GRAMMY Artists Revealed: Bon Jovi
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By Jamie Harvey
We were huddled under an umbrella wearing the absolute worst outfits for rain: me white and suede boots, and my friend in faux fur and heels. But the incessant drizzle couldn't stop the long line of fans braving the rain for a special chance to see Bon Jovi, one of rock's most universally loved artists.
Taking place on Dec. 1 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the event marked this year's installment of GRAMMY Artists Revealed, a series created by The Recording Academy in partnership with MasterCard Worldwide that provides music fans with a unique opportunity to see artists perform in an intimate setting.
I had never seen Bon Jovi before, and I couldn't help but revert back to my 10-year-old self as I listened to some of these songs. Rain, Bon Jovi and Slippery When Wet: The only thing missing was our meticulously styled '80s hair, which was ruined by the rain.
Once inside the Paramount Studios backlot, fans were treated to a rather intimate concert for such high-caliber GRAMMY-winning artists. After a stop at the red carpet, we nestled in the crowd as "You Give Love A Bad Name" began. Hearing this song live for the first time didn't feel real, even though I have probably heard it hundreds of times before. It sent me on this whole thought trajectory of how it must feel for Bon Jovi to perform a song that has become so ubiquitous.
I quickly learned that holding an umbrella at a rock show has its own set of dangers as "It's My Life" came on and a mini-umbrella mosh pit occurred between myself and neighboring bystanders. Plus, you just have to pump your fist for these songs, it's mandatory!
This show also reminded me of a recent event that made rain on this night fitting: Hurricane Sandy. As one of the most famous residents of New Jersey — the state hit hardest by the hurricane — Bon Jovi will be participating in fundraising efforts, including a concert at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, to benefit victims who lost their homes in the wake of the hurricane.
"Livin' On A Prayer" was a song the band didn't even need to sing as guitarist Richie Sambora showed off his skills while the crowd filled in the rest. "Bad Medicine" was perhaps the most energetic performance of the night, bringing the set to a close as we danced along.
An encore began with "Run Run Rudolph," a song Jon Bon Jovi identified as something to "put in your stocking." Closing with "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," the rain-soaked crowd couldn't be deterred, and neither could Bon Jovi as he stomped through puddles of water onstage and shook the rain from his locks.
Thanking the crowd for being there for the band's first performance in a year, the members came forward to give a formal bow goodnight. And as soon as we parted, the rain stopped.
"You Give Love A Bad Name"
"Born To Be My Baby"
"We Weren't Born To Follow"
"It's My Life"
"Whole Lot Of Leavin'"
"Wanted Dead Or Alive"
"Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars"
"We Got It Goin' On"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"Livin' On A Prayer"
"Bad Medicine"/"Shout" (the Isley Brothers cover)
"Run Run Rudolph" (Chuck Berry cover)
"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
To catch Bon Jovi in a city near you, click here for tour dates.
(Jamie Harvey lives in Los Angeles and is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She has attended and written about more than 500 shows since 2007. You can follow her musical adventures at www.hardrockchick.com.)