Bon Jovi ‘New Jersey’ 30th Anniversary Release

Bon Jovi ‘New Jersey’ is about to get a make-over as part of the 30th anniversary of the release of the band’s first album and 13 songs left of the original album will be packaged into the new release.
‘New Jersey’ was Bon Jovi’s fourth album. Released in 1988 the album went to sell 18,000,000 copies worldwide.
When Bon Jovi ‘New Jersey’ was still a work in progress it was envisioned as a double album with the title ‘Sons Of Beaches’. The end project was cut back to the 12 track album released in 1988
The new record will include the 13 tracks not originally released on ‘New Jersey’ but considered for the ‘Sons of Beaches’ double album. The tracks will be released on the expanded version in their original demo form as they were never completed to final stages back in the day.
The expanded edition of ‘New Jersey’ will be released on June 27.

BON JOVI: New Jersey (Deluxe Edition) [2CD, digital]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
1. Lay Your Hands On Me
2. Bad Medicine
3. Born To Be My Baby
4. Living In Sin
5. Blood On Blood
6. Homebound Train
7. Wild Is The Wind
8. Ride Cowboy Ride
9. Stick To Your Guns
10. I’ll Be There For You
11. 99 In The Shade
12. Love For Sale

Bonus Tracks:
13. The Boys Are Back In Town (Cover of the Thin Lizzy classic; previously released on Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell compilation; released in the U.K. as a 12” single B-side)
14. Love Is War (B-side from Living In Sin single)
15. Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version; previously released as a b-side in Japan)

(** All tracks on DISC 2 are previously unreleased)
1. Homebound Train
2. Judgment Day
3. Full Moon High
4. Growin’ Up The Hard Way
5. Let’s Make It Baby
6. Love Hurts
7. Backdoor To Heaven
8. Now And Forever
9. Wild Is The Wind
10. Stick To Your Guns
11. House Of Fire
12. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
13. Diamond Ring

BON JOVI: New Jersey (Super Deluxe Edition) [boxed 2CD/DVD]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
Directed by Wayne Isham.
The original 1990 88-minute documentary of the band’s epic 16-month world tour in support of the NEW JERSEY album; includes rare backstage, on-the-road, and live concert footage.
First time released in the U.S. on DVD format

All directed by Wayne Isham
– Bad Medicine (1st Version)
– Born To Be My Baby
– I’ll Be There For You
– Lay Your Hands On Me
– Living In Sin
– Blood On Blood
– Bad Medicine (2nd Version)

REVIEW: Bon Jovi Live In Melbourne!

A wrap on Bon Jovi’s rocking Melbourne gig by Paul Cashmere.

Die-hard Bon Jovi fans will be keen to find out if the departure of founder Richie Sambora has had a negative effect. Sorry to say Sambora fan, no it hasn’t.

My concerns in heading along to see the Samboraless Bon Jovi for the first time was that the energy would not be there. Actually it was quite the opposite. The energy was back. The last tour three years ago lacked a spark that was probably the start of the Jon and Richie tension.

Without Richie, David Bryan takes on a much more prominent profile in the band. Previously relegated to the backbench of the live act, Bryan now has much higher profile.

This tour is much bigger and a lot better than the last. The stage is designed as a giant 1959 Buick Electra 225. The car was christened Sofia, in honour of the city of Sofia, Bulgaria where the tour started back in May.

The setlist covered the entire Bon Jovi career with songs from every album except for 1985’s 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit and 2000’s Crush. This band has sold 106.5 million albums worldwide so there are a lot of fans of a lot of songs and pleasing everyone is a seemingly impossible task.

The last three albums Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2009) and What About Now (2013) make up just over a third of the setlist and songs from the 21st century make up half the setlist so this isn’t a nostalgia tour. The band has new music and it fits comfortably with the past.

The real fan sing-along moments however came the 90s classic rock, the songs that the fans grew up with. Jon could take a backstep to the audience singing along to Bad Medicine. At a Bon Jovi show the audience takes over the anthem’s You Give Love A Bad Name and Living On A Prayer at every show anyway.

It was great to hear Runaway still in the set. The song dates back to the band’s first album in the big hair days of 1984. The nod to The Stones Jumping Jack Flash and the rock and roll medley featuring Isley Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis (with David Bryan on vocals) and Chuck Berry (a Christmas song for the season) paid homage to their forefathers of rock.

On Friday when he met media Jon talked about how the band has now been around for as long as people like Taylor Swift have been alive, so for that generation, they are like The Stones who have been around as long as the Bon Jovi band members have been alive. So it is all about perspective.

The setlist for Bon Jovi, December 7, 2013 at Etihad Stadium Melbourne was:

Main Set

  • That’s What The Water Made Me (from What About Now, 2013)
  • You Give Love A Bad Name (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
  • Raise Your Hands (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
  • Lost Highway (from Lost Highway, 2007)
  • Whole Lot Of Leavin’ (from Lost Highway, 2007)
  • It’s My Life (from Crush, 2000)
  • Because We Can (from What About Now, 2013)
  • What About Now (from What About Now, 2013)
  • We Got It Goin’ On (from Lost Highway, 2007)
  • Keep The Faith (from Keep The Faith, 1992)
  • (You Want To) Make A Memory (from Lost Highway, 2007)
  • Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars (from Crush, 2000)
  • Born To Be My Baby (from New Jersey, 1998)
  • We Weren’t Born To Follow (from The Circle, 2009)
  • We Say You Can’t Go Home (from Have A Nice Day, 2005)
  • I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead / Jumping Jack Flash (from Keep The Faith, 1992 / Stones cover)
  • Bad Medicine / Shout / Great Balls Of Fire / Run Run Rudolph (from New Jersey, 1998, Isley Bros / Jerry Lee Lewis / Chuck Berry)
  • In These Arms (from Keep The Faith, 1992)
  • Runaway (from Bon Jovi, 1984)
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
  • Have A Nice Day (from Have A Nice Day, 2005)
  • Livin’ On A Prayer (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
Remaining Bon Jovi dates are:
  • 12/08 – Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 12/11 – Adelaide – AAMI Stadium
  • 12/12 – Perth – Perth Arena
  • 12/14 – Sydney – ANZ Stadium
  • 12/15 – Sydney – Entertainment Centre
  • 12/17 – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium

Bon Jovi Announce World Tour!

BON JOVI, after all these years are back doing gigs inside massive sized arenas. Why? Because they can. The band have announced a world tour and Australia will be part of it. The tour has been branded The Because We Can World Tour. I’m sure our local arenas will be filled to absolute capacity as Aussie fans love them some good old Jovi!