Bon Jovi kicked off its This House Is Not For Sale tour on Wednesday night March 14 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Fans in Denver have been waiting a year to see the band after the initial tour date that was scheduled got canceled because of illness and date routing challenges.
Supporting the show was a local based band Patti Fiasco, which won a contest to open for Bon Jovi last April. The female fronted band played a short energized set of rock and roll with the added dose of rockabilly and blues. The band was very excited to play for their hometown fans and gracious for the opportunity to have the band exposed on such a big stage.
If are one of the Bon Jovi fans that wanted to hear the new material, you were treated to a few songs in the front end of the set. Bon Jovi opened the show with “This House Is Not For Sale” followed by “Knockout”. After a few other hits, they played the opening track “When We Were Us” from their current release This House Is Not For Sale which landed back on the Billboard charts a couple weeks ago after a re-release.
Off course the majority of the fans wanted to hear the big 80’s and 90’s hits and for the most part they got that. “You Give Love A Bad Name” got played early in the set and “It’s My Life” got played in the middle. It was nice to see a number of songs from 1988’s New Jersey make it in the setlist. “Born To Be My Baby” sounded great and made an appearance in the front half of the set and the anthem “Lay Your Hands On Me” and hit “Bad Medicine” closed out the almost two and a half hour show.
Even if Bon Jovi’s latest music has struggled with relevance, the band fronted by the man who just turned 56 years old and soon to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in April, still has sounds great and continues to sell out arenas around the world.
Review and photos by Jason Bullinger