Bon Jovi at Isle of Wight Festival 2013 review

'An explosive finale to an incredible weekend'

Bon Jovi at Isle of Wight Festival 2013 review

Photographer:Trevor Eales

Francesca Perry - 17 June 2013

The final headliner and the act that crowds have been bracing themselves for all weekend, a lot of pressure is upon Bon Jovi to perform. But perform they do, and how exceptionally well tonight (June 16).

Arriving in style, aboard a helicopter, team Bon Jovi gave the crowd an anticipating wait as they catch glimpses of the set, dominated by an image of a giant Cadillac frontage. Before the music has even begun the crowds at Isle of Wight Festival feel assured of an unforgettable night ahead.                                            

With a career spanning three decades, New Jersey rock legends Bon Jovi don’t seem ready to leave the bright lights of stardom yet. With a performance that, as promised, lasted close to three hours, it was frontman Jon Bon Jovi who wowed and wooed festival-goers. As the sun began to dip, the stage erupted into light, and a deafening roar from the crowd echoed throughout the arena.

The veteran rockers waste no time whipping the crowd up into frenzy, opening the set with, ‘That’s What the Water Made Me’, a track from their new album ‘What About Now’, and following that with the scorned romantic classic ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’.

The enigmatic frontman, sporting a USA inspired jacket, shows his appreciation towards the crowd, thanking them for their company, before encouraging thousands to 'Raise Your Hands’, as the classic rock tune kicks in.

Tearing through a selection of their greatest hits, such as ‘Bed of Roses’, ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘It’s My Life’, the band prompted crowd pandemonium. Plenty of enthusiastic crowd participation proved that the veterans still have it, and their love of performing hasn’t waned.

A snippet of new material was sampled alongside triumphant covers of both The Rolling Stones and John Fogerty, performed with typical vigour.

Thank you for thirty years of your kindness, your friendship, your support and your patience through our ups and downs.” Jon Bon says in a sentimental moment, before bursting into their now notorious calling card - ‘Wanted Dead or Alive'.

Feeding off the energy from the fans, the band performed a spectacularly exhilarating encore, with favourites, ‘Always’ and ‘Have a Nice Day’.


This outstanding performance ended with a raucous rendition of ‘Living On A Prayer’, sung with an accompanying choir of 50,000 fans. Ending as the audience screamed for more, a remarkable firework display drew a close to a wonderful weekend on the Isle of Wight.

Bon Jovi at Isle of Wight Festival setlist:

That's What The Water Made Me
You Give Love a Bad Name
Raise Your Hands
Born to Be My Baby
Lost Highway
It's My Life
Because We Can
What About Now
We Got It Goin' On
Keep the Faith
In These Arms
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
We Weren't Born to Follow
Who Says You Can't Go Home
Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / Start Me Up
Bad Medicine
Wanted Dead or Alive

Have a Nice Day
Livin' on a Prayer

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