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Saturday, June 27, 2009

A version of Stand By Me For the Iranian people.

With nearly wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson's death, it might be easy to forget the ongoing struggle taking place in Iran. But rocker Jon Bon Jovi hasn't forgotten.

Earlier this week, Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora recorded a version of Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" with Iranian superstar Andy Madadian. Their mission: to send a message of global solidarity to the people of Iran who are caught in the midst of debate and protest over the country's recent election.

The track was produced by Don Was and John Shanks. As he introduces the music video (which you can watch in full below), Was says the track was never intended to be a hit single or even make it onto a CD, but to be shared. "It's intended to be downloaded and shared by the Iranian people... to give voice to the sentiment that all people of the world stand together," he says. Throughout the video, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the recording session, Bon Jovi and Madadian hold signs written that say "We are one." — one in English and one in Farsi.

To download and share "Stand by Me," click here. What do you think of the song?

Here's the video... pretty cool to hear Jon singing in Farsi and to see the behind the scenes stuff too. Just one question, does this man ever sleep? The next night after this they were in Milwaukee for Summerfest for cryin'out loud!


Summerfest 2009...

Friday, June 26, 2009

So, we have a few pictures from last night...

They certainly looked like they were having a blast up there and from the comments on Twitter, fun was had by all, despite a few issues with the sound.

Found this review too...

Bon Jovi seems to have found the formula for rock band longevity: hit songs, new music that doesn't stink and a fervent fan base.

Sex appeal doesn't hurt, either.

Not many 26-year-old bands fronted by 47-year-old singers can continue to sell out large venues. That's what makes Bon Jovi an anomaly. Even Jon Bon Jovi noted at Thursday's sold-out concert at the Marcus Amphitheater that his eponymous group is the last band standing of its era.

He's right. Most of Bon Jovi's '80s contemporaries are no longer playing, and if they are, it's at county fairs, not headlining the opening night of Summerfest.

Much of the band's continued success lies in the throat, hair and hips of Jon Bon Jovi, who doesn't look like a guy who'll be getting mail from AARP in a couple years.

Opening with the 1960s Dave Clark Five hit "Glad All Over," the band segued into "You Give Love a Bad Name" with Jon Bon Jovi picking out a fan's camcorder to shoot a few seconds of video.

Wearing tight black jeans and a black shirt with sleeves rolled up to show off his biceps, Jon Bon Jovi strutted, swiveled, sauntered and shimmied his way across the stage, stopping only to say, "Justin Timberlake, eat your heart out."

Unlike many aging rockers, he has weathered the years well. No paunch, no bald patch, hair to die for - and he can still hit the high notes of "Livin' on a Prayer."

The band has no new album to plug and isn't touring in 2009, and Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd the Summerfest gig was only the third of four planned concerts this year because they couldn't pass up playing here.

Guitarist Richie Sambora sang yet another No. 1 hit, "I'll Be There for You," and showed off his ax skills on an extended solo. But Jon Bon Jovi was clearly the reason why much of the crowd - which skewed heavily female - bought tickets.

Following "Have A Nice Day" and "Keep the Faith" the band launched into "Bad Medicine," which briefly morphed into the Isley Brothers' "Shout." Jon Bon Jovi jumped into the audience, surrounded by ecstatic women trying to snap his picture with their cell phones.

After returning to the stage he said "I'm getting too old for this."

No, you're not.

Opening for Bon Jovi was Philadelphia rock band Soraia, whose last album, "Shed the Skin" featured Sambora guesting on guitar. Singer Sue Mansour fronted the band with a voice and stage persona reminiscent of Janis Joplin.

Damn, wish I could have been there. Maybe next time.

source: JSOnline


Jon's Speech - NCVS...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I know you've all probably seen the videos from Monday, but I have the transcript of Jon's speech here to share with you. I'd like to thank Rike for posting this on another forum for us to see. I loved it enough to pull a quote and if you look just above this post, you'll see it scrolling across the page.

Thanks Rike!!

Thank you EIF [Entertainment Industry Foundation] for inviting me to join you here today and for giving me the opportunity to speak.

Thank you to our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, for her commitment to volunteerism and her determined leadership by example in making community and national service an American priority.

Thank you to the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and especially the first Lady of California, my friend, Maria Shriver, whose family tradition of service and activism has been an inspiration to generations.

And I want to GIVE my biggest thanks to all of you for attending this National Conference on Volunteerism as we launch the “United We Serve” program.

Just by the nature of this convention, if I’m up here speaking to you, I’m preaching to the converted. You have already embraced -– as a career path or as a charitable endeavor -- the needs, challenges and the satisfaction that volunteering can bring to any number of topics we face today.

Many different roads have brought us to this destination, each of us with his or her own unique story to tell. My becoming “this” involved in philanthropy took shape as the co-owner of an arena football team called the Philadelphia Soul. It may seem an odd choice to some but not to me.

I won’t bore you with the details of my buying the franchise but I will tell you this: I thought sport was a unique way to make a difference in our community. You see, from our inception, I didn’t care if you liked Bon Jovi or football. Everyone thinks they have soul (hence, the name.)

And while we were looking to win on the field, winning off the field was equally important. We were looking for men of character, not characters. This was going to be, not only a safe, affordable place where a family could come root for the home team but also, a place where sponsors would be proud to spend their money. So before we played a down, before we sold a ticket, I went to sponsors, both big and small, and explained that I intended to make a difference in sports ownership and in our community. In our first couple of years, whether it was a foster home who needed a playground, a hospice who needed a check, or the local Covenant House who needed beds… if the Soul could be there, we were.

By the spring of 2005, our focus became clearer. We became involved in the issue of affordable housing and in our desire to break the chains of poverty in and around our area. The Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation was born.

Initially, we partnered with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and HELP USA. But it was the mentoring of Sister Mary Scullion and Project H.O.M.E. for which we are most grateful. It was Sister Mary who taught me the important of job training and service providing. These elements were key to the success in and around each of our builds. That something seemingly as simple as basic computer skills are the difference between the quantity and quality of food you can ultimately put on your table…

In the four plus years that we have been at work, we have now helped fun 151 units of affordable housing, not just in Philadelphia but also in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Denver, Detroit, Brooklyn and in my home state of New Jersey.

I didn’t come here today to talk about me but, in fact, to talk about WE… The Power of We and what that means. We are all aware of the trying economic times we live in. Money is tight everywhere. And yet, the homeless are still homeless, the hungry are still hungry. But there is hope for the hopeless. Volunteerism is on the rise in America. Maybe it is due to the economy. Or maybe, it’s because we’re reminded that we’re all in this together. But whether it’s the President’s signing of the Service America Act in the name of Maria’s uncle, Edward Kennedy…

Or the nearly 5,000 of us here today…

Each of us believes we can do it. But as President Obama said, we can’t do it alone.

Government needs to work in concert with non-profits, corporations, and individuals to make what I believe can be a noticeable difference in the places where we live. The cynic will say we can’t fix everything to which I respond, but if each of the hopeful can fix just one thing, imagine what we could do.

Today shines a spotlight on our starting point. It’s Day one of a new season. An era built on the foundation of initiatives like AmeriCorps and City Year. Today we build on that foundation with United We Serve. We’re going to need to sustain the energy captured today and throughout this summer’s initiative. Maybe it’s credits for college kids, maybe it’s tax incentives, maybe it’s just a round table to discuss ideas.

Remember, Michelle Obama not only planted those seeds in the White House garden but she nurtured them. After the photo op, you’ve got to remember, America, roll up your sleeves. Time to get your hands dirty. This journey starts here and now with the first step. President Obama said, “Yes, We Can,” I’m here to say, “Yes, we will,” and someday soon, we’re going to look back and say, “Yes, we did.”

Thank you for all your hard work, for inspiring me and countless others, for showing the country and the world that tomorrow starts now. We’re going to make volunteerism hip. Together and with The Power of We, we can start a revolution. One Soul at a time…

Thank you.

and much more information here


Memphis on Broadway...

Monday, June 22, 2009

According to Playbill News, Memphis will finally make its Broadway debut. It is set to open for previews at the Shubert Theater on September 23 with its opening on October 19.

The new Joe DiPietro-David Bryan rock musical Memphis will begin previews on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, current home of the revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, Sept. 23.

The racially fueled musical will open at the Shubert Oct. 19 and will feature direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys). Tickets are now on sale.

"In the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's," press notes state, "a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Memphis is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever."

Memphis played regional engagements at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre this past season. The work was also presented in earlier incarnations at the North Shore Music Theatre and TheatreWorks.

You can find the rest of the article here.


Story Update

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Well I found my inspiration... Sweet Dreams has been updated!


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