1990/12/23 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA


Location: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

Capacity: 1.568

Attendance: n.a.



01. San Diego Serenade

02. Never Say Die

03. Wanted Dead Or Alive

04. Never Say Goodbye

05. Livin' On A Prayer

06. Love For Sale

07. It's my Life / We Gotta Get Outta This Place

08. Fever

09. Born To Be My Baby

10. You Give Love A Bad Name

11. Blood On Blood

12. The Boys Are Back In Town

13. Wild In The Streets

14. Bad Medicine



15. Cadillac Man

16. Diamond Ring

17. I'll Be There For You




  • The first ever Christmas show Bon Jovi played in Red Bank.
  • The Tom Waits classic San Diego Serenade gets played for the first time ever and starts the show. Jon starts the show all alone playing piano. Richie joins him for the third song, Wanted Dead or Alive. It's a similiar start of the show like they did it at the Hammersmith Odeon in January of 1990.
  • Never Say Die, a song from Jon's solo album Blaze Of Glory gets played during a show for the first time ever. In contrast to the album version Jon plays it acoustic by himself on the piano. Before, he once played that song during a promo interview on a radio station. It would take until a solo show in 2009 that the song gets played live again.It's interesting that Jon didn't choose to play Blaze Of Glory, which was a big hit at that time.
  • Cadillac Man gets played. Jon and Richie wrote this song while on tour in 1989. It was written for the movie Cadillac Man starring Robin Williams. But for some reasons the band and the production company couldn't come to terms so that the song wasn't used. The band played it for the very first time during one of their 3 tour shows in Melbourne, Australia in 1989 and once again during their legendary show at Hammersmith Odeon in London, England. They would play it again during their following 5-show Japan tour in January 1991 before it disappeared forever. Fans always hoped for a release of a studio version from Bon Jovi but until today it isn't clear if a Bon Jovi studio version even exists - mosts probably not. However, the band gave the song to french singer Johnny Hallyday who recorded and released a french version on his 1991 album Ça ne change pas un homme. Richie is the only Bon Jovi member who played on that version. This version can be heard here.
  • Diamond Ring gets played. In 1990 the song wasn't released on any album yet. It was written for Slippery When Wet and got afterwards rewritten for New Jersey, but made it on neither of those albums. Tha band intended to re-record it for the upcoming album (Keep The Faith) once again, although in December of 1990 there were no plans at all for a new album. In fact, the band was closer to go separate ways than recording a new album. But for some reason they started to play it during that Christmas show and even later on during their short tour through Japan. But it would take until their 1995 release These Days that Diamond Ring finally made it onto an album.


Some recordings from that night (not mine):