Saturday, October 17, 2009
Showtime has put up some sneak peak shorts and behind the scenes stuff!
Showtime has put up some sneak peak shorts and behind the scenes stuff!
So I woke up this morning all stuffed up and feeling lousy, but I'm at work anyway. I decided I need a pick me up. I hope you all feel better too after this.
NBC's the Today Show is starting something new. Bon Jovi is to be the first "Artist in Residence" for the month of November.
Jon Bon Jovi has shown he’s a real team player while fronting the chart-topping rock band that shares his name for the past 25 years. And for the month of November, he and the band are part of the TODAY team.
The 47-year-old singer appeared on the plaza at Rockefeller Center Wednesday to announce his new partnership with TODAY and NBC. On a string of Wednesday appearances through November, the group will discuss their lives and music, culminating with the band showing off what they do best: playing their hits live.
Bon Jovi’s TODAY house call is part of a novel new project by NBC Universal called “Artists in Residence,” in which the group will appear on multiple programs on NBC and its affiliated cable channels throughout the upcoming month.
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The group kicked things off by unveiling its new video, “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” live on TODAY Wednesday. The song juxtaposes live band footage with images of world leaders and sports stars who have “led the pack.” The song, which has already hit the Top 20 in the U.S., is the lead single from Bon Jovi’s new album, “The Circle,” which bows Nov. 10.
Speaking with Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales on the plaza, Bon Jovi told TODAY he’s a firm believer in the message “We Weren’t Born to Follow” delivers.
“The world changed a year ago, and I think this song in particular exemplifies the human spirit,” he said. “People needing now to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get back on their feet again. I could not have written this song with Richie [Bon Jovi guitarist Sambora] a year ago.”
Recession provided inspiration
While the album is sure to include the type of soaring anthems that have made Bon Jovi one of the biggest groups in music history, selling 120 million albums globally, Jon himself says the group, now on its 12th album, recorded material with a decidedly modern, topical bent.
In a recent interview on Japanese television, Bon Jovi said he gathered with his guitarist and longtime songwriting partner Richie Sambora to work on new songs a year ago, but admits the progress was slow moving at first.
“We were writing a couple of boy-girl songs, we were writing a song about rehab [Sambora did a stint in rehab for alcohol in 2007], and it wasn’t really going anywhere,” Bon Jovi said.
“And then, between the president getting elected and the economy tumbling as it did and Bernie Madoff and those whole kind of things that happened, our country really sobered up last winter. And these songs started to come.”
The band, which also includes David Bryan, Hugh McDonald and Tico Torres, aims to add to the mountain of radio hits that began with their breakout No. 1 “You Give Love a Bad Name” in 1986. The group’s trademark “Livin’ on Prayer” was named the No. 1 song of the 1980s by VH1, but unlike countless other ’80s hitmakers who fell by the wayside, Bon Jovi only got bigger. In the 2000s, the band has scored two of their biggest hits of their career with “It’s My Life” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
The group’s namesake leader Jon has proved himself a singer of a whole different stripe in the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll world. He’s been married to high school sweetheart Dorothea since 1989, and the couple raise their four children, ages 5 to 16, outside the spotlight in Rumson, N.J.
He’s also made a successful foray into acting, appearing as a regular on TV’s “Ally McBeal,” and co-starring in the films “U-571” and “Pay It Forward.” As a sports fan-businessman, he and Sambora are primary owners of the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League. In addition, Bon Jovi is a tireless worker for charitable and political causes: He’s a founding ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and he performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration in January.
But Bon Jovi knows his true calling is still performing with his band on the concert stage — they’ve played a staggering 2,600 concerts in some 50 countries since leaving their New Jersey hometowns to hit the road in 1984. The band will offer TODAY viewers a taste of what their 2010 tour will look like when they cap their “Artists in Residence” month with a Thanksgiving Eve concert on the plaza Nov. 25.
Given the band’s popularity, you might want to start lining up now.
My friend, the ever lovely Goddess Hathor, posted the most drool-worthy pictures of our favorite guys this morning.
I found more...
BLAZE OF GLORY ; Guitarist Richie Sambora's Battle With Booze and Drugs Inspires Bon Jovi Album
By BILLY SLOAN
JON Bon Jovi looked across a TV sound stage at the musician he calls his "right-hand man" and knew it was time for hard talking and tough decisions.
His group, Bon Jovi, were recording an Unplugged music special and he'd just watched best mate Richie Sambora fluff the opening guitar lick of their 1986 hit, Wanted Dead Or Alive, three times in a row.
As the studio audience shifted uneasily in their seats, Jon knew he had to stop his friend, who was strung out on pills and booze, from killing himself.
Jon, 47, said: "I saw a guy imploding and self-destructing. It broke my heart.
"Richie should have been dead. I cried for him. I was at my wits' end. What do you do? "Thank God the show was being taped and wasn't live. We had another guitar player as backup, knowing that if Richie f****d up completely the show could go on.
"He'd already missed a gig in Puerto Rico ... we played without him.
"The four of us - me, bass player David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and Richie - went into a room, closed the door and sat down.
"There was no yelling, no screaming. I just said to him: 'You broke my heart'.
"That was enough for Richie to understand directly what we meant. My words were careful. There was no reason to point fingers.
"It took that incident for him to realise he had better get it together."
In 2007, Richie's life went spectacularly off the rails when he was divorced from actress wife Heather Locklear after a 12-year marriage.
A few days later, his father Adam died of cancer. Richie was addicted to painkillers and alcohol. He had also been put on probation for three years for drink-driving.
"Richie said: 'I understand. My hands are shaking. I can't deal with this'," revealed Jon.
"He's an only child so it hit him very hard to see what was happening to his dad.
"He was also going through a divorce, where there was a kid involved, so there was a lot of trouble at home.
"Had Richie resisted the help we tried to give him, I wouldn't have threatened his job.
"At the end of the day, it's only music. You can't play, you've embarrassed yourself. Gone as he was, he knew it.
"It was easy for him. He could get away with it. I didn't need him to write the songs.
"That's why our 2007 album, Lost Highway, was much more me than we. I could have kept making records without him. He'd just have showed up for the photo session.
"But when you have such a close relationship, our words cut deep.
"There was no need to say anything more. Richie got it."
And the guitarist has not forgotten what Jon did for him.
"Richie thanks me every day ... 100 times over," said Jon. "He's not shy about telling someone he loves them and thanks them for their friendship.
"He's a very emotional human being, not one who hides behind some kind of demeanour ... he's very open.
"Wait till you see Richie now. He's lost 20lbs, is rock hard and plays his ass off on this record.
"He knows this album is all about him."
Bon Jovi release the album, The Circle, on November 2. Jon, who's boss of the multi-million-dollar corporation which handles the group's interests, says it is an attempt to draw a line under Richie's problems ... and kick start the next phase of their 26-year career.
The cover features a shot of Jon, Richie, David and Tico in a huddle - to convey the unshakeable bond between them.
"The Circle wasn't a conscious effort to reinvent the band," Jon told me. "Last October, we decided to put together a greatest hits album, so I started to write new songs. But there wasn't a lot in the way of subject matter.
"There were a couple of girl songs. A rehab track about Richie straightening himself out. But the world hadn't changed yet and I wasn't thrilled with them.
"Then the world crashed, hit rock-bottom, came up, rubbed its nose, saw the stars spinning and thought, 'We've got to make steps forward again.' "The following month, Barack Obama was elected US President. As a writer, I started to steam-roll. We ditched the greatest hits concept and said: 'Let's go'."
The record's title was suggested by a friend. Jon explained: "The Circle can mean different things to different people. To me, a circle is never-ending.
"But it can also mean it's difficult to get into but even harder to get out of. And sure, Bon Jovi has come full circle ... back to making a real rock record again."
The Circle will be accompanied by When We Were Beautiful, a movie which will be premiered at Robert De Niro's Tribecca Film Festival in New York in April.
It will give a rare insight into Bon Jovi's high-voltage lifestyle.
"I was asked by a publisher to write a memoir. But I didn't like the way it was turning out so I gave back my advance," revealed Jon.
"I saw a Peter Bogdanovich documentary about Tom Petty and thought it would be better to do something on film.
"We financed it ourselves. I wanted to show what it was really like, warts and all."
The film takes its name from a key track on the album.
Jon, a Democrat who campaigned for Obama, said: "It deals with the bursting of the American bubble, the changing of the world as we knew it, ending eight years of the Bush lives we were stuck living.
"The stock market crashed. There was a loans scandal in America. The job-loss meter had risen to more than 10 per cent.
"It was so evident the world we were living in was all 'Bigger is better ... more, more, more and me, me, me.' "All that changed with our new President." The most enduring relationship in Jon's life is his 20-year marriage to high-school sweetheartDorothea Rose, an ex- black-belt karate teacher.
The couple wed in Las Vegas in 1989 and have four children, Stephanie, 16, Jesse, 14, Jacob, seven, and Romeo, five.
In a poignant scene in the movie, Jon says: "I've spent too many nights sitting in a hotel room with a sleeping pill and bottle of wine ... missing my kids. That's the cost."
But when he's at home, Jon is happiest playing husband and father. "Bruce Springsteen and Bono have both been married just as long as I have," he said. "But I got to be the poster boy for married life and I'll accept the role because I'm happy in my situation.
"It ain't easy. It's hard work. I'm no pleasure to be around every day but Dorothea tolerates it.
My children understand what I do for a living and deal with it.
"Last night Jacob got quite emotional about me going off to the UK for just two days. He wasn't all that happy about it.
"I've been home for the last year. But now I'm going to have to go to work again.
"That's just how it is."
Bon Jovi's new album The Circle - and their new documentary DVD When We Were Beautiful - are released on November 2.
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