Debs and I met about 6 years ago, on a wedding-planning forum, and we clicked over a mutual love for Lindt chilli chocolate - started chatting via email, and have decided we are twins separated at birth, peas in a pod - we have so many similar interests, similar outlook on life, similar values - and after literally hundreds of emails between us, we finally met face-to-face this weekend - and Debs is just as lovely, sweet, caring and kind as she is in her emails. A beautiful, beautiful woman, inside and out. ♥
We went to Soccer City FNB stadium in Soweto in a Shuttle Bus - we were 5 girls going together, and then my brother and his girlfriend also came with us in the bus. It worked really well to go in a bus and not stress about traffic, parking, etc. The driver found a parking spot which was quite close to the road, but it meant that we had quite a bit of a walk to do to get to the stadium, but it was fine - adrenaline and excitement made us just go, go, go!
We got something to drink and found our seat, and had fun watching the thousands of people milling about. The first pre-show musician came on at around 7pm, I forget his name, and then after him it was Elvis Blue - I really like Elvis Blue's music, have been a fan of his since he was on Idols, really enjoyed his couple of songs he did.
And then it was the countdown to the big moment! The crowd was doing Mexican waves all around the stadium, was quite amazing to see and take part in. Suddenly the lights went out, and Jon Bon Jovi and his band exploded into "That's What The Water Made Me" - one of my favourite songs on his new CD!
Oh, how we screamed and sang and clapped and danced.
The concert was fantastic, amazing, awesome, wonderful, breath-taking. I love how he interacted with the crowd, telling us it's a bit chilly but he'll keep us warm, apologizing for taking so long to come back to South Africa, and sharing bits of info here and there, like counting down to 1983 when they became famous. And he said that he might not be as good looking as Justin Bieber, and he might not be able to dance like Justin Timberlake, but he's been around longer than the two of them put together, and he sure ain't going anywhere any time soon! Yay!
He even serenaded us with an awesome cover of Pretty Woman. Swoooooon!
(pic by Big Concert)
He did so many of my favourite songs - I adored "I'll be there for you", and "You want to make a memory", and "In these arms", and oh wow, "Bed of Roses" is just the ultimate love song. His new one "Because we can" is fantastic, and also loved the previous hits, "It's my life" and "Lost highway". Oh man, it was brilliant.
Jon Bon Jovi would just flash a gorgeous sexy smile every now and then, and the crowd would go absolutely wild. What a powerful feeling it must be, to be able to command a crowd of 70 000 people to stand up, to put their hands up in the air, and to have them singing along to all the songs.
(pic by Big Concert)
I am still on a high, still constantly thinking about how awesome the show was, listening to his songs over and over - I am a bigger fan than ever before!
Hope he comes to SA again soon - I'll be there for sure. ♥