A few words of advice for the Bon Jovi clan: Ritchie, quit trying to be Stevie Ray Vaughan. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. So enough already. Tico, quit smoking in front of the kids so much. David, get a damn haircut already. And Jon, you ain't no Garth Brooks, my man. I knew Garth Brooks and.......ah, never mind. So what the hell am I talking about? I'm talking about the fact that the kings of arena pop-rock have gone and turned themselves into goddamn cowboys — and on steel horses they ride.
Riding on the success of the countrified remake of their 2006 single, "Who Says You Can't Go Home," a duet with Jennifer Nettles that reached #1 on the U.S. country music chart that same year, Bon Jovi done picked up and moved to Nashville to record an entire album's worth of countrified tunes. And as it turned out, this was exactly what the world had been waiting for. Lost Highway debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the band's first album to do so. The following year they recorded and released the accompanying concert DVD, Bon Jovi Lost Highway: The Concert, where they performed the new album in its entirety.
Now we have another new Bon Jovi concert DVD, and a proper one at that, recorded on July 14th and 15th, 2008 at Madison Square Garden before a sell-out crowd that witnessed a career-spanning set of hits, new songs, and even a deep cut or two. Live At Madison Square Garden was directed by Anthony Bongiovi (Jon's brother) and Brian Lockwood, and was only recently released in the U.S. and Canada on May 11th of this year. The rest of the world was able to pick it up last November.
The concert begins in a rather lackluster fashion with Jon being filmed from behind as he walks out on stage just as the stage lights heat up, and he and the band break into "Lost Highway." Not that it's a bad song, but it's just a poor choice to open the show with. I always hate it when a band begins a concert with a ballad or a song that is not one of their classics. From there, Jon and the boys take you on a career-spanning trip down memory lane, throwing in a few curve balls along the way.