'Raise Your Hands '
So how did I manage to royally screw up about 95% of my pictures? Well, it seems that when I selected my cute new tiny white camera in the store, I forgot to ask about it’s ability to take pictures of Jon, Richie and the rest in action in the dark (well, it’s hard in Japanese). Tonight, through the lens of my camera, the band members had glaring white skin, and the big video screen had a nasty brown glow about it. I tried and tried and tried, but almost all the pictures seemed to contain fuzzy balls of light with clothes on. I did manage a small number of half-decent-looking ones, but halfway I just gave up. Besides the battery of my camera was almost empty (that’s what you get when you spend the whole morning taking pictures all over Tokyo), and I wanted to save the last of it to record Bon Jovi waving goodbye to the audience. Anyway, I should seriously consider getting a new camera if I’m going to any Bon Jovi shows in Europe, because mine is seriously inadequate. I did manage to record some short videos tonight, just so that I would have something to share on here, and they communicate the atmosphere of the show better than pictures anyway.
'Any Other Day' this time without the Tokyo Dome ceiling
So tonight’s show was broadcasted live on Tokyo’s WOWOW TV channel, and it was noticeable in the band’s attitude. I mean they did totally fine during the other 2 shows, but it seemed like they were extra perky and eager tonight. It was also noticeable by the assload of cameras present, for every camera that Bon Jovi always uses to fill up the big screen there seemed to be 2 extra TV cameras present. Jon asked us all to smile pretty for our mamas, because we were on live TV, and even though my mama wasn’t watching I still smiled for him. I couldn’t record this show because I don’t have this channel at home (neither does Yasu in Amagasaki), but I gave the very friendly Tokyoite next to me some money so she’s going to send me a copy on DVD, I only wish I hadn’t lost her business card, so I hope she contacts me to ask me for my address.
The show started with interviews with the 4 band members on the big screen. Unfortunately, the questions were all written in Japanese, and even though the band answered in English I still had to work hard to get a clue about what was going on. Bon Jovi broke some records in Japan, and I heard them mention it during the other concerts too, but like I said I never got the whole message. But later in the show Jon was so friendly to give us the information one more time (I guess he was very proud): Bon Jovi has had more #1 hits in Japan than the Beatles, and with this 14th tour in Japan they have played more stadiums in Japan than any other international band, they’ve even surpassed The Rolling Stones. So he thanked all the Japanese fans for their support and in particular ‘Mr. Udo’ (Japanese promoter I guess).
'I'd Die For You'
During one song, not sure which one it was, but I somehow think it might have been ‘The Story Of My Life’, Jon got right into Richie and David’s face like he was telling them what to do, at least that’s what the pictures look like. But in real life it actually looked very sweet and intimate, especially when Richie and Jon leaned their foreheads against each other looking each other right in the eyes while singing. If either of them did that to me I wouldn’t be able to continue singing like that, then again I never could sing like that anyway.
Jon telling Richie what to do
Jon telling David what to do
Tico always does his own thing and never gets told what to do
When Jon introduced the band during ‘Any Other Day’ again, he forgot all about Hugh and Tico again, and this time he even forgot to mention that he forgot them. At the start of ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ Jon and Richie like to countdown in Jon’s microphone together, which for some reason is something I really enjoy. Probably because they never seem to get it right immediately and their being all clumsy about it is just cute. And after ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ when Jon started singing ‘Dancing In The Streets’ Richie seemed genuinely surprised by what Jon was singing. Like Jon was enjoying himself so much with the ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ medley that he couldn’t help himself and add something extra to the mix on the spur of a moment. But this band is so good that they picked up on it instantly. Or it could just be that Richie had just put a new stick of chewing gum into his mouth and that it tasted like green tea or sushi or something.
'Make A Memory '
Some other things I noticed was that Richie has a new guitar belt with the Lost Highway logo on it. And at the end of Bad Medicine he likes to loudly imitate the sound of a horse (I think he did it at all 3 concerts) it must be something that songs brings out in him. Also Tico’s drum set has see-through versions of the Bon Jovi heart with the dagger through it and it keeps lighting up in different colors: very pretty. Jon stores his extra guitar picks on the bottom of his black ‘AP95’ (I’ve always wondered what that stands for) guitar. And when he changed during ‘These Days’ he put on the same grey shirt as last night (it must have buy-1-get-2 sale at the Uniqlo around the corner or something). Plus, I can’t believe I never noticed before that Jon’s maracas, which he always uses during Keep The Faith, are actually stuck together in some way. I am no longer that impressed by his ability to throw them high into the air and catch them together.
'Born To Be My Baby'
The stadium wasn’t nearly as full as last night, there weren’t even any people on the second floor and during the first Tokyo show that whole floor was full with dancing fans. Yet when Jon told the audience there was only one reason he came here tonight: “I need to hear 40,000 people scream” the screaming was insane (even though the bleachers seemed half-empty). Man, Tokyo can scream! The crowd was really lively and almost all the girls seemed to be copying Jon’s arm movements without noticing it themselves, so it kind of looked like synchronized swimming with arms in the air.
So basically it was another good show, although I am sad that the really rare songs that I’ve seen pop up at old Japanese set lists didn’t pop during these 3 concerts. Honestly, I was hoping against hope they might play ‘Always’ live, I think I’ve been hoping that ever since I started attending Bon Jovi shows in 1996. And they did it last tour in Osaka: I was so jealous! Perhaps they’ll do something special in Osaka again, without me.
Bye bye Bon Jovi, hope to see you in Europe!
The Tokyo Dome from my hotelroom: still emptying after the concert