Bon Jovi Rocked a Packed Xcel Energy Center

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

If you were fortunate enough to make it to the Xcel Energy Center to see Bon Jovi on Monday, March 27th, you know that they still put on a fantastic live show!  Their Twin Cities stop on their recent "This Home Is Not For Sale" tour was packed!  There was no back on the stage, and even that area was full of people.  The traffic was hectic and once I got into the venue, there was a ton of people waiting in lines excited to get in.

Local band Step Rockets was chosen to open the show.  I say chosen because there is a contest at each of the tour stops and one local band is chosen to open the show.  I hadn't heard of them before, which is surprising since they are local, but I could certainly see why they were chosen.  The set wasn't too long, but Step Rockets made the best of the time they had.  We were allowed to photograph the entire set as well, which was pretty cool.  I could tell they were really excited and happy to be on that stage!  Step Rockets were a great choice to open up the show and I'm sure I'll be seeing more of them in the future.

As I waited out by the main gate to be escorted in to photograph Bon Jovi, I watched as the lines at the food and beer places got smaller and heard the crowd getting louder each minute inside.  We shot the first song from the soundboard area, which was really challenging with the equipment I have.  Once the lights went down the crowd stood up and the place erupted with cheering and screams.  Bon Jovi started out with a movie on a transparent screen that included images of traveling the country that turned into Twin Cities landmarks and eventually showing the outside of the Xcel Center.  Lines morphed into tree roots that then turned into a house.  The band could be seen behind the screen and it looked like they were playing in the windows and the front door.  It was a pretty cool way to open up the show.  As a photographer, I only got the first two songs, but that was enough to get some pretty cool photos.  It went really fast and before I knew it, I was back out at the main gate.  I could hear them playing "You Give Love a Bad Name" as I was packing up and walking out.  From what I heard, they went strong throughout the entire set!  Bon Jovi put on a strong show and I'm sure everyone is already looking forward to the next time they stop in the Twin Cities!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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