[lastfm]Bon Jovi [/lastfm]kicked off their 12-show residency at London’s O2 Arena by performing a set on the roof of the massive venue earlier this week. Assisted by a crew of trained climbers, the band ripped through renditions of “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” “Superman Tonight,” “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”
Fans down below watched the performance as it was shown on big screens throughout the arena’s outdoor concourse. According to guitarist [lastfm]Richie Sambora[/lastfm], the daring maneuver was a fitting way to kick of their London show run.
“We like to push the envelope and do things that people normally don’t do,” Sambora told Billboard. “We like to do stuff that has impact because I think that people remember those things as big events and they become part of rock lore, part of history and part of rock culture.”
Bon Jovi’s O2 Arena residency is also making headlines for its unusual choice of supporting bands. Along with such big names as [lastfm]One Republic [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Kid Rock[/lastfm], the New Jersey legends will also welcome five unsigned U.K. bands to the stage to fill the opening slots at the first five shows. The bands were chosen in a contest by Bon Jovi, their management and promoters AEG.