Welcome to the ballroom of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Please allow us to show you to your candle-lit table; someone will be along presently to take your order. Your entertainers this evening are local boys Bon Jovi, who will be playing acoustic renditions of a selection of their finest works spanning the last three decades. Enjoy the show.
It's not exactly rock 'n' roll, but then Bon Jovi are not exactly your average rockers. After over 20 years together, and with 100 million album sales in the bag, a few creature comforts for the 40-something band (and their fans) have to be allowed for.
Just sit back and take in this intriguing collection of reworkings of the band's greatest hits. The new versions don't always mark an improvement on the originals, but they never fail to be interesting.
Guitar virtuoso Richie Sambora, seated such as he is, provides most of the invention. Indeed, if it weren't for his deft acoustic plucking, the casual observer would be forgiven for not even noticing that the songs had been re-engineered at all.
But then, only hardcore Bon Jovi fans will be watching this concert anway. Why? For starters, this collection was already released on CD last year; also, the casual fan would be better served by buying Crossroads, the band's straight-up greatest hits that also happens to feature two then-new songs, Always and Someday I'll Be Saturday Night, that subsequently became two of the band's most successful singles.
Or better still, part-time fans could buy one of the band's albums from the late 1980s such as Slippery When Wet, a record which produced half the songs on this DVD.
This two-disc set features extras in abundance, however, which is surely an attempt by record label bosses to attract as much passing trade as possible.
There are clips of six songs from a Hyde Park Bon Jovi gig, but that's just the beginning. Add the obligatory 30-minute behind the scenes documentary, multi-angle viewing of some of the songs, a quick Q & A session with the band, and a decidedly lo-fi selection of still images to boot.
But they have saved the most original, and most surreal, feature of this DVD for last. Now that you've enjoyed your candlelit evening of acoustic rock, repair backstage to have a quick two hands of interactive poker with the rockers themselves. Really.
While referred to by the band members, staring at the camera, as "Homes", you can choose to call, fold or raise based on the hand you're dealt. Somewhat strangely, if you win the hand, you are treated to the six Hyde Park clips that you can just watch anyway (see above). Perhaps the record label didn't want to send out the wrong message about the rewards of gambling.
In any event, as I said, if you're not already a committed Bon Jovi acolyte with at least six or seven albums (some probably on cassette) in your collection, you are not going to come near this DVD. However, if you are, a 108-minute nostalgia trip with one of your favourite bands is no gamble at all.