Jon Bon Jovi - KEEP THE FAITH

First performance: 31/01/1998


Coverinfo

1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ

Jon Bon Jovi performed the song during the "Come Together" concert . Bruce was probably onstage playing guitar during this and all the other songs on which he did not sing. 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. 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. 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. 
 
 
 
setlist : 
 
THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / BAD MEDICINE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / UNTIL THE GOOD IS GONE (Steven Van Zandt) / BROKE DOWN PIECE OF MAN (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / HARD TIMES COME EASY (Richie Sambora) / LOVES GLORY (Patti Scialfa) / THERE GOES MY BABY (Southside Johnny) / THIS TIME BABY'S GONE FOR GOOD (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (with Jon Bon Jovi) / ALL I NEEDED WAS YOU (Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / SOMEDAY I'LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT (Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny) / BLOOD ON BLOOD (Jon Bon Jovi) / I'VE BEEN WORKING TOO HARD - LITTLE QUEENIE (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME (with Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi, and Steven Van Zandt) / IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (with Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt) / WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (with Jon Bon Jovi) / FOREVER (Steven Van Zandt) / LIVIN' ON A PRAYER (Jon Bon Jovi) / I PLAYED THE FOOL (Southside Johnny and Jon Bon Jovi) / KEEP THE FAITH (Jon Bon Jovi) / ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD (with all performers) / TREAT HER RIGHT (with all performers) /  
 

Songinfo

"Keep the Faith" is a song by Bon Jovi. The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child. It was released in October 1992 as the lead single from Bon Jovi's fifth album of the same name. It is characterised by its driving bass line and is a live staple for the band. "I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas" appeared as a B-Side to the song in the US.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE
All appearances with Springsteen:
 
  
 
1992-12-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
1993-04-03 - WESTFALENHALLE, DORTMUND, GERMANY
1994-07-16 - THE STONE PONY TENT, ASBURY PARK, NJ
1995-04-12 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1997-03-08 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ 
1998-01-30 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (rehearsal)
1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Come Together Benefit) 
1998-10-11 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ 
1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE  
1999-12-04 - THE DIASCO RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ (Doug Flutie Autism Foundation Benefit)
2000-10-21 - HEDGEROW FARM, MIDDLETOWN, NJ 
2003-04-29 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2003-04-30 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2006-12-12 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ
2008-04-13 - AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, DALLAS, TX 
2008-12-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2012-11-02 - STUDIO 6A, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY 
2012-12-12 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (The Concert For Sandy Relief)
 

Lyrics

Mother, mother, tell your children
That their time has just begun
I have suffered for my anger
There are wars that can't be won

Father, father, please believe me
I am laying down my guns
I am broken like an arrow
Forgive me, forgive your wayward son

(Everybody needs somebody to love)
Mother, mother
(Everybody needs somebody to leave)
Please believe me
(Everybody's bitching 'cause they can't get enough)
And it's hard to hold on
When there's no one to lean on

(Faith,) you know you're gonna live through the rain
Lord, you got to keep the faith
(Faith,) don't you let your love turn to hate
Now we've got to keep the faith
Keep the faith, keep the faith
Lord, we've got to keep the faith

Tell me baby when I hurt you
Do you keep it all inside
Do you tell me all's forgiven
And just hide behind your pride, yeah-yeah

(Everybody needs somebody to love)
Mother, father
(Everybody needs somebody to leave)
Please don't leave me
(Everybody's bleeding 'cause the times are tough)
Well it's hard to be strong
When there's no one to dream on

(Faith,) you know you're gonna live through the rain
Lord, you've got to keep the faith
(Faith,) don't you know it's never too late
Right now we've got to keep the faith
(Faith,) don't you let your love turn to hate
Lord, you got to keep the faith
(Keep the faith, keep the faith)
Oh, we've got to keep the faith
(Keep the faith, keep the faith)
Lord, we've got to keep the faith
Ooh, yeah
Ooh, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I've been walking in the footsteps of society's lies
I don't like what I see no more, sometimes I wish I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever to stand out in the rain
So no one sees me cryin', trying to wash away the pain

Mother, father
(Everybody needs somebody to love)
There's things I've done I can't erase
(Everybody needs somebody to love)
Every night we fall from grace
(Everybody's bitchin' 'cause they can't get enough)
It's hard with the world in your face
(Everybody needs, everybody, keep the faith)
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on

(Faith,) you know you're gonna live through the rain
Lord, you got to keep the faith
(Faith,) don't you let your love turn to hate
Right now we've got to keep the faith
(Faith, keep the faith, keep the faith)
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on, yeah
(Faith) whoah!
(Keep the faith, keep the faith)
Everybody keep the faith
(Faith, keep the faith)
(Keep the faith, keep the faith)
Ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Everybody needs somebody to love)
(Everybody needs somebody to leave)
Ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Everybody needs somebody to love)
Come, right now
(Everybody needs, everybody keep the faith)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh Faith Faith