Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

Legendary rock band proves it still has what it takes to enthral a crowd

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

Photos: Singapore Grand Prix / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

After two nights with the Padang stage featuring relatively young acts — Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 — rock legend Bon Jovi took over on Sunday night to close this year’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix concerts, proving that old is still gold.

The band made a stop in Singapore as part of its Bon Jovi Live! tour in support of its 13th studio album, Burning Bridges, released in August. This series of concerts kicked off in Jakarta on September 11, was followed by a hastily added show in Bangkok for September 15, and will head to Seoul, Macau, Taipei, Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv next. Bon Jovi’s last concert in Singapore was in 1995, as part of its These Days tour.

After Sebastian Vettel won the race for team Ferrari, Bon Jovi frontman, guitarist and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi bounded on stage at 10.30 pm, opening the show with ‘That’s What the Water Made Me.’ He was backed up by David Bryan on keys and Tico Torres on drums, as well as bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarists Phil X and Matt O’Ree.

The six musicians were dressed all in black, with nothing to detract from the vocals and stage presence, and we sure wish we’d look just as good in leather pants at 53 as Bon Jovi does (heck, make that 33.) The equatorial weather made sure everyone on stage was drenched in perspiration before the second song.

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Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

The band moved on to one of its classic hits, ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ before getting the crowd moving to ‘Raise Your Hands.’ After the song ended, Bon Jovi gestured towards the F1 race track and said, “I wish I had one of those cars to drive around in (New) Jersey. I don’t know, maybe Ferrari will give me one.”

Throughout the set, the band cycled between new tunes and old favourites, with ‘We Don’t Run’ off the new album preceding the millennial’s anthem of teenage angst, ‘It’s My Life.’

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Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

After Bon Jovi performed a tender acoustic version of ‘Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night,’ the guitarist Phil X met with a technical glitch: When it got to his solo during ‘Wanted Dead or Alive,’ the sound went from alive to dead.

Bon Jovi called a time-out. “No no no, that's far too famous a guitar solo for it to go with a broken amplifier,” he said onstage. While waiting for his bandmate to get wired up, he went on: “The guitar techs are gonna have a long walk back to America.” But it was all settled, and after the band members counted themselves in the concert was back on track.

Bon Jovi himself took up a pair of maracas for ‘Keep the Faith,’ but his face betrayed the strain of trying to hit the high notes in the chorus. David got to a chance to shine with a keyboard solo, which was followed by a guitar battle between Phil X and Matt.

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Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

During ‘Bad Medicine,’ one of the band’s earlier hits, Bon Jovi ventured into the crowd for a round of handshakes. And after a minute’s break at 11.45 pm to change out of his long-sleeved top, the lead singer led his band back onstage wearing a sleeveless one. (Showing skin seems to be the trend this F1 — see Maroon 5’s lead singer, Adam Levine.)

Bon Jovi performed two more songs before launching into the show’s finale, its 1986 classic ‘Living On a Prayer.’ The frontman started out with an acoustic verse and chorus, and then ramped it up with the original version, ending the night with a rousing tune everyone could sing along to.

The band belted, danced and powered through the last concert of this year’s Singapore Grand Prix, but with 32 years of recording and performing experience under its belt, keeping the energy up for more than an hour and half was as easy as pie.

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz
21 Sep 2015

Bon Jovi closes F1 concerts with electricity and pizzaz

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