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Tonight's the Night...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All of you out there with Showtime, tonight is the night you've been waiting for (I don't have Showtime so I have to wait to see the documentary). At 9:00 p.m. EST televisions across the land will be tuning in to see our favorite band, warts and all.

The New Jersey News Room had this to say about the upcoming documentary.

New Jersey's Bon Jovi has survived and thrived for a quarter of a century, music critics be damned.

This weekend viewers can catch a behind-the-scenes glance at how these native sons have survived while other groups fell to the wayside.

Showtime will air "Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful," a black and white documentary on the group's 2008 Lost Highway World Tour, on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.

The film will help Bon Jovi promote their new studio album, "The Circle," which will drop Nov. 10.

The documentary, which was acquired by Showtime, goes on the road with Bon Jovi to Abu Dhabi, Dublin, Marbella, Munich, London and the closer locales of Madison Square Garden and Central Park.

The band members — Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan — also do candid one-on-one interviews with director Phil Griffin, a filmmaker and photographer. They talk about the group almost breaking up, their own personal demons, their success and the loneliness of life on the road.

There's no question that Jon Bon Jovi is the boss of the band, with a hands-on grip on its financial affairs.

"True, it isn't a democracy," Jon Bon Jovi says in the film. "I've had a vision. The vision seems to work."

People who know anything about Jon Bon Jovi — who is a successful actor, and politically and civically involved — would peg Jon Bon Jovi as an empty-headed pretty boy. But in "When We Were Beautiful," he cements a new image, that of a hard-nosed, savvy, ambitious, calculating, worrisome and sometimes profane businessman.

Approached about investing in a pro-football team, Jon Bon Jovi is seen talking on the phone to his potential partner in the deal. Jon Bon Jovi tells the man he wants to meet with him, so he can see that Jon is not a rock-band cliché.

"I'm the CEO of a major corporation who is running a brand for 25 years," Jon Bon Jovi says.

In fact, Jon Bon Jovi just made history when he struck a unique deal to be NBC Universal's first "Artist in Residence." Under the pact, Bon Jovi will appear exclusively on NBC Universal TV outlets for two months to promote "The Circle." That includes appearances on the flagship NBC network and cable channels such as Bravo.

The "When We Were Beautful" documentary, from Oscar and Emmy-award winning producers, was done when Bon Jovi had reached a new peak, with the No. 1 album and No. 1 grossing tour in 2008, according to Billboard magazine

On the group's Web site, Jon Bon Jovi lists his hometown as Sayreville. He now lives in a mansion on the Navesink River in Middletown. Sambora's hometown is Woodbridge, and he resides in California now.

Bryan's hometown is Edison, and he still lives in New Jersey, while Torres, originally from New York, resides in Florida.

Music critics have always loved another Jersey artist, Bruce Springsteen. But in "When We Were Beautiful," both Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan tackle dead-on the fact that while fans love them and they've had huge commercial success, music critics have consistently panned them.

"We're still not the critics' darlings," Bryan says.
But Jon Bon Jovi seems to have made peace with that. The rocker points out that he's been "the Tom Cruise of the music business and the Elvis Costello of the acting business."

He says he's received great reviews for his acting, mainly in small independent films, but won "zero commercial success" for those efforts. In contrast, critics don't like his music, but "the masses" do.

"Do I really want to be the Elvis Costello" or the "Cruise and Schwarzenegger" of music "and be here forever?" he asks.

Before the tour's show at Madison Square Garden, Jon Bon Jovi points out to the band and crew that the group has been together 25 years.

"We're not supposed to still be here," he says.

But as "When We Were Beautiful" shows, it hasn't been easy. The band members discuss the time they almost broke up.

"It was almost over," Torres says.

Jon Bon Jovi brought in a psychologist, Lou Cox, to help mediate the band members' differences.

Torres opens up and talks about making peace with his father, beating alcoholism and taking up art and golf instead of the bottle.

"He was a really bad drunk," Jon Bon Jovi says. "'T' was a very, mean, mean man."

Sambora talks candidly about his difficult last few years, a "dark period," when he was living through the death of his father and his well-publicized divorce from Heather Locklear. He credits Jon Bon Jovi with pulling him through that period.

For Jon Bon Jovi, there are the burdens of being away from home, Jersey, and the headaches of taking care of business.

He misses his children, and says he's selfish for touring and being away from them.

"There's four kids at home that are going, ‘Where the f--k are you?'" he says.

Jon Bon Jovi describes doing a concert to thousands of screaming fans, then going to a hotel room, ears still ringing, with no one to talk to. Your family is in another time zone, so you can't call them.

"It's a lonely existence," he says.

Jon Bon Jovi is also seen fretting over tangled plans for the band to do a free concert in Central Park, an effort that he calls a "fiasco." Blaming "lawyers," he is afraid the concert is going to have to be cancelled, and Bon Jovi will be blamed - not Mayor Bloomberg or agents or attorneys.

"No wonder why I've got a f--king headache and I'm going gray," Jon Bon Jovi says.

But the problems are resolved, because the next scene is a press conference with Bloomberg and Jon Bon Jovi announcing the free Central Park concert for July 12.

Jon Bon Jovi tells reporters it's "The perfect bookend to an incredible tour."

As the group gets ready to perform, Sambora jokingly laments that his daughter Ava (from his marriage to Locklear) won't be at his historic Central Park concert. Instead, she will be going to a Jonas Brothers concert that night,

Sambora mimics her voice, saying, "I love Nick."

The group is shown performing to a seemingly endless sea of people at Central Park,

But the documentary starts and ends with scenes of Bon Jovi getting ready for a concert at Madison Square Garden, where they sold out for two nights and ended their tour. Backstage family members — including both Sambora's mother Joan and daughter Ava, and Jon Bon Jovi's mother Carol — kick back with the band before it performs.

The group members celebrate their New Jersey roots and the bond they have.

"It comes from the way we grew up," Sambora says.

Torres similarly sums up Bon Jovi's blue-collar approach to their careers.

"We're going to fight to make it the best band, the best music and the best show possible," he says. "That's inherent in our upbringing. That's a Jersey-New York signature. You'll find it with anybody from that area."


New Jersey's band opens up at New York screening of ‘Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful' documentary

Bon Jovi set to be first band to kick off in new Meadowlands Stadium

I have no doubt it will be well worth the wait.


Bon Jovi on USA Network...

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Super" new USA spot. If you watch the USA network, starting tonight during the premiere of the network newest show, White Collar, you will hear Superman Tonight over a new character brand promo:

Planning to watch the premiere of USA Network’s White Collar tonight? Word of advice: Don’t fast-forward through the commercials — particularly if you’re a Bon Jovi fan. At some point during the show’s 72-minute episode (beginning at 10 pm/ET), the network will premiere the “Superman Tonight” track from Bon Jovi’s upcoming album The Circle over a nifty new character brand promo starring such USA MVPs as Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, James Roday, Dule Hill, and Jeff Goldblum. This just in: An exclusive first look at the nifty spot is after the jump! (But you should still watch the commercials tonight. And then immediately go buy all the products advertised. If you don’t, the TV business may die and no one wants that.)

Click here and scroll down beyond the news blurb to watch the video.


What a Day!

So, my little experience had to be about the craziest thing I have ever done. I left my house Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 and headed to my friend Tara’s house. Got there about 7:00 p.m. after only two wrong turns this time and that's not bad considering my lack of sense of direction.

Her friend SamboraStar came over shortly after that, we had pizza, talked, watched some seriously naughty Jovi (Rio - circa 1990). Took a shower and hit the sheets around 11:00 p.m. The annoying buzzing alarm went off at 2:20 a.m. and we were up, dressed and out the door at 3 to pick up her girlfriends and head down to East Rutherford, New Jersey!

After two potty stops and some much needed coffee we landed at the Meadowlands at 7:30 and were in line by 7:50. There were about 100 people or so ahead of us already at that point. come to find out, some people had showed up at midnight to wait. And I thought I was crazy.

We saw Sam and BigAppleJoviGirl before and after the show. The line steadily grew and the crowding to the front started and drew the attention of one of the staffers who came by with a worthless bull horn telling everyone that there was no need to push or crowd and once inside not to run.

Just shy of 11 they started letting us in. They checked bags and tickets and we were good to go. We ended up about 8-10 rows back right between the white mic and Richie. Though “Big Tall Guy” was right in front of me and every time I moved, he moved and damn if half my pictures don't contain the back of his ugly head. Bastard.

The set list was short, only six songs: Who Says, We Weren’t Born to Follow, Bad Name, Wanted, It’s My Life and Prayer. The guys all looked amazing and Jon was in a great mood. We Weren't Born to Follow totally rocked live. And Richie's solo was amazing! We had a great time despite the brevity of the show. Even the weather cooperated. It couldn’t have been better for the end of October.

We got back to the car at just after 1 and decided to just hang out for a little bit before trying to get out of the lot. Sam found us and come to find out her ride parked right in front of us! We chatted for a few minutes and they took off as BAJG had to go to work yesterday afternoon.

Rutpop found us next. Met her husband and talked with them too. KTFcoyote found us too. After chatting a bit more we piled into Tara’s car and headed to find some food before making out way back to Albany. After dropping off her friends I got back into my own car around 7 and finally landed at castle de Queenie at 10:45. After being awake for nearly 20 hours yesterday, I have a feeling I’m going to be sleeping all weekend just to catch up.

All in all, it was a great experience and I’m glad I got the chance to go.

Oh, have ya'll seen the new stadium? It's freaking huge and supposedly holds 80+ thousand people. Can't hardly wait to see a show there. Wonder how much those tickets will be?

Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday. I know the date is splashed all over them, but I don't know how to shut that feature off and forgot to ask the Hub before I left Wednesday. Dammit. I tried to crop it out and managed to do so in some pics and not in others. At least "Big Tall Guy" got some of his head cropped out of most of them.


I Can't Freakin' Believe it...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I actually won tickets for the "secret show" tomorrow.  Yep, you read that right.  I won tickets!  Oh my God!  I can hardly stand the wait.  I'm so friggin' excited.  I could hardly sleep last night.  I only entered on a whim.  

The deadline to enter to win was yesterday (Tuesday) at 11:00 a.m.  I went to the PLJ website at 10:30 and just for the hell of it, I entered.  I live way outside the listening area, but I do stream the station from time to time while I'm working.  I NEVER expected to get an e-mail saying I had won.  Imagine my surprise last night when I was checking Queenie Mail and there it was. 

Your entry has been selected to receive the passcode that provides you the chance to get FOUR (4) free tickets to the Bon Jovi Secret Show!

The doors open at 11am. Arrive early to the secret location THIS Thursday, October 22 in Northern, New Jersey! Tickets are available on a first come, first-served basis.


When I told the Hub last night the first thing he asked was "why the hell did you do that?"  After I explained that I didn't think I was going to win and that I couldn't believe I actually had, he said "so go."  Well, how about that.  Have I mentioned that I married a fantastic guy?  He indulges me, a lot. 

I wasn't sure I could swing it, but I've worked out most everything.  Just waiting on boss man to get here so I can beg off work this afternoon and tomorrow. 

EEEEEEEEEEEE, did I mention I'm a little excited?!


"Secret Show" Location?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Could Seacacus be the location for the Bon Jovi show Thursday?

Rumor: Bon Jovi in Secaucus

Oct 20th, 2009
By eSecaucus
Category: Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center, On tap, Secaucus, events

Jersey rockers Bon Jovi are planning a “secret show” for Oct. 22 in the Garden State and rumors are flying that the group is eyeing Secaucus as a potential locale.

The group, which is releasing a new album called “The Circle” on Nov. 10 and premiering a documentary on Showtime this week, could be slated for the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center.

No one’s talking, but members of their fan club were supposed to be notified if they won an online drawing by noon today.

The show is planned for 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Jon Bon Jovi is appearing on “Inside the Actors Studio” tonight in New York.

Hmmmm, guess we'll have to wait to find out for sure on Thursday.




Don't forget to tune into Showtime tonight at 8 for the sneak peek...


Camden Playground...

I know our fair Goddess posted about this already, but I found another article and a whole slew of pictures I'd like to share. 

This is from the Courier Post in South Jersey:

CAMDEN — It's not every day that iconic rock stars frequent vacant lots near downtown Camden. But there he was -- Jon Bon Jovi -- surrounded by a horde of volunteers, local dignitaries and curious onlookers on a sunny Monday morning.

The New Jersey native has been to Camden previously to give concerts on the waterfront. On Monday, he made his first public appearance in the city not to sing, but to highlight community efforts to fix up blighted lots and an outdated playground.

Bon Jovi helped fund both projects this fall through a foundation he started to rebuild communities and assist those living in poverty.

"I'm proud to stand with those who have tried for so long to be heard," he told a crowd of about 230 people in Lanning Square. "Government can't do it alone, nonprofits can't do it alone, the residents can't do it alone. But the goal can be achieved. It's going to take commitment."

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Here are some of the pics...


Opening Night...

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's October 19. Opening night for Memphis on Broadway. From all reviews it has been a smash. I hope I get a chance to see it.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee had this to say:

How do you capture the city of Memphis in a Broadway musical?

Is it even conceivable that someone -- especially someone who has never lived here -- would be brave (or foolhardy) enough to grapple with the city's complex history of race, its legacy as the hometown of rock and roll, its bluesy shades of pain and poverty, and derive from all of that a feel-good musical delicate enough for a place whose nickname is the Great White Way?

Isn't a Broadway song about Memphis music like expecting Corky's-style ribs out of a microwave?

Wasn't Memphis music covered in Velveeta once called Pat Boone?

Tonight in New York City, the country's top theater critics will take their posts in Broadway's 1,400-seat Shubert Theatre to judge whether the latest original rock and roll musical lives up to the name on the marquee: "Memphis."

The creators know they're playing with history. They're playing with the soul of America. No doubt, they're also playing with fire.

"Everything about it is a risk," says playwright Joe DiPietro. "It's not a famous title. It's not based on a movie. There was no talk about bringing in stars. And it cost $12 million to put on."

At least DiPietro and collaborator David Bryan have a good grasp of reality.

But they also have a darn good feeling about the show.

Since work began on it more than six years ago, "Memphis" has kept moving forward on the strength of its reviews and a wave of standing ovations at each of its four coast-to-coast tryouts, from Boston to Seattle.

Not too shabby for a couple of guys from New Jersey who've spent as much time in Memphis as any veteran rock-and-roll tourist.

Back in the late 1990s, DiPietro started with the notion of a script about the pioneering deejays of early rock radio, the ones who were the first to cross the color barrier on the largely segregated airwaves.

DiPietro already had a couple of successful Off-Broadway shows under his belt. His first hit musical about relationships, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" was described as the "Seinfeld" of musical comedy. His play about a quartet of beloved grandparents, "Over the River and Through the Woods," earned him rave comparisons with Neil Simon.

Before he got too involved with his deejay project, however, Elvis Presley Enterprises called. Could he write a musical using the Elvis catalog, a la "Mamma Mia!"?

While in Memphis doing research for the short-lived Broadway musical "All Shook Up," he took in the vibe of the city.

"It's a town that you have to feel," he says. "The history is easy. You can look that part up on the Internet. You have to be here to feel what it is."

What ultimately stuck with him the most was the legacy of Dewey Phillips, the fast-talking disc jockey who broadcast his popular nighttime radio show on WHBQ-AM from the mezzanine of the Chisca Hotel. In 1954, he was the first to air an Elvis Presley record.

DiPietro started with a Dewey and ended up with a Huey, a fictionalized version of the groundbreaking personality whose real-life story turned out to be a bit too tragic for uplifting Broadway fare.

"The key to the show came when we thought: 'Wouldn't it be great if he fell in love with a person who embodied his first love, which was African-American music?'" DiPietro says. "Once we found that, the story became a very personal one."

"Memphis" evolved into a love story with a twist, as Huey falls for a young black singer on Beale Street despite the racial taboos of the segregated 1950s.

The day composer David Bryan read DiPietro's script, the music it inspired came out of him so fast that he jumped off his stationary bike near the swimming pool and rushed into his home recording studio.

Bryan, the keyboard player for the rock group Bon Jovi, was a virtual stranger to musical theater. At that time, he professed to have seen two stage shows in his whole life: "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Arsenic and Old Lace," both shows his parents dragged him to as a kid.

"I heard the entire musical in my head," Bryan says. "I heard a nine-piece band. I heard all the characters. I got the drum machine, piano, organ, guitar, bass, put down all the background vocals, burned a CD and FedEx-ed a song to Joe the next day."

DiPietro was stunned. "I thought: This is fantastic! Here's the guy I want to work with. I hope he's not crazy."

Bryan never thought that "Memphis" should be a period piece.

"I didn't want to write a '50s musical," he says. "It's me looking through modern eyes, looking back. There was a great special on PBS, the difference between Soulsville (in Memphis) and Hitsville (in Detroit). Soulsville's music was just nasty. Donald 'Duck' Dunn laying down that nasty bass. The Memphis Horns. It's the basis for modern music. It really begat rock and roll."

One tune that stops the show, "Memphis Lives In Me," is more than a little reminiscent of Marc Cohn's hit, "Walking in Memphis," the way it paints a vivid picture of the city. Could it be a standalone hit? Bryan wouldn't have any objection to that.

"David writes songs for the radio," says actor Chad Kimball, who has played Huey since the first production of the script. "It's hard for me to be objective about the music any more when the crowd is jumping to its feet every night. I think the show really grabs people, holds a mirror up to them."

Likely, the success of Broadway's "Memphis" won't rely on authenticity at all, but on the almost mythological romance that has built up around this iconic American city.

Even much of the cast has adapted their roles to the idea of Memphis, as opposed to the reality.

Kimball was born and raised in Seattle. His first visit to Memphis was during a promotional trip for the show last August. Montego Glover, who plays his love interest, is from Chattanooga and has visited more frequently. Aside from a handful of investors from Memphis, the lead producers are New Yorkers.

The yet-unanswered question of the show's ability to market Memphis' unique atmosphere hasn't stopped the city itself from jumping on the "Memphis" bandwagon.

"We're going to be there in force on opening night," said Kevin Kane of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The Peabody Ducks will even be at the after-party. We're hoping for a very successful run of the show.

"There is a marquee one block off of Times Square that's lit up every night with the name 'Memphis.' There's no way we could ever buy that kind of positive publicity."

I need to get my butt back to NYC to see this show. Either that, it needs to tour and come to my hometown!


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