Bon Jovi Chronicles

My mom at TGI Fridays sippin’ that drank.

Let’s just say my mom, Denise, is really cool. She’s the kinda mom who calls me to tell me she’s buzzed off of a sample coffee from the grocery store. She’s also the kind of mom who likes to win prizes from radio stations. In fact, my mom won two tickets to see Bon Jovi perform in Pittsburg yesterday. Her grand prize included two seats on a “party bus” and pretty decent seats at the show. Naturally I was intrigued, so I asked if she would write up a brief review of the story. She happily obliged, but I think it’s more than I bargained for. Here are the highlights, I bolded the most important parts:


I knew there was some great disappointment that Bon Jovi did not book a show in Cleveland, so the guys on the morning show waged a full out campaign to let Bon Jovi know we wanted them to come to Cleveland. That included an online petition, which I signed, and a great parody song. You see, I’m not the greatest Bon Jovi fan, I like them and loved Jon Bon Jovi in Ally McBeal, but I didn’t take it all too seriously. Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. on March 2, 1962. Gotta check out the official website:
I happened upon a contest for the last two seats on the Mix 106.5 party bus to Pittsburgh (Cleveland’s arch rival state) wherein they provided a word search puzzle (I’m the queen of word search puzzles) and you had to find hidden words to come up with five Bon Jovi song titles. Not sure why I entered in the first place .. I think it was just the thrill of TRYING TO WIN … so of course, I win, and then I find out the concert is the next day. I have about 24 hours to find someone to go with. My husband suggested the wife of a good friend of his, who he knew loved BON JOVI, and she happily accepted my invitation.THE BUS RIDE TO PITTSBURGH

We were allowed to bring anything we wanted to eat or drink on the bus. My friend stopped at Subway to pick up a couple Veggie Delights for us and a couple cookies. I provided the bottled water. I guess I planned to play it safe on this “party bus” after all, my partying days were long over and I was just hopeful to keep awake. They played Bon Jovi concert videos all the way to Pittsburgh. One group was having a little too much fun and they were getting loud and obnoxious. My friend and I wondered what condition they’d be in on the way home. I caught myself yawning a few times and reminded myself that this was a chance of a lifetime, to perk up, because I had a long night of fun ahead of me.


Wow, what can I say … he put on a great show. Opening with “Lost Highway”, the title track from his latest album and the tour’s name and then he asked the audience to all stand up … the next thing you heard was the booming “SHOT THROUGH THE HEART ….” Followed by, “AND YOU’RE TO BLAME, DARLING YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME” The crowed went wild and we were all dancing and singing together. It didn’t stop there. They played for 2 hours and 15 minutes with one encore. He worked the crowd, shaking hands, and he even showed up in one of the side sections to sing two slower songs, one was his new duet with Richie Sambora, (You want to) Make a Memory and the other “Bed of Roses”. He actually slow danced with a woman from the audience, there were hugs and kisses going on, more handshakes.

His play list included: Have a Nice Day, Runaway, Bad Medicine, Blaze of Glory, I’ll be There for You, Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin’ on a Prayer, Lay Your Hands on Me, It’s My Life, Who Says You Can’t Go Home, Born to be my Baby, I Love this Town, I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead, Never Say Goodbye, Raise Your Hands, boy I don’t know if I got them all …

At one point he started talking and then he said, “I won’t talk anymore, you came here to hear music and see me shake my ass!” The band was awesome …. For one of the songs, Richie played some kind of double guitar, now that’s some mad skills there, and there was this cute girl playing the violin which seemed to be incorporated in a lot of the songs.

We were going to try and ditch the people we were sitting near on the ride down, but looked like everyone had staked their seats with their belongings from the trip. We didn’t want to upset the apple cart (Editor note: WTF?) so we very politely went back to our seats. The group was quiet and tired out, it seemed. Why they had to show a movie on the way home was beyond me … it was so loud, but in spite of that, I think we managed to catch a few zzzz’s on the way home. All in all, I got 5 hours of sleep.

Had I not made such a big deal about it to everyone I worked with, I would have called in sick … I’m sitting here now trying to stay awake typing this review. It’s giving me some energy. Trying to function on 5 hours sleep in the last 33 hours so far is not easy for someone like me, who’s really seen better days when it comes to staying up late at night.

My mom is awesome, end of story.


4 responses to “Bon Jovi Chronicles

  1. What a tale! Go Denise! Go Bon Jovi!…even though mercedes doesnt like her songs…i think everyone else is a fan, how couldnt anybody be a fan with a playlist and concert energy as presented by Jon Bon Jovi? What an exciting opportunity…YUM!

  2. I am so jealous of your mother.

  3. wow…mrs a. sure knows how to get down. good for her! haha i miss that doll!!!

  4. Bon jovi lyrics Music – Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville

    Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, including 34 million in the United States alone.

    Bon Jovi formed in 1983 with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. Other than the departure of Alec John Such in 1994 (which pared the lineup down to a quartet), the lineup has remained the same for the past 25 years. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with Slippery When Wet (1986) and New Jersey (1988), which sold a combined 19 million copies in the U.S. alone, charted eight Top Ten hits (including four number one hits), and launched the band into global super stardom. After non-stop touring, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the double platinum Keep the Faith and has since created a string of platinum albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

    In 2006, the band won a Grammy for best Country Collaboration for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland and also became the first rock band to reach #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart with the same song. The band has also received multiple Grammy nominations for music from the albums Crush, Bounce, and Lost Highway.

    Throughout their career, the band has released ten studio albums, of which nine have gone platinum. In addition, the band has charted 19 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, four of which reached #1 (“You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Bad Medicine”, and “I’ll Be There for You”). The band also holds the record for the most weeks for a hard rock album at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Slippery When Wet, as well as the most Top 10 singles from a hard rock album, with New Jersey, which charted five such singles.

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