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When We Were Beautiful...

Friday, May 21, 2010

The video is now available!


The brand new music video for Bon Jovi's, "When We Were Beautiful" is now up on, and Backstage JBJ Members get to see it first. The video will premiere to the public at 12:00 am PST Monday, May 24th on Want access to this video and other exclusive offers, but not a member yet? Find out more info at

This is one of those times when I wish I was a member. *sigh* Guess I just have to wail til Monday.


Friday Funnies...


This Made Me Laugh...

I saw this in my alerts yesterday and really, while it made me chuckle, I didn't think too much of it. (Although yesterday's was titled Does Jon Bon Jovi Make the Maracas Sexy? Um, hell yes!) Now, as it landed in my alerts again this morning, I just had to share...

Is Jon Bon Jovi The New Ricky Martin?

Is Jon Bon Jovi the new Ricky Martin? That's the question we're asking ourselves after seeing this footage from The Jov's current world tour.

Video from their show in Nashville has leaked showing Jon Bon Jovi getting down n' dirty with a pair of maracas.

We have no idea when this touch of salsa became part of the show, but the sight of him in rhythmic overdrive during "Keep The Faith" sent the crowd wild - particularly his female fans who now make up eighty per cent of Bon Jovi's audience.

Jon's committment to his new toy is par excellence, as the video so brilliantly demonstrates.


We all know he's been playing those damn maracas for years, so why are they just now being noticed?


Tico Torres - Cigar Aficionado

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rock Steady

Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is known for pounding the skins with fervor, but at home he relaxes with fine art, golf and great cigars

When he performs around the world as the drummer for the mega-rock band Bon Jovi, Tico Torres gets screams of adulation�but when he drives his Denali into the Admiral's Cove golf club near his home in Jupiter, Florida, the girl at the gate waves him through with a smile and a "Hi, Mr. Torres!"

He gets the same treatment from the staff as he walks through the club's main building and into the dining room. Compact and muscular, with neatly sculpted (and graying) sideburns and soul patch, dressed all in black ("because I'm a musician, and from hanging out with Gary Player"), Torres slides into a seat near a window, offering smiles and "How are ya's?" to other members, who seem to take a certain protective pride in having a celebrity as a fellow regular at the club.

Torres orders an omelet with ham and onions, bacon on the side. "My son (six-year-old Hector) came to me the other day and said, 'Dad, you're famous,'" he says. "When I asked where he'd heard that, it turned out the neighbor's kids had told him. He had no idea. It's a little strange when your son notices."

He's a member of one of the rock world's bigger acts. Bon Jovi has sold 120 million albums and 34 million concert tickets in its 27 years, but Torres enjoys relative anonymity.

"I don't mind being in the background," he says. "As the drummer, I get to watch the show and perform. I don't mind walking into a room where nobody knows who I am. There's a beauty to that. I started playing for the sheer joy and creativity of it."

The meal finished, he warms up at the course's driving range, then lights an Avo cigar as he heads for the first tee.

He cranks his drive down the middle of the fairway, then lofts a 3-iron to within a club's length of the par-4 hole, putting to claim a birdie. "I started with a handicap of around 20 and brought it down to about a nine," he says. "But when I haven't played for a while, it's more like a 15."

Like many golfers, Torres has found that cigars and golf go hand in hand. He typically favors recent vintage smokes, but one year while playing in the Dunhill Pro-Am at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa, the club's founder, Johann Rupert, offered him a cigar from the 1950s. "That was such a treat," Torres says. "Supposedly, after two years, a cigar loses some of its life. Generally, I prefer a cigar from my era. But those cigars tasted really good."

Golf is Torres's outlet for relaxation as well as his exercise when Bon Jovi is on the road. While the other members of the band head for the gym on tour, 56-year-old Torres uses his days off to hit the local links.

"I've met a lot more interesting people through golf than through my career," says Torres. "Willie Nelson got me into golf. I love the integrity of the game. You meet people and spend the day doing things together. You might be from two totally different walks of life but you have that time together."

He's befriended several professional golfers and played rounds with many of the greats, including Tiger Woods. Asked if it was humbling to go tee-to-green with Woods, Torres doesn't miss a beat: "But he can't play drums."

Woods is one of the golfers Torres wants to include in a collection he's been working on since 1996: bronze casts of the golf grip of many of the sport's greats.

"I thought, you see 3-D views of a lot of parts of golf, but never of the hands," says Torres, an accomplished painter and sculptor. "So I started doing casts of major winners' hands. I did Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Gary Player�a bunch of them. I donated them to the St. Andrews Museum, with the provision that people could touch them. That was my gift to golf."

As he played a relaxed 18 holes, Torres was a couple weeks away from returning to the road with Bon Jovi. The Circle Tour, named after the group's latest release, kicked off in Hawaii on February 11 and will eventually span the world before ending in summer 2011. That schedule would take its toll on any performer, but drummers take a particularly hard pounding, moving arms and legs almost nonstop for an entire show, which lasts two-and-a-half to three hours. To prepare for the physical rigors, Torres begins working out several weeks ahead of time, exercising on a Stairmaster and strengthening his core.

"It's about getting your heart and your lungs ready," he says. "Mainly, it's about getting my wind up. Doing a show is like boxing�your heart rate goes up and down. It takes a couple of weeks to feel like I'm in command physically."

On stage, Torres attacks his drums with ferocity from start to finish. One particularly noteworthy fan, Queen Elizabeth II, spoke up after Bon Jovi played in Liverpool. "Your arms must be so tired," she said with admiration, then quizzed Torres on his stamina and workout regimen. "That was special to me," Torres says.

"There's no one better behind the kit," says Jon Bon Jovi, via an e-mail interview. "He does things, without the use of technology, that would take a drummer and a percussionist to pull off live. And there's no one more loyal and loving than Tico."

you can read the rest of the article here.


HersheyPark Stadium...

A few pictures from last night's show...



David Bryan @ Q104.3...

From Q104.3 this morning. David stopped by earlier this morning for a chat and a performance of Memphis Lives in Me.

If you click on the link to the radio station page, there is a link to listen to the broadcast as well.

*sigh* I so need to see this show...


Bon Jovi - HersheyPark Stadium 5-19-10

From The Patriot News:

Bon Jovi brings back the '80s at Hersheypark Stadium

Why has Bon Jovi persevered when other bands of the ’80s have faded away?

“They respect their fans, and they respect their music,” said Victoria Siegrist, 53, of Lebanon, a longtime fan at her third show who brought daughter Morgan, 22, to her first as a graduation present. “They’re real; they don’t try to be more than they are.”

“Their music seems to speak to normal people, and they haven’t changed their sound,” said Jennifer Rovan, 33, of Johnstown, a fan since the fifth grade and attending her 13th show.

Her husband, Moe, 40, said, “His songs are an inspiration to all of humanity.”

“They keep writing good music [but] they always do something a little different to keep the imagination [going],” said Kurt Scherlinsky, 49, of Carlisle, a fan since the beginning but who was at his first show.

“Their music is not cheap, it’s not sleazy — it has emotion, and it makes me feel good when I listen to it,” he said.

“You can’t help but move to his music — it exudes sexiness,” said Maria Noss, 31, of New Cumberland, attending her second show while pregnant with daughter Avery, due in August. “[And Jon Bon Jovi] does a lot of charity work — he’s not out there in Us Weekly doing stupid things. He’s a family man and he seems to stick to that.”

But the performance Wednesday night that kicked off the Hersheypark Stadium summer concert series made the real answer obvious: because they still do what they do, relatively unchanged, and they do it really well.

They are still the purveyors of good-time, vaguely Americana rock ’n’ roll, full of hope, defiance and love conquering all.

And they continued to do so on the first date of the outdoor leg of the tour in support of their 11th album, the solid “The Circle.”

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi, still looking trim and flashing his megawatt grin, started things off with “Blood on Blood,” backed by equally fit guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres.

The new track “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” much in the sonic mold of many Bon Jovi hits, followed with its rousing, uplifting message.

But they still know how to have the fun they had in the 1980s, blasting through “You Give Love a Bad Name” with enough energy to take away any concern of being dated.

Jon Bon Jovi was in strong voice throughout — he might be singing better now than he did then. The wonderful groove of “Whole Lot of Leavin’ ” led into a punchy “Born to Be My Baby” and a lush “Lost Highway.”

A midset highlight was the new track “When We Were Beautiful,” a wry, regretful tale of lost youth, but one still full of hope. For Bon Jovi, the glass is always half full. Another well-received new track was “Superman Tonight,” and the thundering, sexy groove of “We Got It Goin’ On” broke the thoughtful mood nicely.

A raucous “Bad Medicine” and a powerful “It’s My Life” came next in rapid succession. “Love’s the Only Rule” was a nice moment, Bon Jovi finally venturing out onto the giant catwalk that projected into the crowd and urging the crowd, in a whisper, to sing.

Sambora lent his gritty, bluesy voice to “Lay Your Hands On Me,” and Jon Bon Jovi did a lovely turn on the romantic and sweet “Make a Memory.”

The two joined forces on the catwalk for “I’ll Be There For You,” belting out some great harmonies — Bon Jovi potent on the melody, Sambora soaring above. While Bon Jovi might have spoken of being rusty, he was being modest — the band’s performance quality is still there in spades, even after a long layoff.

A smoking little set by Baltimore’s Charm City Devils and a longer one by Harrisburg’s own Fuel kicked things off. But the headliners would not be upstaged — age and life experience and a wider range of songwriting interests have made Bon Jovi a better band than they were in their heyday.


Daughtry to be a Daddy again...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Some very exciting news from the Daughtrys!

Chris and his wife Deanna Daughtry are proud to announce that they are expecting twins this November. Due to Deanna's partial hysterectomy in 2006 the couple used IVF and had their embryos transferred to a gestational surrogate, the babies will join the couples' other children – Hannah and Griffin.

"Deanna and I are overjoyed about this double blessing," says Chris. "Thank you for your expressions of love and support and for respecting for our privacy during this special time."

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Daughtry!!


Story Update...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yes my darlings, it's true. There is a new chapter of Sweet Dreams up. First, let me thank you all for your patience. I've been dealing with a nasty case of writer's block and was finally able to work through it. I hope you think this chapter was worth waiting for.

Second, we're at Chapter 100. Yikes! When I started this story way back when I never envisioned it going this long. I hope you don't think I've dragged it out. Eventually it will come to an end, all good things do.

Enjoy this chapter and I hope to post more regularly now that I've found my words again.


Wanna Open for Bon Jovi?

Bon Jovi is giving local bands a chance to open for them during their residency at London's O2 Arena...

Bon Jovi Appeal For Bands To Open London Shows

Bon Jovi are offering aspiring musicians a once-in-a-lifetime shot at fame - they're giving up-and-coming bands the chance to open for the rock icons when they take to the stage in London this summer.

The Livin' On A Prayer hit-makers will perform a 12-date residency at the O2 Arena next month and they want new talent to warm up for them on their five opening dates. Applicants have been invited to upload content about their band online at The information will then be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Bon Jovi's management company, to determine the five finalists.

A post on the website reads: "If you are in a band, looking for a break - then this is as good as it gets... We are looking for 5 fresh and promising new bands to fill the opening nights at The O2 arena... Start uploading videos and content which proves that you're good enough to open for Bon Jovi."

Entrants have until May 31st to take part in the competition. Bon Jovi kick off their O2 residency on June 7th and will be supported by Kid Rock and OneRepublic on their remaining London dates.



A Legend Lost...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dead at 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.

"Today my heart is broken, Wendy Dio wrote on the singer's site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

"Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all," Wendy Dio continued. "We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us ... Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O'Connor.

Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.

Dio then replaced legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the critically acclaimed album "Heaven And Hell," considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy-metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath touched off an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band — a discussion that lasted until his death.

He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath). Dio was also inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood in 2007.

Many of his most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including his signature tune "Heaven And Hell. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in songs like "Neon Knights, "Killing The Dragon and "Stargazer.

"He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it, said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. "He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.

Dio organized an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called "Hear N Aid" to raise money for famine relief in Africa, styled on the successful "We Are The World" campaign of a few years earlier.

His solo hits included "Rainbow In The Dark," "The Last In Line" and "Holy Diver."

Wendy Dio said that friends and family were able to say their goodbyes to her husband, and asked for privacy. She concluded: "Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."



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