BLOOD ON BLOOD

Live 31 Jan 1998 version


Jon Bon Jovi:Well, I can still remember
When I was just a kid
Your friends were your friends forever
And what you said was what you did
Jon Bon Jovi:Well, it was me, Danny and Bobby
We cut each other's hands
And held tight to a promise
Only brothers understand

Jon Bon Jovi:But we were so young
Richie Sambora:So young
Jon Bon Jovi:One for all and all for one
Richie Sambora:All for one
Jon Bon Jovi:Just as sure as the river's gonna run
We sang

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
We'd still be standing
When all was said and done
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
And I'd be there for you
Till Kingdom come
'Cause we were blood on blood

Jon Bon Jovi:Well, Bobby was my hero
Cause he had this fake I.D.
When I got busted stealing cigarettes
Bobby took the rap for me

Jon Bon Jovi:We knew this white trash girl
We each threw in a ten
She took us down to this cheap motel
To turn us into men

Jon Bon Jovi:But we were so young (so young, so young)
One for all and all for one (all for one)
Just as sure as the river's gonna run

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
We'd still be standing
When all was said and done
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
And I'd be there for you
Till Kingdom come
Cross my heart, blood on blood

Jon Bon Jovi:Now Bobby is an uptown lawyer
I hear Danny's doin' best that he can
And me, I'm just the singer
In a long haired rock'n'roll band

Jon Bon Jovi:But through the years and miles between us
It's been a long and lonely ride
But if I got that call in the dead of the night
I'd be right by your side
Richie Sambora:Be right by your side

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
We'd still be standing
When all is said and done
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:One on one
I'll be here for you
Till Kingdom come
Blood on blood

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora:Blood on blood
Blood on blood
Blood on blood
Jon Bon Jovi:Blood
On
Blood

Jon Bon Jovi:Hey!

Intro

BLOOD ON BLOOD 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 BLOOD ON BLOOD at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during the "Come Together: Jon Bon Jovi & Friends" benefit concert. Jon Bon Jovi was on 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 the UK. Since 2005 some enterprising record labels 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 the UK.

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

BLOOD ON BLOOD 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 BLOOD ON BLOOD on this website:

BLOOD ON BLOOD [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]
BLOOD ON BLOOD [Original Bon Jovi version]

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