Slippery When Wet

Released in 1986

Tour overview:

Because Bon Jovi started the tour supporting other bands and then later on headlined their own shows due to the massive success of Slippery When Wet it's hard to make 1 standard setlist. However, despite the fact that Bon Jovi played over 200 shows on this tour there were only 4 different setlists, though obviously there were exceptions when every now and then a cover song was added.

The 4 standard setlists of the tour were:

Bon Jovi playing in support of Judas Priest:
1. Pink Flamingos
2. Raise Your Hands
3. Get Ready
4. You Give Love A Bad Name
5. Let It Rock
6. In And Out Of Love
7. Runaway

Bon Jovi playing in support of .38 Special:
1. Pink Flamingos
2. Raise Your Hands
3. Breakout
4. You Give Love A Bad Name
5. Let It Rock
- Guitar Solo
6. In And Out Of Love
7. Runaway
8. I Don't Wanna Go Home
9. Get Ready

Bon Jovi touring of the succes of the singles:
1. Pink Flamingos
2. Raise Your Hands
3. Breakout
4. Tokyo Road
5. You Give Love A Bad Name
6. Wild In The Streets
7. Silent Night
8. Let It Rock
- Guitar Solo
- Drum Solo
9. In And Out Of Love
10. Runaway

Encore:
11. Wanted Dead Or Alive
12. Drift Away
13. Get Ready

Bon Jovi touring of the succes of the album:
1. Pink Flamingos
2. Raise Your Hands
3. I'd Die For You
4. Tokyo Road
5. You Give Love A Bad Name
6. Wild In The Streets
7. Twist & Shout
8. Never Say Goodbye
9. Livin' On A Prayer
10. Let It Rock
/ We Will Rock You
- Guitar Solo
- Drum Solo
11. In And Out Of Love
12. Runaway

Encore:
13. Wanted Dead Or Alive
14. Drift Away
15. Travellin' Band

Because not every setlist of this tour is available it's hard to say for sure, but so far there is no proof of Without Love ever having been played live. As for the other songs; Bon Jovi made it clear early on in their career that they wanted little to do with the Fahrenheit record. By the end of the tour it was only Tokyo Road that would stay in the setlist, despite it never having been released as a single. In & Out Of Love was favoured over Only Lonely, despite Only Lonely having been more succesful, and Silent Night was the big ballad in the middle of the set until Bon Jovi felt Never Say Goodbye could take its spot.

Because many shows sold out, more shows were added, often resulting in 3 nights in a row, or even more like in Melbourne, Sydney and Detroit. Where there was supposed to be a day of rest now shows were planned. When looking at the 6th leg it's obvious that many days off were planned, yet all of them were booked with second or third shows. Therefore, unlike what many fans think, the Slippery When Wet tour was actually the tour in which Jon damaged his voice beyond repair. This became very obvious during the shows when he was hoarse and could barely pronounce the words at times, let alone sing the songs decently. A bootleg recording exists of a show in Sydney where it's at times painful to listen to the vocals. It's merely screeching at times, and it was a good thing that the whole band had so much showmanship and energy which sort of made up for the below average vocal performances.

The highlights of this tour thefore were before the second leg through North America, once those shows were on their way the grueling tourschedule left little room for Jon's voice to recover, and singing Livin' On A Prayer every night certainly didn't help, even though Richie, David and Alec sang backup more and more often later on during the tour. Once the tour was done the band took a long break. The band like to claim they spend all of the first 10 years of their career touring, but after the Slippery When Wet tour they had at least 4 months off until they started recording again in March 1988. Not many people can say they took that much time off from their day jobs. It is however remarkable that after Jon's bad experiences on the Slippery When Wet tour he let his manager still book such a huge tour for the follow up to Slippery When Wet.

What follows now is a map with the countries Bon Jovi visited during their tour. Although it's obvious Bon Jovi toured America, just colouring all of America would've been silly considering how Bon Jovi didn't tour half of the country and someone from Wyoming wouldn't exactly be travelling 2.000 miles to go see the band play in New York, hence me colouring the states separately for Canada and the U.S.A. This tour was the biggest tour Bon Jovi had ever done and it was also their first real world tour of their own. They got to experience the real sex, drugs and rock & roll lifestyle for themselves now, oh my.


Considering the tour was in promotion of Slippery When Wet it would mark the only chance to hear a song like Social Disease live, despite it being the rare song of the tour. After the tour was done, the song was rarely played live again and would never show up again on tours done after the New Jersey Tour had ended. Let It Rock was put to rest as well, only to show up at the O2 Arena basically because Jon was kind of forced to live up to his promise of playing songs he hadn't played in a long time. The song was done twice and then put to rest again, with both performances actually being a lot better than what fans expected. The song is a favourite of the older fanbase and many wished the song would become a regular again. Jon however feels the song is too dated, just like most of the stuff from the eighties. Would the albums from the eighties not having been as succesful as they are I doubt he'd ever play Bad Name ever again.