March 30, 2011

It Feels Like Home Vancouver Round #2

Vancouver, BC CANADA March 26th 2011

I want to take this time to thank you all very much for your kindness, support and friendship…

So, this is it… the best show of my life. Where it all came together for an amazing, unforgettable night. As if last show, and what went on after that (ha!) was not unbelievable enough!

I get to my seat, God bless the last minute tickets! To find a beautiful view in front of me… because I had to, I just had to be first row in my city babe! After our signs to “Something to Believe In” and “These Days” I thought I’d just hold both the whole show… and see what would happen!
The show started from the back with “Last Man Standing” and Jon opened with a speech to welcome the Round #2 announcing there were lots of different songs to the set list, and pointing to my These Days sign I was holding. Oh yeah! At least I knew they’d play one of the songs! Ha… Welcome to Round Number Two Vancouver!

Well the show went on to have a great set; “Raise Your Hands” ,“Captain Crash”, “Livin’in Sin” and “Squeeze Box”… The speech of Bad Medicine was one of the craziest I’ve ever seen, if you need someone to get you in trouble babe, I am right here! Just Saying… but I believe he can manage this on his own.

Well as perfect as everything was going, it was the encore that took my breath away and was the perfect finale of fourteen amazing shows in the couple last years, as I held my “Something to Believe In” sign the song started and I couldn’t help but say “Thank You” about a million times…one of my absolute favorite Bon Jovi songs being played in front of my eyes, crying is an understatement, I sang it with all my heart and soul every single word to it…the eyebrow wiggle and look I got by the end of the song was just the last shot, the following song was “Wanted Dead or Alive” and I am happy I could look at Jon, thank him and get a nod, yet again… thank you Jon!

It Freaking Happened!!! Something to Believe In!

Well and then, my favorite song, that I kept missing this tour, “These Days” which for me has the most killer beginning of any Bon Jovi song, that keyboard notes take me high and my heart just goes with it, to top it off someone threw on stage a Canucks Hockey Shirt and the arena came down when Jon put the shirt on…it was beautiful and so emotional to hear this song on my very last show, the song that got me to know Bon Jovi, my very first album, my very first love…the most special lyrics. Sigh… well, no…it’s not over yet, Jon came walking to our direction and stared at me… and I lost my mind on “Jimmy jumped” when he takes a jump right in front of me and stares just to find my hand reaching out to him and he, the amazing self he is… reaches down and touches it back. No need to say this is and will always be my very best song! The Oooohh Oooohhh at the back was something I had never experienced and I wish I could say I don’t have tears running down my face as I write these words. Click On: These Days

Well the show ended with Livin’on a Prayer and with a video of the Bon Jovi crew partying in Vegas, Jon thought it was funny and was laughing through it, a surprise for the “Big Guy” on the last show of this leg of the tour

This was my last show this tour and probably for a while, but I couldn’t help but smile when the lights went on. For every show, every touch, every song, for every little piece of memory…I am just thankful. My heart is filled with love for the best band in the world, and I am so, very happy to have had the chance of meeting Jon, Richie, Tico and Dave, for the pictures, the words I said to them (even if stumble ones), the friends I made along the way and the countless nights of fun! Thank you BON JOVI, for your lyrics, your amazing shows and for touching so many lives. Jon, I still hope someday, if I ever meet you again I will get my words together to tell you you’ve written the soundtracks of my life. This tour could not have come to an end any other way. Until we meet again… my love goes out to you!

See you on the Road! You know I’ll always come back for more love.

Setlist: Last Man Standing / You Give Love A Bad Name / Born To Be My Baby / We Weren't Born To Follow / Lost Highway / Whole Lot Of Leavin' / It's My Life / Runaway / Raise Your Hands / We Got it Going On / Bad Medicine / Hot Legs [Rod Stewart cover] / Lay Your Hands on Me [Richie Sambora on lead vocals] / (You Want To) Make A Memory / Living In Sin / Chapel Of Love [Dixie Cups cover] / Squeeze Box [The Who cover/acoustic] / Someday I'll Be Saturday Night [acoustic] / Who Says You Can't Go Home / Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen from Mars / Work For The Working Man / Have A Nice Day / Keep The Faith

Encore: Something To Believe In / Wanted Dead Or Alive / These Days / Livin' On A Prayer

Ps. Shout out to Leticia that flew North for, I believe I have the right to say, one of the best weekends of her life! Thanks for being there for me with the cheap wine! Teale that I finally met, you’re a sweetheart and I hope to see you again soon and to Cassia, my partner in crime… “You and me, we are invincible together”.

Thank You God. <3

March 28, 2011

It Feels Like Home Vancouver Round #1

Vancouver, BC CANADA March 25th 2011

“A lot of history in this beautiful town… a lot of history”

I think I’ve never been this emotional for a show in my life, maybe my very first one, if so. I’ve been all over the place to see Bon Jovi, and this was the first time they came to me, to my streets, my world…and there really isn’t anything like HOME!

Vancouver is the city of Slippery When Wet and Keep The Faith… it’s the city of Livin’on a Prayer, it had to be special. It just…had to be.

I guess listening to the sound check was a hint of what there was to come… I can’t explain how amazing it was to listen to the band playing Love’s the Only Rule, Richie doing solos with his new guitar and Mystery Train… yeah…I said Mystery Train. Dream come true!

After the backstage tour, we went back to our seats and I had brought about a hundred “Something to Believe In” signs, to my surprise, someone else had brought the other song I was going to ask “These Days” so we just placed all the signs in every chair inside the pit…*big thanks to everyone that helped the request to be granted!

Well, I, of course also had my Canada Flag that came with me to every Canadian show this tour, from east to west I carried this flag with me to show the band… and little did I know…

Now…one thing at the time! Jon made the most gorgeous speech about Vancouver and I had tears in my eyes and warmth in my heart every time, “I will always have a soft spot for this city” and how much this city meant to the band… for me? Just priceless!

Love's The Only Rule had the most gorgeous opening... and it was touching to see the Japanese fans holding their "Pray for Japan"signs up when Jon says "My Japanese love goes out to you", I did, however missed Jon coming down to the circle... I guess I'll have to smooch you some other time Jonny!

Between a holly good seat, speeches, songs, tears, a kicking set list, it was a really amazing night… Mistery Train acoustic in front of my eyes brought me to tears as well as Bed of Roses touching Jon’s hand… and a Richie’s high five before Love for Sale… I need to say that, one of the things I love the most about Bon Jovi, is how they have so much one on one contact with their fans, anywhere, in every show, everyone can have their own small moment with the band that means the world to them…

Click On: Mystery Train

Like, when the band took my flag that my I asked my friend to throw on stage for me, and open it in front of a stage full of people, and you just stand there, numb, crying…and with a state of happiness that takes over you, a special moment that no one can ever take it away from me, the band of my life playing in the city I love the most holding my flag… I still haven’t cried it all out yet.  Click On: The Band Holdin My Flag!

That was the best “Always” of my life afterwards, one that I meant every word… “I will, indeed, always love you”

As I walked out of the arena, the pit was filled with wishes of songs and with my flag around me, I could only wish… that my last show this tour, would bring me Something to Believe in… sigh…

ps. Shout out to my friend Marina for her very first Bon Jovi show! You should come back for more babe... ya know Jon likes the view of you! Ha!

Setlist: Blood On Blood / You Give Love A Bad Name / Born To Be My Baby / We Weren't Born To Follow / Lost Highway / When We Were Beautiful / It's My Life / Runaway / The More Things Change / We Got it Going On / Bad Medicine / Oh, Pretty Woman / Lay Your Hands On Me [Richie Sambora on lead vocals] / Bed Of Roses / I'll Be There For You / Mystery Train [acoustic] / Love For Sale / Who Says You Can't Go Home / I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Start Me Up [Rolling Stones cover] / Blaze Of Glory / Love's The Only Rule / Keep The Faith

Encore: Have A Nice Day / Wanted Dead Or Alive / Livin' On A Prayer / Always

And last, but not least... some shots from the backstage tour!