But if you close your eyes…

Continuing British Music Week, here’s a short (but hopefully sweet) review of last night’s Bastille show.

According to my review from the last September when we saw them for the first time, that show had also been on a Wednesday. I continue to find Wednesday night shows to be weird yet wonderful.

Opening band Grizfolk sounded like a cross between Kings of Leon and Imagine Dragons (oddly enough, I saw both bands earlier this year at separate shows…). They were somewhat mellow, yet also had some solid beats.

I thought there was supposed to be another opening band, but apparently not: Bastille went on at 8:30pm. I, for one, am not complaining, because last time, they went on at 10:15pm and it was very difficult to wake up the next morning.

Fact: Bastille is a very fun band. They’re bouncy and catchy and danceable. Dan – the singer – has a deeper voice than you would imagine from looking at his picture (he’s the guy beside the long haired guy aka the drummer) and, despite not being as chatty as some other frontmen, he’s still engaging. During “Flaws”, he ran around the ACC (the perimeter of the GA floor), while continuing to sing. In fact, he only faltered once and that – I found out this morning – was because a crazy fan grabbed his face and kissed him. Sidenote: it’s never cool to assault a musician, especially when they’re performing. And especially not with a kiss because they don’t know where your mouth has been – what if you have some sort of disease?!

During “Of the Night”, Dan also encouraged the crowd to dance along, claiming that he’s a bad dancer and needed everyone to help him out so he wouldn’t feel embarrassed. He’s not a terrible dancer, but his style involves more leaping around the stage than any actual dance moves.

They closed with “Pompeii”, which I absolutely love. I don’t know if it’s my favourite Bastille song or if it’s just because I get it stuck in my head for days and can’t stop singing it, but MAN, it’s the perfect song to get your body moving.

Shot through the heart and you’re to blame…

…YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME

I can’t start a Bon Jovi song without finishing at least the chorus.

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David, Richie, Jon, and Tico.

I refuse to use a picture without Richie, even though he’s technically out of the band (until he gets his act together! C’mon, RIchie, it’s not the same without you!)

Ro and I had been lamenting our lack of concerts for November (until the end of the month, at least), and we were also a little sad about missing Bon Jovi (we’ve gone pretty much every time they’re in town, but we couldn’t justify paying for tickets when we just saw them in February).

But then Ro’s friend Carrie hooked us up with FREE TICKETS (if you’re reading this, Carrie, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU). And this show marked a very special occasion in Ro’s life: it was her 10th Bon Jovi show ever! (and it was my 8th!).

Luckily, having been fans since childhood, neither of us were worried about lack of pre-concert preparedness i.e. we knew that we could sing along to roughly 90% of the songs they sang without going on a Bon Jovi binge beforehand.

This is the first Bon Jovi video I remember watching…approximately 10 years ago.

Bon Jovi celebrated their 17th show at the ACC on Saturday! So while we missed the ceremony (we were at Friday’s show), we were still part of their record-breaking weekend.

As I mentioned, my love/appreciation for Bon Jovi reaches back to my earliest childhood. You can’t grow up with two older sisters (one born in the mid-seventies, the other in the early-eighties) without hearing Bon Jovi at some point in your life. I don’t think it’s possible. And they are one of the bands that stayed with us (or I guess, that we stayed with) for a very long time.

On Friday, they went onstage just after 8pm and played two hours straight before taking a less-than-five-minutes-long break and coming back out for the encore. Their set included classics like “Bad Medicine”, “It’s My Life”, and (one of my personal favourites) “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night”, oldies that aren’t always played live (like the super 80s but still super good “Raise Your Hands”), and songs off their most recent album (i.e. “Because We Can”).

If you ever want to hear 19 000 people losing their minds in one shot, go to a Bon Jovi show and wait for “Livin’ on a Prayer”, preferably during the encore. The screaming-in-anticipation is enough to make you lose your hearing…if you still have any hearing to lose at that point.