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jimmyjovi89 02-04-2021 09:47 PM

The Circle Tour
 
What’s everyone’s favourite shows of the Circle tour?

1. Sydney Night 3- Epic performance, What do you got? in the rain followed by Something to Believe in and an angry Happy Now. With a great version of I Believe too.

2. Hard Rock Calling, the band completely blew everyone away, stunning version of Always, Hey God and Keep the Faith. Richie was on fire and Jon was class too.

3. Dresden- Bounce, Undived, Something to Believe in, can’t argue with that set list. Great performance again, that summer they were the best band on the planet.

Although my personal favourite moment was Hard Letting you go from the 02. I really loved hearing The Circle tracks live too.

bonjovi90 02-04-2021 10:19 PM

The three you mentioned are definitely in the top tier. Dresden was a big surprise since shows in Eastern Germany always got the "play the set and get out of here" treatment, but the band was up for it that night! Even though ticket sales had been moderate at best.

A few others I'd add (no particular order).
Buenos Aires 2010: Great crowd, great band, great setlist
Mannheim 2011: The audience recording doesn't really give the vibe away. There just was something in the air that night, the band's vibe to really deliver and the crowd that were in a big party mood. It's also the show where the Wanted performance really stuck in my memory (and it usually doesn't).
Lisbon 2011: Jon's vocals were quite straining there, but the effort to really deliver for the final night was there. Great set of rarities and, for me, the second-best tour finish they've done after Helsinki 1996.
MSG Night 3 2011: The famous show with the blackout and the band firing on all cylinders to make up for it. Had the first half been rather standard, the second half was anything but that!
Vienna 2011: Great energy, great setlist, stunning second encore!

There's a whole lot more of shows that I'd rate very good, but not quite up there for one reason or another like Udine 2011, Mohegan Sun 2010, New Meadowlands Stadium Night 2 and 3 in 2010, O2 Arena Night 7 2010, Toronto Night 2 2010, Barcelona 2011 or Sao Paulo 2010. All really nice shows where we'd flip if we got something like that today! Just listing these shows that the band were really living their Indian summer in those 2 years! What a time it has been! :)

liljovi93 02-04-2021 11:38 PM

Honestly, I do think Hyde Park 2011 gets overlooked. I think Jon was on really good form that night. I went to the Manchester show the night before and the two shows are like night and day. Manchester was ok but very safe and the weather was awful. Hyde Park just had something special (I didn't go) from listening to it live on the stream that day to listening to it now.

That version of Living On A Prayer I listen too a lot!

Jon staying on for a long time and reportedly having to be carried off backstage because he genuinely didn't stop moving.

Dublin night 2 2011 as well is a show I watch a fair bit.

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bonjovi90 02-04-2021 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by liljovi93 (Post 1272221)
Honestly, I do think Hyde Park 2010 gets overlooked. I think Jon was on really good form that night. I went to the Manchester show the night before and the two shows are like night and day. Manchester was ok but very safe and the weather was awful. Hyde Park just had something special (I didn't go) from listening to it live on the stream that day to listening to it now.

That version of Living On A Prayer I listen too a lot!

Jon staying on for a long time and reportedly having to be carried off backstage because he genuinely didn't stop moving.

Dublin night 2 2011 as well is a show I watch a fair bit.

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Hard Rock Calling was Hyde Park. Listed by the OP and I agreed with it as well :D
So not overlooked. I was stunned when listening to the live broadcast back then!

liljovi93 02-04-2021 11:55 PM

Not by you two haha! In general when speaking to fans about 2011.

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fanofrem 02-04-2021 11:57 PM

Oslo, Norway June 15 2011 is number 1 for me


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jimmyjovi89 02-05-2021 12:22 AM

Just listening to the start of Dublin Night 2 that band was on fire! I forgot how cool it was when Bounce appeared at a couple of shows.

YOVANAfromPeru 02-05-2021 02:16 AM

The only and first show I went that tour: Peru 2010. Still with Sambora.

BJFan99 02-05-2021 07:46 AM

Montreal 2010, night #2 - great setlist, Jon on fire, astonishing vocals throughout, one of the best BOR and Always performances since god knows when, immense Saturday Night, very long show

Philadelphia 2010, night #2 - the whole band just rockin' out like real mofos all the way through the show, awesome medley of Bad Medicine/Bad Case Of Loving You/Shout, again great version of BOR, Only Lonely opening the encore

Sao Paulo 2010 - not as epic setlist as in Buenos Aires three days earlier, but still great + insane energy and fantastic vocals, AMAZING crowd

Sydney 2010, night #3 - a setlist so stunning and rarity-filled it's crazy, overall Jon's best show vocally since probably Bremen 2000, dynamite performances of STBI, Saturday Night, KTF, Dry County and These Days

MSG 2011, night #2 - even though the band really fired up on all cylinders from HAND onwards during night #3 after the mixing board incident had been solved, I've always preferred this one overall; not a single bit of autopilot in sight at any point even though roughly the first third of the setlist was quite predictable, amazing energy, Jon working the crowd like a mad man, again magnificent vocals, one of the very few times I think ILTT actually fit the encore and felt genuine, epic back-to-back performances of Always and These Days, Jon obviously not wanting to leave the stage at all hence the extra long 2nd encore

Philadelphia 2011 - Jon's birthday show, energy totally out of control, whole band on absolute fire, truly stunning performances of several songs, IMO best US show in a very long time even with basically no rarities performed; a prime example of how you don't need to have a particularly epic setlist to perform an absolutely kick-ass show

Hard Rock Calling 2011 - plain and simply an epic show in every way, no need to really add anything that hasn't been said

Mannheim 2011 - after the snooze-fests that were Düsseldorf and Zürich, a more-than-welcome return to the form of the best live band out there; stunning show, several rarities sprinkled throughout the set and a kick-ass performance of Hey God opening the encore

Vienna 2011 - again insane energy, whole band really playing for their supper throughout the night, THE essential '11 performances of Saturday Night and Blood On Blood, greatest 2nd encore imaginable

Barcelona 2011 - although Jon's vocals were not quite as strong as in many other shows that year (still very good for the most part though), both the energy and setlist were just unbelievable, not forgetting to mention an epic crowd and the atmosphere of the whole band being, to quote Jon, "on one of those kind of moods" that night

San Sebastian 2011 - criminally underrated show, Jon's vocals at full force again, an amazing energy and setlist (even though Bobby's solo alone killed Wild In The Streets early on to the show), the highly anticipated return of This Ain't A Love Song and an epic These Days with Romeo And Juliet by Dire Straits as an introduction

Lisbon 2011 - the last truly epic show of this band, a bit knackered but overall still very impressive vocals by Jon, absolutely stunning performances of I Believe and TAALS (just to name a few), insane energy and passion, truly a show worth its legendary reputation

Jonny Sambora 02-05-2021 06:22 PM

Great post. The Indian summer of the band and a tour I loved following at the time.

If I had to pick 3:

Sydney night 3
Hard Rock Calling
Dublin night 2 (biased I know but it was amazing and even though first night was great the 2nd night was just amazing. Will never forget it!)

Other honourable mentions: Toronto night 2, MSG night 3, Uncasville, Udine, Vienna, Lisbon, San Sebastian...I could go on.....

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