BAD MEDICINE

Live 31 Jan 1998 version


Jon Bon Jovi (spoken):Is there a doctor in the house?

Jon Bon Jovi:Your love is like bad medicine
Bad medicine is what I need
Shake it up, just like bad medicine
There ain't no doctor that can
Cure my disease

Jon Bon Jovi:Let's go!

Crowd:Bad medicine

Jon Bon Jovi:I ain't got no fever got a permanent disease
It'll take more than a doctor to prescribe a remedy
I got lots of money, it isn't what I need
Take more than a shot to get poison from me
I got the symptoms, one, two, three

Jon Bon Jovi:First you need
(That's what you get for falling in love)
Then you bleed
(You get a little and it's never enough)
Then you're on your knees
(That's what you get for falling in love)
This boy's addicted, your kiss is the drug, oh oh oh

All:Your love is like bad medicine
Bad medicine is what I need (oh oh oh)
Shake it up, just like bad medicine
There ain't no doctor that can
Cure my disease

All:Bad, bad
Southside Johnny:Medicine
Jon Bon Jovi (spoken):Johnny!

Southside Johnny:I don't need no doctor
To be giving me a thrill
I don't need no anesthesia
Or a nurse to bring a pill
I got a down addiction
And it doesn't leave a track
I got a jone for your affection
Like a monkey on my back

Southside Johnny:There ain't no paramedic
Gonna stop my heart attack, say, say

Southside Johnny:(That's what you get for falling in love)
It's too much, baby
(You get a little and it's never enough)
Oh, yeah, yeah
(That's what you get for falling in love)
I'm addicted, and your kiss is the drug

All:Your love is like bad medicine
Bad medicine is what I need
Shake it up, just like bad medicine
There ain't no doctor that can
Cure my disease

Jon Bon Jovi (spoken):Southside!

All:Bad, bad medicine
Jon Bon Jovi:Is what I want
All:Bad, bad medicine
Jon Bon Jovi (spoken):Come on Johnny, flow, baby!

Jon Bon Jovi:Are you ready? Are you ready?

Jon Bon Jovi:I need a respirator
I need a respirator
I need a respirator, lord I'm running out of breath
She's an all night generator in stockings and a dress
All:When you find your medicine you take what you can get
Jon Bon Jovi:If there's something better baby, they haven't found it yet, oh, oh, oh

All:Your love is like bad medicine
Bad medicine is what I need (oh oh oh)
Shake it up, just like bad medicine
There ain't no doctor that can
Cure my disease

Southside Johnny:Babe, oh no

All:Your love is like bad medicine (yeah)
Bad medicine is what I need (oh oh oh)
Shake it up, just like bad medicine (oh yeah)
There ain't no doctor that can
Can cure my disease

All:Bad, bad
Southside Johnny:Medicine
All:Bad, bad...
Bad, bad...

Jon Bon Jovi (spoken):And it's alright!
Southside on the harp!

Intro

BAD MEDICINE is a 1988 song by Bon Jovi. See the original Bon Jovi version for more details.

Live 31 Jan 1998 version

The above lyrics are for live 31 Jan 1998 performance of BAD MEDICINE at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert. Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny traded lead vocals on this song. Bruce Springsteen did not sing, but he probably was onstage playing guitar during this and all the other songs on which he did not sing.

The 31 Jan 1998 Show

The "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert was organized by the Long Branch Police Department, The Asbury Park Press, and FPI Concerts, along with Jon Bon Jovi. The concert was to honor slain Long Branch police officer Sgt. Patrick King and raise money for the Sgt. Patrick King Memorial Fund to provide for his family. King, 45-year-old father of two young boys, was fatally shot on 20 Nov 1997 by a fugitive who had vowed to kill himself and a police officer rather than be captured and returned to jail.

Twenty musicians with ties to the Jersey shore music scene answered Jon Bon Jovi's call, including Bruce Springsteen and several members of the then-disbanded E Street Band (Clarence Clemons, Danni Frederici, Patti Scialfa, Steven Van Zandt, and Max Weinberg), Southside Johnny, Bobby Bandiera, and Richie Sambora among others. Actor Danny DeVito was the event's MC. Tickets, which were priced at $125, went on sale on 17 Jan 1998 noon and sold out in just eight minutes. The concert that was organized in short order raised more than $112,000 for King's widow and his two sons.

Promotional poster for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Promotional poster for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
Ticket stub for the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

"It was a chance to forget about [the murder] a little bit," Long Branch police Sgt. Bruce Johantgen, one of about 50 city police officers who attended the show, told The Asbury Park Press. "The outpouring of love from the performers to the audience was unbelievable". Johantgen said he found it ironic that Bon Jovi and other performers thanked the audience for coming to the sold-out show. "From the police perspective, I kept thinking, 'We should be thanking you for giving your time'," Johantgen said.

This was a near-reunion of the fabled E Street Band and Springsteen's first full-length electric gig following the acoustic The Ghost Of Tom Joad Solo Acoustic Tour. Springsteen spent much (or possibly all) of the night onstage, singing or playing guitar only. Soundboard recording for the complete concert is available among collectors.

  1. THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt)
  2. TWO HEARTS (Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt)
  3. BAD MEDICINE (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny)
  4. UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steven Van Zandt)
  5. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  6. BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Bon Jovi)
  7. HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora)
  8. LOVE'S GLORY (Patti Scialfa)
  9. THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny)
  10. THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt)
  11. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  12. THE PROMISED LAND (Bruce Springsteen)
  13. ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Van Zandt)
  14. SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny)
  15. BOBBY JEAN (Bruce Springsteen)
  16. BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi)
  17. THE FEVER (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Clarence Clemons)
  18. I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi)
  19. I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt)
  20. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny and Van Zandt)
  21. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (Bruce Springsteen with Jon Bon Jovi)
  22. BACKSTREETS (Bruce Springsteen)
  23. FOREVER (Steven Van Zandt)
  24. LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (Jon Bon Jovi)
  25. BADLANDS (Bruce Springsteen)
  26. I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi)
  27. KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi)
  28. BORN TO RUN (Bruce Springsteen)
  29. ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (Bruce Springsteen with all performers)
  30. TREAT HER RIGHT (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi with all performers)
  31. THUNDER ROAD (Bruce Springsteen with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Van Zandt, and all performers)

The 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre was commercially released in Europe. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels in Europe (mostly in the UK) have been releasing Bruce Springsteen radio and TV broadcasts (and some soundboard recordings) from the seventies, eighties, and nineties. Though these releases are not authorized by Bruce Springsteen or his record company, they are lawful due to a legal loophole in Europe.

Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi -- Live On Air
Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi -- Live On Air

2xCD - Laser Media (1143272) - UK, 2016

This release contains part of the 31 Jan 1998 show at Count Basie Theatre.

Live History

BAD MEDICINE was performed off-tour on 31 Jan 1998 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert.

  1. 31 Jan 1998 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BAD MEDICINE on this website:

BAD MEDICINE [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
BAD MEDICINE [Original Bon Jovi version]

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