Jon Bon Jovi - LIVIN' ON A PRAYER

First performance: 31/01/1998


Coverinfo

1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ

Bon Jovi performed the song during the "Come Together" concert . Bruce Springsteen did not sing, but he probably was onstage playing guitar during this and all the other songs on which he did not sing. The "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert was organized by the Long Branch Police Department, The Asbury Park Press, and FPI Concerts, along with Jon Bon Jovi. The concert was to honor slain Long Branch police officer Sgt. Patrick King and raise money for the Sgt. Patrick King Memorial Fund to provide for his family. King, 45-year-old father of two young boys, was fatally shot on 20 Nov 1997 by a fugitive who had vowed to kill himself and a police officer rather than be captured and returned to jail. Twenty musicians with ties to the Jersey shore music scene answered Jon Bon Jovi's call, including Bruce Springsteen and several members of the then-disbanded E Street Band (Clarence Clemons, Danni Frederici, Patti Scialfa, Steven Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg), Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, and Richie Sambora among others. Actor Danny DeVito was the event's MC. Tickets, which were priced at $125, went on sale on 17 Jan 1998 noon and sold out in just eight minutes. The concert that was organized in short order raised more than $112,000 for King's widow and his two sons. This was a near-reunion of the fabled E Street Band and Springsteen's first full-length electric gig following the acoustic The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. Springsteen spent much (or possibly all) of the night onstage, singing or playing guitar only. Soundboard recording for the complete concert is available among collectors. The 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe. 
 
 
 
setlist : 
 
THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / BAD MEDICINE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steven Van Zandt) / BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora) / LOVES GLORY (Patti Scialfa) / THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny) / THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (with Jon Bon Jovi) / ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny) / BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi) / I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (with Jon Bon Jovi) / FOREVER (Steven Van Zandt) /LIVIN' ON A PRAYER(Jon Bon Jovi) / I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi) / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (with all performers) / TREAT HER RIGHT (with all performers) /  
 

Songinfo

"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping song from their third album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child. Jon Bon Jovi did not like the original recording of this song, which can be found as a hidden track on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong.  Lead guitarist Richie Sambora, however, convinced him the song was good, and they reworked it with a new bassline ), different drum fills and the use of a talk box to include it on their upcoming album Slippery When Wet. Bon Jovi have themselves reworked the song several times, including an acoustic live version that served as a precursor to the MTV Unplugged series and a re-recorded version of the song, "Prayer '94," which appeared on U.S. versions of their Cross Road hits collection.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE
All appearances with Springsteen:
 
  
 
1992-12-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
1993-04-03 - WESTFALENHALLE, DORTMUND, GERMANY
1994-07-16 - THE STONE PONY TENT, ASBURY PARK, NJ
1995-04-12 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1997-03-08 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ 
1998-01-30 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (rehearsal)
1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Come Together Benefit) 
1998-10-11 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ 
1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE  
1999-12-04 - THE DIASCO RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ (Doug Flutie Autism Foundation Benefit)
2000-10-21 - HEDGEROW FARM, MIDDLETOWN, NJ 
2003-04-29 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2003-04-30 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2006-12-12 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ
2008-04-13 - AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, DALLAS, TX 
2008-12-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2012-11-02 - STUDIO 6A, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY 
2012-12-12 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (The Concert For Sandy Relief)
 

Lyrics

(Once upon a time, not so long ago)

Tommy used to work on the docks
Unions been on strike, he's down on his luck
It's tough, so tough
Gina works the diner all day
Working for her man, she brings home her pay
For love, for love

She says we've got to hold on to what we've got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot for love
We'll give it a shot

Ohhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer

Tommy's got his six string in hock
Now he's holding in what he used to make it talk
So tough, it's tough
Gina dreams of running away
When she cries in the night, Tommy whispers,
"Baby it's okay, someday"

We've got to hold on to what we've got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot for love
We'll give it a shot

Ohhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Livin' on a prayer

[Guitar solo]

Oooh, we got to hold on, ready or not
You live for the fight when that's all that you've got

Ohhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer

Ohhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer

Ohhh, we're half way there
Oh-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Oh-oh, [fades out]