May 21, 2013
After months of wondering whether I should do it or not, I finally ordered my ticket for the Bon Jovi show in Oslo in January, four months before the show. I've been a fan for many years now, and I was really bummed because I didn't get to go when they were here in 2011 - but this year I was determined to go. I didn't have anyone to go with, however, and the message was clear from my parents: If I didn't find anyone to go with, they wouldn't let me go at all. I didn't really bother that much to look for someone to go with, which I bitterly regretted when the show was getting closer. I couldn't find anyone in the last minute either, and it ended with my parents telling me I couldn't go.
But it wouldn't be interesting to write anything about a concert I didn't go to, now, would it?
I've always been very persuasive and stubborn, and if there's anything I want, I won't give up. That is why I convinced my brother to go with me on the day of the show. My mother didn't know and my father was very skeptical, but I refused to have paid that much money for a show I didn't get to go to, so at 12 we took the car and headed towards Oslo and Telenor Arena.
The weather was awful and it didn't better much during the three hour long car ride it took to get there, but despite bad roads, rain, car trouble and endless rush traffic, we made it there.
Earlier I had planned to get to the venue several hours before they opened the doors (which they did at 6) because I wanted a good spot – however, we didn’t get there until after 5 PM. The line wasn’t that long though, so when they opened I managed to get right in front of the barrier (I had standard tickets while golden and diamond circle were in front of me, so I didn’t have the opportunity to go anywhere nearer the stage).
But how boring is it acceptable for an audience to be? It’s alright that people don’t know their newest songs, but when they simply stand still and don’t sing during You Give Love A Bad Name and Livin’ On A Prayer, it’s pretty bad. I’ve never experienced an audience as dead as that one. Well, the people inside diamond circle and those closest to the stage in golden circle seemed to be enjoying themselves, but I saw people in front of me inside golden circle sitting against the barrier while they were posting stuff on Instagram and Facebook. Obviously it makes a lot more sense to update everyone about how awesome the concert is instead of actually paying attention.
But despite the audience’s lack of interest I had a good time, and I think the show was very good – yes, even though Richie Sambora wasn’t there (I think the majority of the audience think Bon Jovi is the singer with a backing band anyway). What was very disappointing, however, was the fact that they played Dry County, Runaway and You Want To Make A Memory in Munich a few days earlier, which I was really looking forward to hearing. I went home a little disappointed, but very happy to have seen such a great act, and all in all it was a great show.