August 21, 2000
London Wembley Stadium
Next time they're gonna need a bigger stadium...
So, these two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium are the last live shows to grace the twin towers before the bulldozers move in next year. Fitting then that the Lear jet riding soft-rock juggernaut that is Bon Jovi, still global kings of the stadium, should have the pleasure of seeing the park off with their mild metal and insane Gucci cowboy dress sense.
"They're gonna have to come through me first if they wanna knock this place down" screams Jon Bon as the band take to the immense stage and start thrashing out, wait for it, a cover of 'London Calling' by The Clash. The crowd love it while in the media box everyone reaches for their mobiles to call friends to share this moment of insanity. Next up is 'Livin' On A Prayer' and 'Keep The Faith' and the groaning to capacity stadium screams each time Richie Sambora hits a solo.
See Bon Jovi are the ultimate in electric entertainment. Impossibly glossy and impossibly naff, but while Travis headline V2000 at Chemlsford we are treated to Hollywood Rock 'N Roll. Quite literally, actually, as superstar Bruce Willis staggers onto the stage to play guitar and sing backing vocals with Jon on 'Twist And Shout'.
In a quiet moment Jon Bon Jovi is in danger of testifying MC5 / James Brown style as he preaches "There are no sins in the church of Rock 'N Roll, all you gotta do is believe", and plays out with the insane, bloated ego maniac ballad 'Wanted: Dead Or Alive'.
Tonight was a blue flame example of the power of music not to move you, or stimulate your mind or offer any artistic profundity, but to purely entertain. Next time they're gonna need a bigger stadium.
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