- New Kids On The Block
- Motley Crue
- Bon Jovi
- Bruce Springsteen.
Bon Jovi on the Slippery When Wet tour in 1987.
My best friend Shelly got tickets for our 8th grade graduations. Her two 'cool' aunts were taking her and she gave the extra ticket to me. The experience was amazing.
We were at the Brendan Byrne Arena (now known as the Continental Arena) and our seats were all the way on the other side of the stage, at the very top. They sucked. All the pot smoke wafted up there as well, but I was too young and naive to know anything about that.
Shelly and I wore our bootleg Bon Jovi t-shirts and our matching fedora hats -- just like Vince Neil wore in the 'Home Sweet Home' video. Our hair was perfectly teased and feathered and our jeans were tight.
The crowd around us was fun and crazy. We screamed for Jon and his awesome hair and cute butt. We pined for the quiet, sensitive Richie. We danced and sang at the top of our lungs and hi-fived neighbors when 'Raise Your Hands' or 'You Give Love a Bad Name' was played.
But the ultimate concert moment for two 14 year old girls from New Jersey was when Jon was strapped into the harness and flew out over the crowd during 'Living On A Prayer'.
Oh, those were the days...