2017 | Bon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale

Bon Jovi, a household name which hardly requires an introduction, embarked on their 2017 tour dubbed This House Is Not For Sale. The band performed in San Diego on March 5, 2017 at the Viejas Arena. On the stage a black backdrop was incorporated, creating a simple stage setup with the focus revolving around just the band. One accent added were the multiple fluorescent white stage lights which flashed onto the stage and out into the audience covering the guests in waves of shining light, adding to the rock and roll musicality of the atmosphere. In all black, yet each individually unique rocker attire, all the band members conjured the crowd up to their feet with one of their most noteworthy songs “Shot Through the Heart.” Towards the last lines of the song, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi paused, stretching his hands up into the air and allowed the audience to belt out the last lines together.

Although the band may be lacking their wild and long locks they claimed back in the 1980s, certainly they do not lack in maintaining an electrifying stage persona. Jon Bon Jovi commanded the microphone jamming alongside fellow bandmates and clearly soaking up the energy by even throwing in his own dance moves. After his first few songs, Jon Bon Jovi took a short break expressing his gratitude in being back in San Diego after quite some time. Next, the group played “Lost Highway,” a song from one of their later albums. During the tune, the staging became a bit calmer with soft orange lights illuminating the platform as he strummed on a black acoustic guitar. After the stage went dark for a song change to “Born to Follow,” Jon Bon Jovi reemerged to take a moment to introduce a few members in the band: Tico Torres on the drums, on bass guitar Hugh McDonald who was a studio musician for the Runaway album, and the new face of a percussionist from New York. Even though the band is not composed of all original members, the current mix still created a flowing sound no less authentic than the originals. Following the song he took a moment to inform audiences about the 17th album they created: This House Is Not For Sale which came out an extensive 34 years after their first album debuted in 1983. Continuing, he revealed that their new single “Rollercoaster” reached a spot in the top songs chart.

Overall, the recognition moment for the band seemed like an ultimate celebration. Not only did Bon Jovi gain the opportunity to once again tour and showcase a new album, but after multiple decades their songs are still reaching the stars on music charts. Jon Bovi Jovi did not simply thank audiences for coming out, but delivered an emotional message of the band’s gratefulness that their music is still listened to and cherished by multiple generations. He gave recognition to the the fans as the ones who grant them opportunities to continue making music. Closing the show, Bon Jovi concluded with the hit “Livin’ On a Prayer” filling the auditorium with Jon Bon Jovi’s powerful voice, the recognizable melody from the instruments you can’t help but sing along to, and the audience’s voices once again screaming in unison to the timeless song. Unfortunately, the This House Is Not For Sale Tour ended in North America but the Europe, Japan, and Australia portion will continue through July of next year.

Bon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale | Set List:

  1. This House is Not For Sale
  2. Knockout
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Whole Lot of Leavin’
  5. Lost Highway
  6. Rollercoaster
  7. We Weren’t Born to Follow
  8. We Got It Goin’ On
  9. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
  10. Who Says You Can’t Go Home
  11. It’s My Life
  12. We Don’t Run
  13. God Bless This Mess
  14. Scars on This Guitar
  15. Devils in the Temple
  16. Lay Your Hands On Me
  17. Born to be My Baby
  18. Have a Nice Day
  19. Bad Medicine
  20. Keep the Faith
  21. I Got the Girl
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive
  23. Livin’ On A Prayer

This House Is Not for Sale | Tour Dates:

DATE                                                 CITY                           VENUE
Wednesday, February 8, 2017    Greenville, SC             Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Friday, February 10, 2017           Atlanta, GA                  Philips Arena
Sunday, February 12, 2017         Sunrise, FL                  BB&T Center
Tuesday, February 14, 2017       Tampa, FL                    Amalie Arena
Thursday, February 16, 2017      Birmingham, AL        BJCC
Saturday, February 18, 2017       Nashville, TN              Bridgestone Arena
Sunday, February 19, 2017         St. Louis, MO               Scottrade Center
Tuesday, February 21, 2017        Oklahoma City, OK     Chesapeake Energy Center
Thursday, February 23, 2017       Dallas, TX                    American Airlines Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017        Las Vegas, NV            T-Mobile Arena
Tuesday, February 28, 2017        Sacramento, CA         Golden 1 Center
Wednesday, March 1, 2017         San Jose, CA                 SAP Center
Saturday, March 4, 2017              Phoenix, AZ                Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sunday, March 5, 2017                San Diego, CA           Viejas Arena
Wednesday, March 8, 2017          Los Angeles, CA         The Forum
Tuesday, March 14, 2017             Denver, CO                  Pepsi Center
Thursday, March 16, 2017            Memphis, TN             FedExForum
Saturday, March 18, 2017            Columbus, OH            Nationwide Arena
Sunday, March 19, 2017              Cleveland, OH             Quicken Loans Arena
Wednesday, March 22, 2017       Indianapolis, IN         Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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img_1466-1.pngCathleen Meyer | Writing Contributor
B.A. | Communications | Cal State Univ – San Marcos
Cathleen is a college student who places an importance on being active and is an old soul at heart. Her music taste is a jumble of different artists with favorites like ABBA, Def Leppard, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac. When it comes to movies, musicals and 80s are her first choice. Cathleen wrote for her school newspaper for two years in high school and since then has participated in a government and human resources internship. She enjoys delving into a good book whenever possible, with time period pieces being her favorite type of literature to explore. Being a Disney fan since birth, her favorite time is spent with her family at the happiest place on Earth. A personal hobby of Cathleen’s since she was young, is hairstyling and makeup. Once she completes college, she plans to attend Paul Mitchell Beauty School to follow her passion. Cathleen hopes to apply her communication and literature degree to a variety of career paths most importantly including public relations. | Instagram @Cat17CatView My Blogs 

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