying they had a spectacular opening song for this show. Show started with Raise Your Hands. Yep. Whoop-di-doo Obie. This was also the first show since the shows at the O2 arena so some fans expecting at least some rare songs to be played tonight. Maybe Let It Rock? Something To Believe In? Would they dare (It's Hard) Letting You Go? Nope. We Got Open All Night. From Bounce. Fantastic.



On top of that Jon came out and was in a bad mood right from the start, Richie was sloppy and started making small mistakes, Jon ignored Richie for a bit, the band was tiptoeing around Jon, crowd was dead after Kid Rock had just blown these American minds with a cigar smoking vinyl scratching pyro show, Jon's vocals were poor, several bad looks from Jon to Richie, Richie looked guilty all night, no effort from Jon trying to win the crowd over, Richie sweating profusely, a poor setlist and eventually while I was walking out Jon tore his calf muscle and limped off stage.



Easily the worst Bon Jovi show I've ever seen.



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Not to forget Richie's giant screw-up in HAND

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Dusseldorf 2011. Expectations had run high and they were so off. Both the performance and the setlist.

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Malaysia 2015... JBJ almost couldn’t talk, the weird thing is that the next day (Singapore 2015) his voice improved and sounded very different. *shrugs*
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Sofia 2013 was bad... it was highly anticipated here, they had never been here before. Jon had hay fever, struggled mightily as the set went on. The highlight of the show was probably BOR, when the fans were giving roses to Jon and threw lots of them on the stage .
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Glasgow 2013 - Jon shit, crap crowd , one hour 45 set. Dreadful

Glasgow 2003- crowd were shit. Jon average.
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