2003-06-14 Heineken Jamming Festival, Imola, Italy
Here is the diary entry from DaveGahan.com:
Shmorgas is over...thank god!!! The heat is pounding in Bologna. The rooms are hot, everything is hot and there is no relief. This is day three of four in a row and I'm broken. So delusional, that I set out for a walk and immediately got lost. But what an amazing city to get lost in. We were staying in an older part of town (looks like an old fortress) where the architecture goes on and on and on.... I got so lost that I actually lost myself back to the hotel, if that is imaginable. Dripping wet, the band set off for the Heineken Festival in Imola. Bon Jovi is headlining and the hits keep coming in the back of the van. This is show is fueled by an oxygen tank, stage right. Hitting the stage with screams for Jon I was immediately hit with some sort of wet object...not sure, don't want to know. Dave was amazing. He gave it his all while I stayed put out of fear of fainting. The rest is blurry, except to say my consciousness was wakened by a fabulous four coarse meal back at the hotel. Trying to find misplaced items from my stupor, we set off for the airport again. Nausea sets in at the sight of our fokker on the tarmac. We sit and wait and melt and wait while they make a few adjustments (the plane is picking up the "massive attack" after us). No AC.... We are beyond hope.
Dave Gahan said in a show called 'Subterranean' in July 2003:
"The Bon Jovi crowd was probably the hardest crowd. They were there to see Bon Jovi. We won a few over in the end. I'm probably my worst critic and walked away from there, and everbody else was like "It was great, it was amazing, it was fantastic" and all this, and to me it was like "It was a tough crowd", but I still enjoyed it. I've enjoyed that challenge of playing to fans of music that are willing to go to and see all different kinds of stuff and be there for the day."