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Saturday, October 23, 2010

In my own words, Jon Bon Jovi

He’s survived the success and excess of three decades as a rock god, yet the 48-year-old credits being a good father and husband as his greatest triumph. 
A band is like a marriage or a family.
It was hard for us early on because, like in a new relationship, we were trying to figure each other out. You had to be careful about what you said or did, because sometimes people interpret things incorrectly. Everybody has their idiosyncrasies, but when you’ve been around each other for nearly three decades, as we have, you know what they are, so you don’t misinterpret them.
Richie [Sambora, Bon Jovi’s guitarist] and I are closer than brothers.
There have been periods of love and less than love between us, but I don’t think there was ever a period
of disrespect. He’s had a few setbacks. He’s been through a difficult divorce [from Heather Locklear], he’s had other personal problems [with substance abuse], but he got through it. I’ve spent more of my life with him than I have without him. That’s a statement.
I was playing bars at 16.
Doing that gave me the opportunity to cut my chops. I also had the innocence and naïvety of youth to believe music was a real possibility. If you came from New Jersey and saw Bruce Springsteen do it, you thought maybe you could, too.
During Bon Jovi’s big success in the mid-’80s, I wasn’t sane.
When Slippery When Wet was big, I was doing too many things I shouldn’t have been. I wasn’t looking after myself. I was physically exhausted and worried about what came tomorrow, instead of enjoying today. If I were a manager, I’d tell a kid that had huge success to go to bed and call me in a year.
At that time, even my parents started asking me for advice.
I thought, no, no, I’m still a 25-year-old idiot – I don’t know anything. Suddenly, I’m signing cheques, thinking, where did that sort of money come from? I went from being a singer in a band to the head of a corporation.
Bon Jovi isn’t a democracy.
I make the decisions and that’s the way it is. I have to live with the good and bad of the outcome, because the decision lies with me. But I’m willing to accept that to have control. Looking back, there isn’t much I wouldn’t do again, except maybe some of the hairstyles, and a few of the outfits.
If you play a Bon Jovi song in a bar anywhere in the world, people will sing it.  That’s beyond comprehension to me. I was just a kid strumming a tennis racquet in my bedroom. Having songs that people know the world over is crazy. I’m very grateful and humbled by it.
I really don’t care about fame.
I was on the beach with my kids the other day, and nobody cared. You can be so full of yourself, you tell everyone what you do. Or, you can think, that’s just what I did last night; that’s my job.
I’m blessed with four healthy kids and a wife who tolerates me.
That, to me, is success. My wife knew me before I was ‘me’. Our [21-year] marriage is up and down, like any relationship. It is what it is. It isn’t perfect, but I got it right the first time. I don’t even make jokes about it any more. I’m lucky and I wouldn’t trade it.
My kids are aware of the Lindsay Lohans of the world.
They think that sort of life is crappy and don’t want anything to do with it. On the other hand, sometimes there are people in my house and the kids will say, “Wow, really? You?” But,
in general, we keep them out of the spotlight.
My eight-year-old son, Jake, has ‘it’.
He should be an actor. But I don’t push him; my kids have to find it on their own. My daughter, Stephanie, is 17 and she has the ability to be something, if she chooses. But growing up in the shadow of a famous parent isn’t fair. You have to want to do it.
If you love what you do, chances are, it’s going to resonate.
If you write a song that means something to somebody because they can relate to it, or it becomes a part of the patchwork of their life and marks a memory of a time and place when they heard it, that’s success. But the accomplishments, the number-ones, the sold-out arenas – it’s all horse sh*t. None of that matters.
I’m a romantic optimist.
I believe in the common good. I’m liberal-minded, open to co-existing and I don’t care if you’re gay or straight, black or white, Jewish, Muslim or Christian. Because I’ve been so blessed, I don’t see why others can’t achieve and be and do. Some people call that naïvety, others call it a promise of hope.
Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits is in stores November 5.



Friday Funnies...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yup, it's Friday!


Out and About...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jon and the missus were spotted on the streets of SoHo the other day...

And would you look at that, he seems to have forgotten his hat at home...


November - Greatest Hits Launch...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Get your DVR's ready, November is going to be a crazy Bon Jovi filled month!

Bon Jovi Launch Greatest Hits With Over 1 Billion Impressions Worldwide !!!!

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 1 billion consumer impressions worldwide – encompassing social networks and traditional media – will support the November 9th release of Bon Jovi's brand new GREATEST HITS compilation on Island Records, featuring new single, "What Do You Got?" - the fastest growing Hot AC single in Bon Jovi's history!
The project is topped by several high-profile campaigns – ranging from the ongoing "It's My Life Animoto Video Contest" at; to the two-month Comcast takeover (reaching 26 million households); and a 45 minute "Live on Letterman" webcast concert performance (presented by AT&T) on the release date, November 9th, in conjunction with the band's two-song broadcast appearance on the show that same night.

Prior to Bon Jovi's Letterman date on November 9th, the band will perform live at the MTV EMAs in Madrid on November 7th, where they will be presented with the first-ever Global Icon Award. The next night, November 8th marks the premiere of the Bon Jovi movie One Night Only, documenting their historic concerts at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey in May 2010. One Night Only will premiere on over 750 movie screens worldwide.

In addition to the Letterman date on November 9th, Clear Channel Stripped/iheartradio will also air a 5-song performance broadcast on over 450 radio station websites. November 9th also marks the launch of the new RockBand 3 video game, featuring Bon Jovi. Another historic event will take place on Veterans Day, November 11th, when New York's WPLJ radio presents Bon Jovi Live from the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, at which the band will give fans an intimate sneak preview of their upcoming 2011 world tour.

Bon Jovi's November 9th Letterman webcast concert performance, which will stream live on and, and will be broadcast on CBS radio stations nationwide, kicks off nearly a month of live TV performances in support of the album. These continue with NBC's The Today Show (Nov. 12th); A&E's Private Sessions (Nov. 14th); ABC's American Music Awards (Nov. 21st); the syndicated Ellen (Nov. 23rd); CNN's Larry King Live (interview only, Nov. 23rd) and CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (Nov. 25th).

Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS will transport listeners back in time through the band's worldwide monster hits of the past and offer a bridge to the future with the debut of four brand new tracks. The single-CD 16-song program will be chock full of their biggest chart-toppers including "Livin' On A Prayer," "Always," "It's My Life," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Who Says You Can't Go Home," to name a few. Two new songs round out the tracklisting, including the new single "What Do You Got?" whose video was shot in stunning stereoscopic 3D with noted director Wayne Isham.

A second configuration, GREATEST HITS - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be a 28-song double-CD package. Disc one will contain the 16-song standard edition CD, and disc two will feature beloved fan favorites including "Bed of Roses," "Blood on Blood," "These Days," and "Keep The Faith," to name a few. Disc two will also contain the third and fourth new tracks. All four new tracks – "What Do You Got?," "The More Things Change," "No Apologies," and "This Is Love, This Is Life" – were written and recorded specifically for inclusion in this compilation.

The complete tracklistings for Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS and Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is available at THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will also be available on vinyl as a limited edition 4-LP box set, and also as a Bon Jovi logo-shaped USB flash drive.

For more information on all things Bon Jovi, please visit



Story Update...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We have come to the end of Jon and Cilla's journey.
The Epilogue has been posted. 
I hope you have enjoyed their story.
A big, heartfelt thanks to all who have stopped by and read and left a comment or two.  I truly did and do appreciate all of you.

Thank you!


Richie a Strict Dad?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Richie Sambora: I'm a Really Strict Parent

Richie Sambora may be a rockstar, but he also prides himself on being a strict parent.

Hollyscoop talked EXCLUSIVELY to Sambora at his White Trash Beautiful Spring 2011 fashion show at Sunset Gower Studios, which also featured Report Signature shoes, and he told us about working with his daughter Ava, but keeping her on the straight and narrow at the same time.

“It’s so much fun,” Sambora said of working with Ava, who is one of WTB’s models. “I did a photo shoot with her a few years ago. I just said to the photographer, “Can you take some pictures for me, for my house of my daughter?’ And she went ‘Dad can I model?

You can read the rest of the chat here.   Or you can watch the video below. 


WTB Spring Fashion Show...

It's Fashion Week in LA and White Trash Beautiful debuted its Spring Line last night...

Yes, Heather was there (she's looking pretty good these days) and yes, Ava strutted her stuff once again on the runway.   She's becoming quite the model...


Happy Anniversary Memphis!

Memphis Celebrates One Year on Broadway!

The winner of four 2010 Tony awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS celebrated its one year anniversary on Broadway Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at the Shubert Theatre and again on Sunday, October 17 at B.B. King.

In addition, the principal actors of MEMPHIS will continue to blow the roof off of Broadway for yet another year. Tony nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, with Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, and James Monroe Iglehart have extended their contracts through September 2011. Cass Morgan and Michael McGrath will also continue in their roles.

Critically acclaimed MEMPHIS won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score (David Bryan and Joe DiPietro), Best Book (Joe DiPietro), and Best Orchestrations (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS won four Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Performance by an Actress (Montego Glover), Outstanding Music (David Bryan) and Outstanding Orchestration (David Bryan and Daryl Waters). MEMPHIS has also won four Outer Critic Circle Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Score (David Bryan & Joe DiPietro), Outstanding Actress (Montego Glover) and Outstanding Choreography (Sergio Trujillo).

MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member/keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Tony-winner Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), who also pens the musical's book. MEMPHIS is based on a concept by the late George W. George (producer of the Tony nominated Bedroom Farce and the film My Dinner With Andre), with direction by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball) fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer (Montego Glover). MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.

MEMPHIS will launch a U. S. national tour in Memphis, TN, beginning in October, 2011 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 South Main Street). Additional cities, dates and casting will be announced at a later date. The national tour will be booked by The Booking Group, contact MerEdith Blair (212) 869-9280

Scenic Design for MEMPHIS is by Tony Award winner David Gallo (The Drowsy Chaperone, Reasons to Be Pretty), Costume Design is by Tony nominee Paul Tazewell (In The Heights), Lighting Design is by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys) and Sound Design is by Ken Travis (The Threepenny Opera).

MEMPHIS is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, and Richard Winkler in association with Lauren Doll, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee.



Review: Bon Jovi @ Gulf Shores Public Beach

Sunday, October 17, 2010

 Bon Jovi 'lays his hands' on tens of thousands at Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The Bon Jovi relief concert on the beach in Gulf Shores started with a bang when opening band Green River Ordinance took the stage in front of tens of thousands, but by the time the headliner’s turn came, the event had reached a fever pitch.

The latest Concert for the Coast benefit was expected to draw 35,000 tonight, and judging from the shoulder-to-shoulder masses on the sugar-white sand, that goal was well within reach.
In-between songs in the early part of his set, Jon Bon Jovi reached out to the crowd, saying, "Out on the beach in Alabama on a Friday night! Are you with me out there?"

With the deafening reaction from the sprawling crowd, the question might have been better put: Is there anyone who isn’t?

Moving through hit songs such as "Blood on Blood," "Bad Medicine" and "Runaway" — even bringing out a fast-paced version of "Pretty Woman" — Bon Jovi had the crowd eating out of his hands.

The unity displayed in that one moment resonated with organizers of the concert, which is the second such event to take the place on the massive stage at the foot of Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores. Local boy Jimmy Buffett kicked off the series in July, bringing more than 30,000 to the shores of an area that was crippled by lost income in the wake of the BP oil spill, which began on April 20 and continued throughout most of the summer tourist season.

Tourism funds from BP, administered by the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, helped make the concert series happen. And tonight’s show was only part of the off-season celebration, which includes the Thunder on the Gulf powerboat races and ends with country star Brad Paisley’s concert on Sunday night.

With his trademark smile, and dressed in a black leather jacket and blue jeans, Bon Jovi held his fists in the air and sparked the crowd with a chorus of "Everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah!" during his hit "We Weren’t Born to Follow."

And considering occupancy rates reported in the range of 80 percent to 90 percent across the Alabama Gulf Coast for the weekend, the resulting roar was surely echoed by area business owners who were hoping for a windfall of profits a week after the "official" beach season ended with last week’s Shrimp Festival.

Officials with the coastal communities and the tourism bureau felt like that goal was achieved, as well as reaching an attendance of 35,000.

"This is absolutely spectacular for us," said Linda Whitlock, president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce. "Look at that beach!"

She could have been talking to Bon Jovi directly, for after playing crowd favorite "Shot Through the Heart," the New Jersey-born rocker smiled and said, "It’s been a while since we’ve been in Alabama, and judging by the sight of 35,000, I wonder why the hell it took us so long."

In all, his portion of the weekend’s festivities seemed to hit the mark, with crowds moving relatively well all along the beach’s boardwalk. The logistics of the event were a key point of improvement after Buffett’s summer concert, according to Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

"The good thing about this one is that we knew we knew what we were doing," Craft said. "Last time, we thought we knew.

"There’s a big difference."

All along the shore of the cooling Gulf waters, one thing is for sure: that difference will be measured in dollars.

Jon Bon Jovi in concert in Gulf Shores



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