AMERICAN rockers Bon Jovi had a capacity crowd of 30,000 people on their feet last night as they shook the leafy suburbs around Dublin's RDS.
In an arena more accustomed to horse shows, the veteran New Jersey band act proved their staying power as they belted through the hits from their 28 years together.
The 'world's hardest working band' took to the stage at 8pm as clouds heavy with rain gathered overhead.
But right on cue, the clouds gave way to brilliant evening sunshine. This was going to be a slick show.
"This ain't no television show, get up from your seats," frontman Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd.
Jon said this week that he 'always wanted to be Irish' and it seemed last night that the admiration was mutual.
"Absolutely fabulous," was the verdict from Dermot Neagan (28), who had travelled from Co Meath for the gig.
It was the sixth time Siobhan Fitzgibbon and Josephine Fox had seen the band, having been fans "since school", which, for the Co Tipperary mothers, was "some time back in the eighties".
They had travelled to Dublin with 36 friends, all of whom were wearing bright pink T-shirts emblazoned 'Bon Jovi' and 'Tipp Girls On Tour'.
Tickets are still available for tonight's Bon Jovi gig at ticketmaster.ie