Jon Bon Jovi Explains How He Puts Together The Setlist For Live Concerts According To Fans’ Expectations


Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi opened up about how he decides the songs for the setlist for a live performance during an interview with Axs Tv in which he answers fans’ questions, and revealed that fans have expectations when it comes to the tracklist and they want to hear iconic songs of an artist just the way they are in the album.

As many of you know, once fans are at a concert of their favorite musician or band, they often want to hear the classic songs of the artist in order to enjoy the performance while they are also singing along. However, musicians sometimes prefer to perform their new songs only which is a bummer according to many fans since it’s often unrelatable to a major part of the crowd.

In addition to performing the new and rather unknown songs in a concert, musicians and bands sometimes also alter their iconic songs into a different genre or play them quite differently than the originally recorded version in the album which disappoints the audience oftentimes.

During a recent interview, Bon Jovi frontman opened up about how he puts together a setlist for a concert and revealed that a great majority of the list consists of huge hits so that the audience can also join during the performance, while he adds a few new songs in order to please the musician and cover tracks to make the crowd feel they are listening something from a jukebox.

Here is what Jon Bon Jovi said:

“Let’s pretend that on an average night, there are 23 or 24 songs. 15 of ’em are gonna have to be the hits, which leaves me eight songs to play with. Four are probably gonna be new songs, which is gonna make the artist happy, and then two of ’em get to be the crazy album track or cover song that you just feel like getting your jukebox on. And that’s pretty much what you’re relegated to — simply because if I come to your town and I don’t play ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ or ‘It’s My Life’ or ‘Bad Name’ again, you’re gonna be disappointed. I don’t wanna disappoint you.”

In addition to this, Jon Bon Jovi also revealed that he was quite disappointed when he heard other musicians change their classic songs into a whole different tune growing up, especially when he sees an artist for the first time, therefore, he wants to perform hit songs such as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ and ‘It’s My Life’ just like they are in the album.

Here is what he said:

“I remember when I was a kid seeing a couple of guys that I grew up listening to who ended up playing reggae versions of their classic hits, ’cause they were tired of playing ’em. And I was at, like, a bingo hall watching ’em play. I was, like, ‘I get why you’re doing it, but this is the first time I ever got to see you, and I’m crushed.’ So, fans wanna hear ‘Prayer’ and ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Bad Name’ and ‘Wanted’ the way they were written and recorded.”

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