New Jersey Syndicate Tour

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New Jersey Syndicate Tour
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Tour by Bon Jovi
Start date October 30, 1988
End date December 21, 1991
Legs 10
Shows 65 in Europe
130 in North America
12 in Asia
7 in Oceania
6 in South America
232 in Total
Bon Jovi concert chronology
Slippery When Wet Tour
(1986-1987)
New Jersey Syndicate Tour
(1988-1991)
Keep the Faith Tour
(1993)

The New Jersey Syndicate Tour, Jersey Syndicate Tour, New Jersey Syndicate Brotherhood Tour, or New Jersey Tour, was a concert tour by American hard rock band Bon Jovi that ran from 1988 to 1991. The massive, highly successful world tour was put on in support of the band's multi-platinum 1988 album New Jersey.

Background[edit]

The tour was very grueling and exhausting and led to the band's hiatus at the tour's conclusion. Bon Jovi had toured heavily since 1984 and the tour put pressures on the band's relationships with each other and their families, on their health, and their emotions. The tour was often noted for its extended musical performances of songs, which would often run twice the length of the album track as well as raw emotional vocal performances by Jon Bon Jovi. Jon had to enlist the help of a vocal coach to help sustain his voice and Richie Sambora would often help out more on the high notes. The band would also perform some of their songs in acoustic format, signaling a change in musical style and maturation of the band.

The concert performances on the Jersey Syndicate Tour featured vivid pyrotechnics, a catwalk elevated above the crowd (which was for Cameramen filming MN Northstars Hockey at the Met Center in Bloomington,MN where the current Mall of America now stands), and Jon entering the stage through a hole in the stage. Prior to the band taking the stage Emerson Lake & Palmer's Karn Evil 9 First Impression Part Two was played at full volume over the PA. The concerts also required extensive security due to the band's iconic status as major rock stars of the time.

This was the last tour by the band to feature a notable amount of material from their first two albums. After the band hit it big with the album Slippery When Wet, they began to phase their pre-stardom material out of their live sets because according to interviews it did not match the standards set by the material on their later releases, even on this tour those songs were performed somewhat sparingly. With the exception of the song "Runaway" from the first album which is still played regularly to this day, virtually nothing from those albums has been performed live since the conclusion of this tour.

Setlist[edit]

Tour footage used in music videos[edit]

In addition, Bon Jovi shot the music videos for "Lay Your Hands on Me", "I'll Be There for You", and "Blood on Blood" during performances on the tour, and recorded footage for their video releases Access All Areas and New Jersey: The Videos on this tour.

The band also headlined the Moscow Music Peace Festival during this time.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
October 30, 1988 Dublin Ireland RDS Arena
October 31, 1988
November 1, 1988
November 4, 1988 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
November 6, 1988 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
November 7, 1988 Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle
November 8, 1988 Kassel Messehalle
November 10, 1988 Zurich Hallenstadion
November 11, 1988
November 13, 1988 Florence Italy Palasport
November 14, 1988 Rome Palaeur
November 15, 1988 Milan Palatrussardi
November 16, 1988
November 18, 1988 Nuremberg Germany Frankenhalle
November 20, 1988 Paris France Le Zénith
November 21, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
November 24, 1988 Oslo, (actual city Drammen) Norway Drammenshallen
November 25, 1988 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
November 26, 1988 Stockholm Johanneshovs Isstadion
November 28, 1988 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
December 2, 1988 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
December 3, 1988
December 5, 1988 Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre
December 6, 1988
December 8, 1988 London Wembley Arena
December 9, 1988
December 11, 1988 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
December 12, 1988 London Wembley Arena
December 13, 1988
December 15, 1988 Brussels Belgium Forest National
December 16, 1988 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
December 19, 1988 Munich Olympiahalle
Asia
December 31, 1988 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
January 1, 1989
January 5, 1989 Osaka Castle Hall
January 6, 1989
January 9, 1989
January 10, 1989 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
January 11, 1989
North America
January 13, 1989 Honolulu, Hawaii United States Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
January 14, 1989
January 15, 1989
January 26, 1989 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
January 27, 1989 San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena
January 29, 1989 Houston, Texas The Summit
January 30, 1989 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
February 1, 1989 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
February 2, 1989 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU Assembly Center
February 4, 1989 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Civic Center
February 5, 1989 Tallahassee, Florida Leon County Civic Center
February 7, 1989 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum
February 9, 1989 Miami, Florida Miami Arena
February 10, 1989 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena
February 11, 1989 San Juan Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
February 14, 1989 Birmingham, Alabama United States Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
February 15, 1989 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum
February 17, 1989 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
February 18, 1989 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Dean Smith Center
February 20, 1989 Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center
February 22, 1989 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
February 23, 1989 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson–Boling Arena
February 26, 1989 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
February 28, 1989 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
March 2, 1989 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
March 3, 1989 Syracuse, New York Carrier Dome
March 6, 1989 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
March 7, 1989 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
March 8, 1989 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
March 10, 1989 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
March 12, 1989 Worcester, Massachusetts The Centrum
March 13, 1989
March 15, 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
March 21, 1989 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
March 22, 1989 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
March 24, 1989 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
March 25, 1989 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
March 26, 1989 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
March 28, 1989 Iowa City, Iowa Carver–Hawkeye Arena
March 29, 1989 Champaign, Illinois Assembly Hall
April 1, 1989 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center
April 2, 1989 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
April 4, 1989 Bloomington, Minnesota Met Center
April 5, 1989 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
April 7, 1989 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
April 8, 1989 Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena
April 10, 1989 Valley Center, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
April 11, 1989 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The Myriad
April 13, 1989 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
April 15, 1989 Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
April 16, 1989 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center
April 18, 1989 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
April 20, 1989 Phoenix, Arizona Compton Terrace Amphitheatre
April 21, 1989 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
April 22, 1989 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
April 24, 1989 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
April 26, 1989 Inglewood, California The Forum
April 27, 1989
April 28, 1989 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
April 29, 1989
May 2, 1989 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
May 3, 1989
May 5, 1989 Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion
May 7, 1989 Pullman, Washington Beasley Coliseum
May 8, 1989 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
May 10, 1989 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
video shoot for "Lay Your Hands on Me"
May 11, 1989 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada BC Place Stadium
May 27, 1989 Mears, Michigan United States Val du Lakes Amphitheatre
May 28, 1989 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
May 29, 1989 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center
May 31, 1989 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
June 2, 1989 Toronto, Ontario Canada CNE Stadium
June 3, 1989 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
June 4, 1989 Quebec City, Quebec Colisee de Quebec
June 7, 1989 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center
June 8, 1989 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Pocono Downs Race Track
June 11, 1989 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
June 13, 1989 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
June 14, 1989
June 16, 1989 Johnstown, Pennsylvania Point Stadium
June 17, 1989 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Arena
June 19, 1989 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
June 20, 1989
June 21, 1989
June 23, 1989 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
June 24, 1989
June 25, 1989 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Harness Track/Saratoga Raceway
June 28, 1989 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
June 29, 1989
July 2, 1989 Thornville, Ohio Buckeye Lake Music Center
July 5, 1989 Rochester, New York Silver Stadium
July 6, 1989 Niagara Falls, NY Convention Center
July 8, 1989 Manchester, New Hampshire Riverfront Park
July 9, 1989 Middletown, New York Orange County Fairgrounds
July 11, 1989 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
July 12, 1989 Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum
July 19, 1989 Antioch, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
July 20, 1989 Atlanta, Georgia Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 23, 1989 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
July 25, 1989 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre
July 28, 1989 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green
July 30, 1989 Topeka, Kansas Landon Arena
July 31, 1989 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
August 1, 1989 Bloomington, Minnesota Met Center
August 2, 1989 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
August 4, 1989 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley
Moscow Music Peace Festival and Milton Keynes
August 12, 1989 Moscow Russia Moscow Music Peace Festival - Lenin Stadium featuring Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Cinderella, The Scorpions, etc.
August 13, 1989
August 19, 1989 Milton Keynes England National Bowl substitute for Monsters of Rock festival, featuring Europe, Vixen, Skid Row, etc.
Guests Steven Tyler and Joe Perry joined Bon Jovi onstage and performed "Walk This Way")
North America
August 23, 1989 Charlevoix, Michigan United States The Castle
August 25, 1989 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena
August 26, 1989 Regina, Saskatchewan Agridome
August 28, 1989 Calgary, Alberta Saddledome
August 29, 1989 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Coliseum
August 30, 1989 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place
September 1, 1989 Casper, Wyoming United States Casper Events Center
September 2, 1989 Rapid City, South Dakota Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
September 3, 1989 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Arena
September 7, 1989 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
September 8, 1989 Sacramento, California California Exposition & State Fair
September 9, 1989
September 10, 1989 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
September 12, 1989 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 14, 1989 Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center
September 15, 1989 Shreveport, Louisiana Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
September 16, 1989 Little Rock, Arkansas Barton Coliseum
September 17, 1989 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum
September 19, 1989 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center
September 21, 1989 Augusta, Georgia Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
September 23, 1989 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center
September 27, 1989 Mobile, Alabama Mobile Civic Center
October 4, 1989 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum
Australia/New Zealand
October 30, 1989 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
October 31, 1989
November 3, 1989 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
November 4, 1989
November 11, 1989 Adelaide Memorial Drive
November 13, 1989 Melbourne Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre
November 14, 1989
November 18, 1989 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
Europe
November 29, 1989 Cascais Portugal Cascais Hall
December 1, 1989 Madrid Spain Palacio de Desportes
December 2, 1989 Barcelona Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
December 3, 1989 San Sebastián Velodromo de Anoeta
December 4, 1989 Paris France Virgin Megastore
free acoustic show
December 5, 1989 Palais des Sports
December 6, 1989 Rotterdam Netherlands Virgin Megastore
December 7, 1989 Cologne Germany Sporthalle
December 8, 1989 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
December 9, 1989 Oldenburg Weser-Ems-Halle
December 11, 1989 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
December 13, 1989 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
December 15, 1989 Stockholm Sweden Globen Arena
December 16, 1989 Gothenburg Scandinavium
December 18, 1989 Oslo Norway Drammenshallen
December 21, 1989 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
December 22, 1989 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
December 23, 1989 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
January 2, 1990 London England Wembley Arena
January 3, 1990
January 4, 1990
January 6, 1990 Belfast Northern Ireland King's Hall
January 7, 1990 Dublin Ireland Point Depot
January 8, 1990
January 10, 1990 London England Hammersmith Odeon
January 11, 1990
January 12, 1990
January 13, 1990
January 14, 1990
January 15, 1990
January 16, 1990
South America
January 18, 1990 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Maracanã Stadium
January 27, 1990 Praça da Apoteose (Hollywood Rock Festival)
January 28, 1990 Maracanã Stadium
February 1, 1990 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani
February 6, 1990 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile
North America
February 9, 1990 Monterrey Mexico Estadio Tecnológico
February 10, 1990
February 17, 1990 Guadalajara Estadio Tecnológico Universidad de Guadalajara
The band played two shows in one day.
February 17, 1990
Benefit shows and Asia
December 23, 1990 Red Bank, New Jersey United States Christmas Benefit, Count Basie Theater
December 31, 1990 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
January 3, 1991 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
January 5, 1991 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
January 6, 1991 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
January 9, 1991
December 21, 1991 Red Bank, New Jersey United States Christmas Benefit, Count Basie Theater