Bon Jovi: CNN Heroes: A Jon Bon Jovi Reunion Special

This is kind of like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, except it's 1 degree and involves DFT (Deep Fried Turkey) himself, Jon Bon Jovi.

Elizabeth Coffee, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Nov 26, 2010

Did anyone else notice that the CNN Heroes awards show televised last night was a list of who's who of celebrities somehow linked to Jon Bon Jovi?

There was Kiefer Sutherland, who co-starred in Young Guns II as Doc, the only character in the movie who truly went out in a blaze of glory. If you don't know Jon Bon Jovi's connection to this movie, you are probably not a big enough fan to be reading this article.

There was Demi Moore, who played Janie in Jon's Destination Anywhere.

There was Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, who sang opposite Jon in "Who Says You Can't Go Home?"

(**NOTE**  I cannot believe with Jennifer Nettles being there Jon restrained himself from playing Who Says, Jon in the off chance that you'll read this I'm proud of you, like a parent is proud of a child who takes his or her first steps, or a Drug Rehabilitation counselor who celebrates a sobriety anniversary with a patient )
There was Kid Rock, who recently opened some shows for Bon Jovi.

There was Gerard Butler, who was photographed with JBJ at an Ace Hotel party in New York City following U2's Giants Stadium Show on September 24, 2009.

There was Halle Berry, who presented the "Linked Against Leukemia Award" in April 2010 at the DKMS' Annual Gala at which JBJ performed.

There was Renee Zellweger, who is part owner of the Blue Parrot restaurant in East Hampton, New York. Also part owner (among others) is JBJ.

There were John Legend and Marisa Tomei, both of whom were part of President Obama's inaugural celebration "We Are One" in January 2009. Also part of the celebration was JBJ.

There was LL Cool J, who is a current nominee for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Also nominated is Bon Jovi.

(**NOTE**  Also Ladies Loves Cool James had a certain guitarist by the name of Richie Sambora on his last album, like the article says about Keifer if you don't know who Richie is why the hell are reading this???)
In addition, both LL Cool J and JBJ can provide references for Monterone, a New York catering company. A third reference for Monterone is Anderson Cooper, who hosted the CNN Heroes show.

There was Aaron Eckhart, who in 2009 won a Cosmopolitan magazine's Fun Fearless Award. (Gerard Butler won in 2010.) The first ever male honoree for this award was Jon Bon Jovi in 2003.


Bon Jovi: Back Door Santa

I guess today officially starts the Christmas season.

Here's something from the 1988 Very Special Christmas album benefiting the Special Olympics, Back Door Santa 

You can tell this is during the Slippery tour, Jon's voice is SO fried.  

I can't help but wonder, Back Door Santa, Back Door to Heaven......  

A_ _ L  S _ X


Bon Jovi: Splashnews gives thanks (and so do I)

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for so many things, of which there is not enough space on this blog to list.

But Splashnews found out (via Twitter) that it's readers were thankful for Mr Deep Fried Turkey himself, Jon Bon Jovi.

I say amen, and pass the stuffing.

Or is it dressing?

Earlier today we asked our Twitter fans to tell us exactly who they’d
like to see pictures of on the site….and the overwhelming response
was…Jon Bon Jovi!
We’ve gone through the Splash archive and pulled out some of the sexiest pics of the star…and his hair.
Now if that isn’t a good enough reason to give thanks…we don’t know what is!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!

Bon Jovi: Jon is deeep frying his Turkey....

Yum, deep fried turkey is the best. Here's a little more from Jon's Extra interview.


Bon Jovi: Coming full Circle Jon Bon Jovi on success, more success and Twitter

Jon is right it is fun to touch a few million people with the press of a button (I only touch a few hundred, feel free to follow me on twitter @debee1015).

by Christopher Toh 

It has been a long road for Bon Jovi. One that stretches 27 years to be exact.

In that span of time, the American rock group has sold over 130 million records worldwide and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.

Best known for their hard rock stadium anthems like Livin' On A Prayer, Keep The Faith and It's My Life, Bon Jovi has also been honoured with numerous awards and accolades. And they're still going strong.

Pollstar has cited the band's Circle Tour as tops in the Top 20 Concert Tours for 2010 so far.

Earlier this week, the band - singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and current bassist Hugh McDonald - booted the unstoppable Taylor Swift off the top of the Canadian charts with their greatest hits collection, which also attained pole position in several countries in Europe.

So how does it feel to be one of the biggest rock bands from America? And are they too old to tweet? The 48-year-old headmaster Jon Bon Jovi tells all.

Why did you wait so long before releasing the Ultimate Collection?

It was part of a commitment to the record company. I would not have intended to release a second volume of greatest hits. I had to be convinced of it.

When I informed the record company in 2007 that I intended to go to Nashville to record what became Lost Highway, they thought I was going to make a pure country record. "Sure, of course, you can do whatever you like (but) will you agree to a greatest hits?" And I said, "It's a deal."

And as we began to write songs for what would become that greatest hits commitment, the economic downturn, the election of president Obama in America and a chain of events inspired what became The Circle. And the record company asked again if we would consider the greatest hits and I said, "Sure." This was an opportune time.

Greatest hits are usually a culmination of a career and one that is perhaps finished. We're anything but finished. We agreed to do this because the Crossroad package was released in '94, and we've had lots of hits since then.

And because we wanted to make sure the fans got value added ... I wrote five new songs.

Can you tell us more about them?

Those songs were written specifically for (the Ultimate Collection) so it was a different mindset. These are more anthemic rock songs about who we are. I wouldn't say they are socially conscious - just uplifting Bon Jovi anthems that were fitting of a greatest hits (album).

Have you ever thought about changing your sound?

I guess it may have come and gone in my consciousness to consider things that could have been perceived as extreme. Case in point: Nashville, going down to do the Lost Highway record.

On the other hand, you do what it is that you do. We feel confident that throughout the years, our music has grown and matured, and has become a little more socially conscious, while remaining true to who we are. And I'm not re-writing You Give Love A Bad Name - that seems like something that was written by a 25-year-old guy.

How do you feel about being nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?

It is a very elite club, and I hope the outcome is a positive one, and if it is not, I will be disappointed. But you're in the company of Elvis, The Beatles and The Stones ... the greatest of the great. And when we were inducted a year ago into the Songwriters Hall Of fame, that is an even more elite group. To be among people like Bob Dylan, Hank Willlains, John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney) - that was kind of astounding.

I'm not that impressed with the Grammys or MTV awards. But when you are remembered for your songwriting and records you've made, that's pretty great.

Where do you get inspiration for songs?

The beauty is, if you open your eyes and ears, every day is an opportunity to write a song. If you were caught up about the miners in Chile, there would be story there, if you chose to write about it, or if you were watching your kids wake up and go to school that day.

Do you or your kids use Facebook or Twitter?

I can't even concentrate while the TV is on and I want to read an article in the papers. But you know kids nowadays, it's very natural for them.

I do not tweet, no. I don't think anyone really needs to know what I'm doing every moment of the day. We have that Facebook page that the band has. On occasion I have to put something up. We update it with a guy who is on the road with us - that's his job. It is an amazing way to reach five million people who are interested in you, with a touch of the button.

Comparing your albums to your live shows, which moves fans more?

Earlier on in our career, I remember that they used to say that the band was a best-kept secret of rock 'n' roll. And that point pertains to probably the recording of our first few albums and people would often say, "You gotta see them live."

It was with the recording of the third record that we started to capture that live essence on vinyl. But our reputation precedes us as a live band - there is a reason why 34 million people have seen the band over the years.

People come because they know the songs. My wife and daughter were in Beijing this year, and they told me how excited the people in the hotel were, just from the name.

What is the greatest or biggest achievement of Bon Jovi this year?

I think once the numbers are added up, in 2010, Bon Jovi will be the biggest tour in the world, which will make it two out of three years. The nomination for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, though we have yet to be inducted.

The Circle being a No 1 album, and the response to the record the world over. And opening of our stadium in New Jersey for four nights and doing 12 nights in London - it's been big and that's just at the top of my head.

Any plans after your long career?

The beauty of my life is that I have no plans. This is what I was going to do and I did, and it has been a wonderful life thus far, and I have no intention of quitting. I'm not one of those coulda, shoulda, woulda, kinda of people who just really want to finish this so I can go off and be a gardener. When I want to try things, I try them. If it was acting or philanthropy or owning a sports franchise, I just did them. Some more successful than others, but that's what life is: A series of experiments and experiences.

Bon Jovi: Facebook & Concerts

So are you going to a Bon Jovi show in 2010 or 2011?

If you have Facebook you can RSVP to your concert right off Bon Jovi's official page, click on the EVENTS tab at the top of the page (above the wall) and find your show date.

Is that too complicated for you?  I will make it easier.

Click the following link which will take you right to the events page.

Click Here to the Bon Jovi Events page


Bon Jovi: More after show stuff... Prepare to go awwwww

I'll let the article speak for itself.

Fireworks, pyro, candles, all other manner of combustible materials, plus cool lasers and lots of balloons … The 19 performances on this year’s American Music Awards had all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from a fan-voted extravaganza that has more to do with product release dates than actual musical merit. OK, most of those acts deserved to be up on that stage -- four-time winner Justin Bieber, for one, big-seller Taylor Swift, for another, and certainly queen of the ball Rihanna and Pink, who celebrates two major life milestones this month: pregnancy and a greatest hits package, but do we really need another Bon Jovi medley in our lives?
Indeed, it could easily have been the band’s 10th year attending the pre-Thanksgiving event, which may explain why Richie Sambora looked so at home while roaming the grounds at the Nokia Theater with his daughter on his arm. The AMAs have become a yearly tradition for the guitarist much like turkey and stuffing is for the rest of America, and this year was no different. And therein lies the problem: No matter what state-of-the-art stage gimmicks the AMAs employs to best present an artist’s latest single, it feels like a repeat, which may explain the show’s less-than-stellar ratings Sunday night -- with little help from Bieber fever.

Then again, for all those jaded awards show attendees and viewers -- and there were plenty on both fronts Sunday night -- you occasionally meet that one group of wide-eyed first timers roaming around backstage clutching their trophies for dear lives with an ear-to-ear grin that couldn’t have looked any prouder. They didn’t perform at this year’s AMAs, but being there meant something to them. Why else would they fly 9,000 miles from their native England? The band was Muse. Their award: best alternative rock artist.

“We've never been here before,” frontman Matt Bellamy told THR. “It's a very prestigious event, so to come here and win is great.” So why no slot for a rock band known for their riveting live performances which use visuals both minimalistic and monstrous? “Our bass player had his fifth baby, so he couldn't be here,” Bellamy explained. “He has one baby every album and this one, Buster Wolstenholme, came literally a couple weeks ago so we weren’t available to play." Perhaps that’s what was missing from the AMAs: more bands. After all, aside from the Jovi, Kid Rock stuck with a ballad and the few performers to give near-equal weight to the instruments rather than the track were the teens: Bieber and Miley Cyrus. How did that happen, rock 'n' roll?

Still, Muse is a good reminder of what’s amazing about being in a band and also how tricky it can be to maintain the chemistry of what was essentially a moment in time: a breakthrough album or a world tour. Equally challenging? Navigating each other’s emotions, ambitions, art and sense of personal space. Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, whose group won for favorite pop-rock Band, put it best when he told a room full of reporters and fellow BEP members Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo: “I don’t think we look at this as a group, we look at this as a family. If this was a group, we would have broken a long time ago. Families stay together and support each other … I love you guys from the bottom of my heart.” And if you’re wondering about the Lego hat, Will said it’s meant to symbolize “the building blocks of life” and how he’s “always thinking about connecting things.” The designer? “Viva La Lego,” he laughed. “It’s a guy from Italy, he’s the fashion Lego dude.”

After mingling with the likes of Taylor Swift, Michael Buble and Brad Paisley, the Peas crew, which included Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine, headed to a private room in nearby Katsuya for a post-show celebration, where they watched both the Lakers game and their own AMA performance with great interest. The feast was followed by an appearance at the Rolling Stone party, marking the soft opening of their new club and restaurant at the Hollywood and Highland complex.

In fact, though Ne-Yo hosted his own party at the Avalon, attended by the likes of Diddy and Kelly Rowland, Rolling Stone was the place to be as folks from all walks of celebrity life descended on the space. In one corner, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand held court with pals like Jamie Foxx and songwriter Bonnie McKee. A few tables over, Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was laying back on a rare night off. “I was so glad to be a part of it and not really be working or presenting,” he said. “I just got to see everyone and enjoy the performances of the night, like Rihanna and Diddy.” American Idol winner David Cook also made a brief appearance, taking a time-out from his demanding recording schedule.

Meanwhile, upstairs, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner invited select attendees -- like Kid Rock, the members of Bon Jovi and Jackson Browne -- to a private room for a more civilized hang, but to his credit, Wenner wandered too, checking in on his guests for what turned out to be a special night -- for somebody.

Additional reporting by Cortney Wills.

Bon Jovi: AMA Performance Review

I think the the writer didn't have enough to drink.  A couple of Patron shots and he would have been enjoying himself I'm sure.

The AMA's have always been the low rent cousin of the Grammy's (as EW put it, 'No one's obituary began with"AMA winner"'.)  I mean the Beibs won artists of the year for F*cks sake.

I'll spare you the entire review (which you can find here) but here's what he thought of Bon Jovi:

Bon Jovi medley. 
So the AMAs don't have Kanye West, which an award show apparently needs to be remotely interesting, but they do have cartoon lightning bolts scribbled around Richie Sambora's guitar. Someone mastered their Etch A Sketch as a young'un. But hey, the songs -- "What Do You Got?," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life" -- are similarly outdated. The Bon Jovi believers no doubt dug the workmanlike medley. Why it was here, however, who knows? But the lightning bolts were delightfully odd, so a generous C.

He did give NKOTB/BSB an F.  YEAH!

He also gave Taylor "Can't sing live" Swift a B-, so clearly he would have enjoyed the Bon Jovi medley if it contained a few 'It's Alright's' *gag*.

I have to give Jon some credit he hasn't been forcing us to endure 30 seconds of Who Says when doing the Greatest Hits medley, although how many "It's alright!"'s arm raises and JBJ Jazz hands can you get in 30 seconds?  Not enough I'm sure to satisfy Jon.

But enough (or lack thereof) to satisfy me.

Bon Jovi: Tico's Children's Foundation....

Tico's Children's Foundation the Tico Torres Children's Foundation had a fundraiser in Palm Beach, Florida Saturday night (my invite must have gotten lost in the mail).

But Tico wasn't there.


The only person missing from the Tico Torres Children Foundation’s get-together in Palm Beach Gardens Saturday night was Tico Torres himself!

He did have a good excuse.

The Jupiter drummer of Bon Jovi performs with the band at the American Music Awards tonight in Los Angeles (8 p.m., WPBF-Channel 25).

Still, 100 or so of Torres’ fans gathered at Mister Milano for a holiday fundraiser that included a very un-PC Antonio Ceccarelli fur-fashion show (call PeTA) and an appearance by Miss Florida USA 2008 Jessica Rafalowski.


Bon Jovi: AMA Performance

Bon Jovi: Letter to Santa

One of my Twitter Friends (@LisaLisaM18) was saying that her child was writing her annual letter to Santa.  And I thought I should write a letter to Santa.  While I know Santa doesn't exist, I believe the magic of Christmas people doing even small things for people they don't know is great.

Unfortunately, my letter didn't turn out as a gift to mankind and peace on Earth, etc.

In fact I may be on Santa's do not distribute list (would Santa have a shit list?)

So here's my letter:

I'll be sure to post pictures if this happens.  LOL

Bon Jovi: More Greatest Hits Stuff

One more picture I forgot to post, if you for get the names of the members of.... what's the name of the band again?

Oh right, Bon Jovi, here's a little image for you.

Have you ever wanted something that shows you the lyrics to your favorite Bon Jovi Song?

If so, and that song happens to be on the Greatest Hits, this post is for you.

This comes from the iTunes LP.

You are welcome in advance.

The images are on a white/transparent back ground but are in their order from the Ultimate GH CD

Bon Jovi: Sydney, Oprah, VIPs & Bon Jovi

Once again, if you can afford them you too can hire Bon Jovi for your private event.

A-list VIPs livin' on a prayer with Bon Jovi on Oprah Winfrey's Australian tour

Livin' on a prayer ... Bon Jovi will perform a private concert for A-list VIPs as part of Oprah Winfrey's Australian TV specials. Source: AP

BON Jovi will perform a private concert for 1400 A-list VIPs, plus visiting celebrities and 300 guests being flown out for Oprah Winfrey's Australian TV specials.

More than 1000 invitations were yesterday sent out for the December 15 concert at Star City with stars including U2, Bob Geldof , Winfrey and her fans, plus high-rolling gamblers all expected to attend.

The show will attract world-wide attention thanks to Winfrey's association and the elite of Sydney's business, social and showbiz circles have been invited to the intimate show, which coincides with the US supergroup's Australian tour.

Star City is undergoing an $860 million renovation and new management has recruited Bon Jovi for the relaunch -- aimed at making it a world-class venue.

The new management of Star City want to make a statement . . . the private Bon Jovi concert show and the after-party will be one of the biggest VIP events Sydney has seen in more than a decade, a source said.

Invited guests include Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, James and Erica Packer, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness.

And Sydney Confidential readers should stay tuned for a special offer.

Bon Jovi: Open All Night

One of my favorites off the Box Set, in my opinion much more superior to the version off Bounce. Live from the Borgotta Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City in 2004 I think.

Bon Jovi: 2011 Bon Jovi tickets cheaper???

Here's a little blurb:

Posted by mincho2008
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Veteran rock band Bon Jovi is ready to begin a fresh new tour in 2011, and next year Bon Jovi tickets on the TicketNetwork exchange will be slightly cheaper on average than they were for the 2010 tour.
According to TicketNetwork data at the time of this release*:

The current average price of all tickets for next year's Bon Jovi tour is $157. The average price this year was $175.
The current lowest average ticket price for next year's tour is in Salt Lake City, UT, at $106. During this year's tour, the lowest price was in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, at $120.
The current highest average ticket price for next year's tour is in Uncasville, CT, at $255. For this year's tour, the highest average price was $438.
The venue and city with the most tickets sold for this year's tour is currently the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The Live 2011 Tour will kick off on February 9 in University Park, PA. It is currently slated to end on March 25 in Toronto. Following the North American leg of the tour, Bon Jovi will head to Europe.

Average Price for Selected Cities on the Bon Jovi Tour*

City Venue Avg. Ticket Price

Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center $112
Boston, MA TD Garden $140
Raleigh, NC RBC Center $153
Chicago, IL United Center $168
San Antonio, TX AT&T Center $178
*As of 11/18/2010 10:00 a.m. EST. Prices may fluctuate based on market demand. Data for multi-concert cities is combined and averaged.

Ok, the 1 city not on that List is Las Vegas which they played in 2010 & will play again in 2011.  I will attest (as will my credit card) that 1 ticket in Las Vegas  which is one Row off the floor on Richie's side was about $20 less than 2 tickets to see them 2 nights before in San Antonio (8 rows from the circle).

Of course my ticket in April was $190 after all the fees and surcharges and the Digital Copy of the Circle you HAD to buy if you wanted to buy pre-sale seats through TicketBastard.

There were not a lot of Fan Club seats available and Las Vegas is still a premium city with all the High Rollers (and whale's) that ask for comped tickets.  So the MGM gets a ton of tickets to provide to their hotels to make their high dollar gamblers happy, and us poor people have to pay for our seats.

God Bless America.

Bon Jovi: CNN Heros Blurb Jon talks about the JBJ Soul Foundation

Last night the CNN Heroes Special that will air on CNN Thanksgiving Night (I thought they were gonna be real heroes and perform Turkey Day, but I guess not).  CNN Headline news I guess will be running blurbs of the different people featured and Jon is one of them.

And then the next video is Ukrainian women protesting topless. Which Protesting topless defeats the purpose, no one hears your message they just stare at your boobs.

Also CNN Posted a Red Carpet Segment, Jon is about 50 seconds in. Sugarland is also there, did they drag Jennifer Nettles on stage for a signing of Jon's favorite song? I refuse to watch the show if they did.

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