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What To Expect When Bon Jovi Plays Philly on 3/31

Bon Jovi makes their triumphant return to Wells Fargo Center on March 31.  Here's what band members Tico Torres and David Bryan tell us to expect PLUS a set list from the first part of this tour.

Bon Jovi is known for arresting and inventive stage productions when it hits the road, and while drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan say the new tour should offer more of the same, it will also be dialed down a bit from some of its predecessors:

Bryan: "This one is really concentrating on the music, not so much video screens...We have such a body of work now it's really getting all the songs and it's about the band." 

Torres: "It looks like we're doing a lot more stuff in the round to have some people around us as well, which I think we always loved...to have actual fans behind you as you're playing and it's quite simple and it's movable. There's a lot of motion that goes with the songs...We're rehearsing it now and trying to get used to it. When you're on stage you see it a little differently than when you're in the audience."

The tour is supporting the This House Is Not For Sale album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in November. It will be Bon Jovi's first tour with bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarist Phil X considered official band members, and album co-producer John Shanks is also on the tour as an auxiliary guitarist.

SET LIST FROM RECENT DATE ON THIS TOUR

This House Is Not for Sale
Knockout
You Give Love a Bad Name
Lost Highway
Whole Lot of Leavin'
Roller Coaster
We Weren't Born to Follow
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
We Got It Goin' On
Who Says You Can't Go Home
It's My Life
God Bless This Mess
Scars on This Guitar
The Devil's in the Temple
Lay Your Hands on Me
Born to Be My Baby
Have a Nice Day
Bad Medicine
Keep the Faith

Encore:
We Don't Run
Wanted Dead or Alive
Livin' on a Prayer

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.