Monthly Archives: June 2009

Livin' on a Prayer

Oh, hi. It’s me. Obviously I haven’t had much time to devote to the old blog lately. It’s summer, by the way, officially. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the happenings of last Thursday night. Also known as Summerfest opening night, or the day I went to the Bon Jovi concert. That’s right, my friends, Bon Jovi. The man who’s New Jerseyalbum cassette tape insert I would bring to school in the 6th grade. Because I could not survive one day apart from dear John, and could not go one recess on the playground without kissing him. Oh, that trench coat was so sexy. And the long flowing hair. And the smile. I was ob.sessed.

Lucky for me, my aunt and uncle once again purchased season passes for the Marcus Amphitheatre this year. Also lucky for me, they are super kind and generous. My aunt Beth invited me and two of my cousins to go to the concert, and bask in the spoils of being a VIP at Summerfest.

First up, the Captain’s Deck. Located above Louise’s on the south end of Summerfest overlooking the lake, the fun began. We staked out a table and the free drinks started flowing. Here we are enjoying the moment:

Kelly, Amy, and Beth

Me, Kelly, and Amy

The people watching was fab from our aerial vantage point. We partook in the free Saz’s buffet at 4:00, as well as the free ice cream treats. It was also during this time that we first heard the news about Michael Jackson, and it will be forever etched in my mind as a “where were you when…”

Around 7:30 we made our way over to the Marcus. The opening act was playing, but since none of us had heard of them before, we headed over to the VIP beer garden. Here we were given more free drink tickets, as well as exclusive access to private, air conditioned port-o-potty trailers. That’s right, we even got private bathrooms. We had a drink or two, and it was time for Bon Jovi.

We headed to our 12th row seats just as he was taking the stage. When we reached our seats, we promptly hyperventilated because John was right there. Oh lord have mercy, let me tell you something. The man is 47, and he’s still got it. The second song was You Give Love a Bad Name, and the crowd was pumped. The digital zoom on my camera sucks, but this is a pretty good representation of our proximity.

The show was awesome. John and Richie had some moments:

They played pretty much all of the older hits, as well as some new stuff. I liked all of the newer songs they played even though I didn’t know some of them. When it comes down to it, I think he just knows how to put on a show. They ended the encore with Livin’ on a Prayer, and the crowd was going nuts. It was the most fun I can remember having at a concert in a long time.

After being so spoiled with the VIP treatment, I don’t know if I really care to go to Summerfest the “normal” way. We are going out of town for the weekend, so I don’t know if we will get down there or not, but I am completely satisfied with my Summerfest experience already this year. Thanks John, for rockin’ the house.


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