Next stop was Nagoya Dome, but to my surprise very little was going on there, no huge crowds of exhausted people lying, sitting, standing around the stadium, and no huge posters promoting tonight’s show. I walked all around the dome (because I was looking for the fanclub-ticket-pick-up-place) and there was absolutely nothing exciting going on there. In Europe, we always spend more than 24 hours in and around the concert venue, and there’s always loads going on and lots of excitement in the air, here in Nagoya: nothing…
When I picked up my tickets, I was slightly disappointed to find out we were seated in row 11. I knew the fanclub tickets could be anywhere in the first 15 rows from the stage, but I was hoping for at least row 7. But when we got to our seats we found out the first row in our section was numbered 5, so we were really in the eighth row and our seats were exactly in the middle, precisely in front of Jon Bon Jovi, and we were very happy with our seats.
And it’s true people in Japan don’t take pictures at concerts! I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was looking everywhere around me and nobody was doing it. And I knew many of them had cameras (I had already seen them outside) and of course there are always Japanese keitai (cell phone) cameras, which are almost as good as real cameras. I had no idea how these people could restrain themselves from taking pictures, but I couldn’t! It was too tempting not to take my camera out. It was kind of pain not being allowed to use it, because I would’ve been able to take great pictures from my awesome seat. Secretively I gave it my best shot, it was tough, but I ended up with some fun pictures and movies. I almost got caught though, and after that I put my camera away (so no pictures of the bow), but that was near the end (during ‘I Love This Town’) anyway.
David moved to Richie's side of the stage
Backrubbing onstageThere were no onstage pits, almost no stage decoration, except a small bar and a jukebox, which were probably impossible to see from the back. And they didn’t play any rare or special songs, which I was really hoping for, because usually the Japanese set lists are to die for. Actually, I felt they were playing kind of rushed, one song quickly after the other, without much small talk or longer versions of songs.
Jon and his tiny jukebox
David Bryan going at it
Keep The Faith with Jon's ass ;)
Make A Memory live @ Nagoya Dome