Alrighty well let's start at the beginning! I entered a contest on ELLE Magazine's website and they were awesome enough to send me a ticket :) Naturally I was SUPER excited, because uh, it's freaking BON JOVI!
I grew up with them, I have so many memories with my family that include Bon Jovi and I couldn't believe I was going to get to see them LIVE!
So on concert day, my hubby and I made our way to Century City in Cape Town to make use of the Park and Ride, because thanks to the SATAWU strike, transport was going to be a problem..
Firstly, I've never used a Park and Ride, and it really wasn't clearly marked, we had to ask a bunch of people where it actually was... so tip #1 Big Concerts: SIGNAGE! We parked, and jumped on a "shuttle" - which was really a good old South African taxi, gotta be honest, I was a little scared :D but it was fine, and it was a good experience, and made me appreciate my car and the fact that I don't have to do that everyday! Next came the train station, we waited about 20 minutes for the train at Century City Station, and what I was expecting was very different to the reality. The station was clean, we didn't queue for ever, the tickets were R8.00 and we really had no issues. Even outside on the platform, you can tell the station is being properly maintained, clean and looks pretty good. Arrival at Cape Town station on the other hand was CHAOS! Fans didn't really know where to go and we kind of just walked towards the stadium, luckily... eventually, there were police that helped us cross the busy roads and after a lovely (NOT!) approximately 3 km walk, we got to the stadium. Let me tell you, it's a freakin far walk, I could've done with it! Entry to the stadium was a breeze, quickly through the gates, bought a R20 coke (haha, utter madness) and into the general standing area which wasn't even full.
We were in and relaxing at about 6 pm . and then it REALLY hit me! Holy shit I'm going to see Bon Jovi. You may think I got a tad OVER-excited, but I'm a music fanatic, and these guys really have a special place in my history :)
The lights eventually went down and Mark Haze took the stage ... with a BANG! It was just rock and freakin roll through his whole set and his voice literally gave me goosebumps! My husband and I both looked at each other and said 'Wow he kinda sounds like Judas Priest' :D I was super impressed! In my opinion, he would've been successful even without the help of Idols :P I'm definitely a new fan!
After which, Elvis Blue came on, and while very talented and clearly an excellent songwriter, I didn't feel he was right for this kind of concert. I just kept wishing for it to end and I was SO bored.. he totally killed the buzz that Mark Haze brought to the stadium... but won't harp on it, others seemed to enjoy him :)
Then we waited... and waited, and after about 40 minutes, the stadium went dark and Bon Jovi took the stage. The girls around me went NUTS, it was so epic!! They played a couple of new songs that I wasn't too familiar with but really enjoyed. It is Bon Jovi after all and I've yet to hear a shitty song from them :) I went through so many emotions during the show, songs that brought back memories from when I was growing up and there were so many good times (my parents have since divorced so the happy memories really are special to me, and they almost all include music, especially Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses and other awesome bands I was raised on). When Bed of Roses started I was finished, I totally broke down and SOBBED, not a tear here and there, I SOBBED like a baby, and then I phoned me dad so he could hear it over the phone :) It was very special, and I'm getting teary again just writing about it :) They went through all their classics and it was just awesome, I sang my heart out and screamed like a teenage fan girl!! It was a once in a life time experience :)
I've heard a few complaints about the sound, but I honestly can't agree with them, I thought it was awesome. Bon Jovi really are rock legends and the whole mission was totally worth it. I wouldn't walk 6 km's to a stadium for any other band! Really and truly one of the greatest concerts of my life, I've seen Bryan Adams, Michael Buble and Janet Jackson but I've gotta put them in the following order of awesomeness, although I enjoyed them all tremendously:
1. Bon Jovi2. Bryan Adams3. Michael Buble4. Janet Jackson
If you have tickets for Joburg, enjoy the hell out if, Bon Jovi still kicks ass!
Thanks to ELLE and Big Concerts for the tickets and thank you to Bon Jovi for giving us 2 and a half hours of pure awesomeness!
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