American band Bon Jovi rocked a crowd of more than 30,000 fans at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, writes Rhona Ganguly.
With all the favourites from Living On A Prayer, Always and Bad Medicine the stars proved just why they are one of the world’s biggest bands.
The start of the Lost Highway tour with appearances in Southampton, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London, Bon Jovi selected the Sky Blues home for their Midland stop.
Bon Jovi had worked hard to get where they are today progressing from playing small clubs after forming in 1983 to selling more than 120 million albums and performing at stadiums and arenas around the world. Their last visit to the Midlands was in 2006, but this year they boasted a new stage set consisting of a number of high definition screens.
Guitarist Richie Sambora said: “They come together, they move apart, they turn into a Venetian blind. It’s pretty amazing. Everybody who has seen it so far says ‘wow, how the heck did that happen'. I think we enjoy playing the event-sized stuff now.”
Warwickshire band richlife from Kineton supported the band. They were featured in a 30-minute slot after winning Coventry Radio Mercia’s Battle Of The Bands competition.
Bon Jovi were also supported by The Feeling who warmed up the crowd after the gates opened at 4pm.
For the first hour the weather was on their side but when the rain did come it did not dampen the spirits of those in the arena where the atmosphere was electric.
Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi proved he still has the ability to make all the women in the room swoon as he looked in their direction while every man wanted to be him.