Bon Jovi: The Big Story

Every Media outlet is covering the Bon Jovi Jewelry Heist.  So the ease of Google will allow you access to every story.

I'll skip the story and move on to many questions/observations many of us have.

The criminal looks like he came straight out of Faces of Meth or People of Wal-Mart.  $500,000 in stolen merchandise looks like it can buy a lot of Meth.  And his scabby face proves it.  Maybe getting caught is the best thing to happen to him.  Jail will sober you up (allegedly per Dog the Bounty Hunter).

Based on the police report the criminal was arrested in the 400 section of the street Jon and Family live on (this is all Public Record) Jon does not live in the 400 section on this road (I am not giving you his address but once again public record will allow you to find it with some easy google-ing if you choose to do so).

The main question many of us have asked, in a home worth $22 Million + don't you have a security system?  I mean I don't live in a mega mansion but I feel safer knowing that ADT is just a press of the button away.

Also if its that easy to get in his house why haven't some of you stalkers (and you know who you are) tried to get in?

You know a little 'Afternoon Delight'?

Not that I'm encouraging this, I just wanted to post this video.

Oh and if you do go and break in and get caught I will laugh at you.  

Also Dorothea had $100 K in jewelry?  No wonder ticket prices are so high.

But the final words come from the Drycounty.net message boards.

Don't you Lie to Me! Say it Isn't So! It must have been One Wild Night at casa de Bon Jovi. At least they found the goods... is Jon Taking it Back?

I Believe it is just a Social Disease These Days. And after the Miracle Jon has done for these people Starting Over Again... Always giving them Something to Believe In Everyday. Trying to provide Work for the Working Man... he even wrote a song about it. You would think if he (the burglar) had a little bit of soul, he'd be Happy Now.

Bon Jovi - Richie Soundcheck

From Stand Up for a Cure, if anyone knows the date, let me know.

A Minute thirty of Richie singing It's My Life with Lorenza Ponce on the violin.  The This Left Feels Right version, but with Richie on vox.


Bon Jovi: Jon Bon Jovi's foundation plans to open community restaurant in Red Bank

Red Bank eatery would offer low-cost, nutritious meals

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The foundation started by Central Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi plans to open its first community restaurant on Monmouth Street, where, pending local approvals, no one will get denied a good, nutritious meal.

Plans were filed late last month by the Philadelphia based Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to convert a former auto repair shop to a neighborhood restaurant that will serve low-cost or no-cost meals to the community.

"This will be our first community kitchen, it would be fantastic if it took off and we could replicate it," said Mimi Box, executive director of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. "This is operated just like a restaurant. People can bring their families, they have a selection of items and have options to pay cash or volunteer."

Volunteers can work at the kitchen or with other local charities that need volunteers that the foundation hopes to work with, she said. Those who can afford to pay, could also donate more toward another person's meal, Box said.

The foundation has applied to the borough for approvals to convert a former auto shop in the rear of a 7,424-square-foot lot on Monmouth Street between Bridge and Shrewsbury avenues. Plans call for tearing down a one-story house in the front of the lot for a four-space parking lot and using the back yard for outdoor seating. The ex-auto shop would house the four-table restaurant and kitchen.

Site plan approval would be needed from the borough planning board, which might hear the application later this month, officials said. Box said there is no target date to open the restaurant.

"I would have loved to have had it (open) yesterday, but we realize there is a process to go through and we are working through that process," she said.

The foundation did some piloting of the concept late last year at St. Anthony's, offering gourmet Sunday dinners using the same pricing structure to benefit Lunch Break, Box said.

The foundation started researching the concept after Middletown native Brian Williams aired a segment on his NBC Nightly News cast about a similar community restaurant in Denver, Box said. That restaurant was based on one in Salt Lake City and foundation officials contacted them to learn about its operation, she said.

"It caught our attention because of the social aspect, there are no prices on the menus and everyone can eat there and they serve healthy, nutritious food," Box said. "Each has subtle differences, but at the root of them all lies the concept that everyone, no matter what their status, should have the ability to eat nutritiously."

The Bon Jovis aren't strangers to Red Bank, having financially helped to support the Parker Family Health Center, which provides medical care to people in need, Box said.

"Jon and his wife have roots in the Red Bank area and so many of their philanthropic efforts are in that area," Box said.

She cited information from Lunch Break, which provides food and clothing to people in need, about the increasing reliance on charities, especially due to the poor economy.

In 2010, Lunch Break saw a 55 percent increase in demand for services; 112 percent for food pantry and an 84 percent increase for clothing. The demand continues to grow, she said.

"With our community kitchen, we'll serve healthy, nutritious food to a population that would like to provide their families with an opportunity to eat nutritious food, but don't have the economic resource," Box said. "We're excited."


Bon Jovi: Nominated

Bon Jovi was nominated for TWO Billboard Music Awards.

Bon Jovi
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
Roger Waters

The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park

Good Luck Guys!


Bon Jovi: Wednesday Night Cereal Guy

If you follow me on Twitter you see this earlier.  :)

Bon Jovi: Create your own Bon Jovi video...

I read something on this, that it supposed to be great in IE 10, but since I don't use IE I thought I wouldn't get to use it.

I was wrong.

For the first time ever, Bon Jovi lets you, the fans, create your own unique Bon Jovi videos from live footage captured at the MGM Grand Arena

You can create your own video kids.

Here's my sucktastic first attempt.


Wanna make your own?  Go to http://director.bonjovi.com

Have fun!


Bon Jovi: Security?

This story is of note because they talk to the author (and former Bon Jovi security person) of my personal favorite Bon Jovi related biography, Michael Francis. 

Star Man Michael Francis's biography of his life as a security guard for such major acts as Elvis, Paul McCartney, Led Zepplin and of course Bon Jovi during the Slippery through New Jersey Era, gave us the inter-uterine adventures of Jacques Cousteau, the Zucchini Twins, and the 'Lost Week'.  If I decide to use a Nom de Plume at a hotel I will use Justin Case (and if Dave somehow shows up at my door, I'll call you Lema girls in...).  I have my favorite citations book marked and highlighted.  My copy of Star Man looks like some literature majors copy of Oliver Twist.  It's sad but true.

Michael Francis was such a great security person (and provider of all sorts of booze and narcotics) that Jon basically didn't hire him back in 1992.

(Starts Sarcasm) I wonder why?  (/end Sarcasm)

Protecting celebrities is a multimillion-dollar enterprise

Elvis Presley with his security detail in '72. Today, protecting pop celebs has become more technologically sophisticated.

"Elvis has left the building," is now part of today's pop culture lexicon that alludes to the end of an event or concert. But when the phrase was heard on loudspeakers in the aftermath of the King's comeback shows of the late '60s/early '70s, it usually meant Presley had been rushed into a waiting limo, cocooned inside a circle of men known as the Memphis Mafia -- a squad of childhood friends and cousins who protected the singer's every move. They remained with him from 1954 until his death in 1977.

Today, the job of protecting music celebrities has grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that embraces state-of-the-art technology and requires those involved to be highly trained professionals. The average platinum-level pop star employs a half dozen security pros around the clock, whose fees can range from $80,000 to $500,000 annually.

"It's a different age now," says James Andrea of RAD, one of the largest global music celebrity protection firms. "You have to be more in tune with technology; it's much harder, especially with cameras and phones. There's a lot you have to be on top of."

RAD, started by Norman Oosterbroek, a Dutch security expert and former bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, touts a client roster that includes pop divas Beyonce and Lady Gaga; hip-hop superstars Jay Z, Drake and Kanye West; and record executive L.A. Reid. Like most professional security firms that protect music celebrities, RAD is tight-lipped when it comes to the specifics behind its operation. In most cases, artists make their bodyguards sign a confidentiality agreement to protect against tell-all books.

"Adaptability, in physical and psychological terms, is the main characteristic that you must possess," says Julius De Boer, who was assigned by RAD to protect Beyonce and oversee logistics. "It is much more than being a human shield to your customer. You should always think three steps ahead, follow a schedule, and call ahead to destinations and so on." Originally from the Netherlands, De Boer is fluent in five languages, giving him a distinct advantage when being hired by international superstars.

Nearly all who work in the field dislike the term bodyguard, since it implies a large, physical presence with the emphasis on brawn over brains. In reality, most security pros spend less than 20% of their time doing anything physical when protecting celebrities, and boast extensive training and college degrees. The majority of their time is either spent accompanying celebrities, or planning their safe travel, arrivals and exits from public appearances, meetings, performances, or simple, every day tasks such as shopping. Most of all, they protect their music superstars from the prying annoyance of overzealous fans and paparazzi.

"You have to advance every element," says Andrea. "You have to know the precise spot where your vehicle will be parked and the best way to access or exit a building." Pop's biggest stars, such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and U2, almost exclusively do what is known as "a runner" at the end of their shows. As soon as they finish, they are rushed into a waiting limo and whisked away, both as a security measure and to ensure they will not get stuck in a traffic jam.

Ringo Starr is usually being ferried by limo, accompanied by a police escort, to a waiting private jet while his band is still onstage performing the final stanzas of his signature encore, the Beatles classic "With a Little Help From My Friends."

If Elvis was the first rock star to employ full-time bodyguards, the Beatles, during their touring years of 1962-66, were certainly the first group to demonstrate the need for professional security. Throughout this period, the Fab Four only had two security people, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall, who also acted as the band's roadies.

"It was a big thrill being young kids and being loved, or chased, by so many people," said George Harrison, in a 1987 interview about the years of Beatlemania. "But, it became much more than any of us had ever dreamed of. … It just got to the point where it was making us crazy, so we had to draw the line somewhere. That's when we decided to stop touring."

Ironically, Harrison and John Lennon rarely used bodyguards after the band's break-up; Harrison was nearly killed when attacked inside his home by a deranged, knife-yielding fan and Lennon was shot dead in 1980 outside the Dakota by stalker Mark David Chapman. McCartney, who still goes out in public without his bodyguards on occasion, was the target of Islamic extremists' threats while touring Israel in September 2008. In order to ensure his protection, more than 5,000 security pros were hired for his visit.

Michael Francis -- who has written a book about his years as a celebrity bodyguard for Frank Sinatra, Cher, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi and McCartney -- says quality not quantity is rule when it comes to protection: "It's an accessory now (when) you have to have four or five guys who weigh 400 pounds," he says. "The big stars should have one good one that they trust."

Francis handled incidents that included a gun being pulled on Bon Jovi in South America, and a deranged fan who entered the home of Cher at 4 a.m. wielding a samurai sword.

The rise in popularity of rap music also paralleled the rise of the modern security expert. Many of hip-hop's biggest stars cultivated rap sheets in their rise to fame, which has led to a number of violent altercations at public appearances.

Many security pros have military or police backgrounds. Others, especially in the hip-hop community, have come from the streets, such as Jeff "Stretch" Williams, who confessed that, as a youth, had run numbers in Harlem. Williams cleaned up his act, joined the NYPD, and eventually worked security for P Diddy.

Kevin Hackie, former bodyguard of the late Tupac Shakur, recently admitted he was an undercover FBI agent while working for the rapper. Because of knowledge he reports to have, Hackie has been questioned in the murder investigations of Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

A 2009 video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes at a Brooklyn film studio ended in a hail of gunfire killing the rapper's bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, when he attempted to escort extras and hangers-on off the soundstage.

"(Carrying a gun) is not a requirement, but many in this field do," says Andrea. "Some of us are retired federal officers or police officers and they are already licensed to carry a gun. It is the preference of the client. It depends on the risk factor -- if armed personnel are required, you get armed personnel."

The topic remains timely. Warner Bros. Pictures recently announced it is doing a remake of the 1992 Kevin Coster-Whitney Houston film, "The Bodyguard." Rihanna turned down the Houston role; but Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are reportedly still in the running.

One thing remains consistent: security pros believe diplomacy and restraint, above all else, are the keys to success in their business. "Physical force is never used or is always the last resort," says Andrea. "Most of the time it is just a fan that wants to hug their superstar."

Bon Jovi: Wanna write the melody, that's gonna make history?

Think you could be a songwriter?

Think you could write hits like Livin' on a Prayer, Bad Medicine, and Ricky Martin's (annoying) smash Livin' La Vida Loca?

You can!  With the Desmond Child Masterclass!!  That's right!

Sessions give skinny on the craft of a hit

"I sometimes feel like a hungry rat on a sinking ship, who's climbed to the top of the mast and is standing there on its toes."

It's usually never a good sign when one of the more commercially successful songwriters of the past three decades describes his place in the music industry thus, but a brace of reality is exactly what Desmond Child hopes to impart in his three masterclasses at the ASCAP Expo, following years of participation on its panels and Anatomy of a Hit discussions. Restricted to just 20 people per class, Child's sessions follow the example of last year's instructor Linda Perry, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Child, whose resume contains substantial cleffer work for the likes of Aerosmith, Kiss, Cher and Shakira -- as well as such jukebox staples as Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca," and more recent No. 1's like Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas" and Martin's "The Best Thing About Me Is You" -- hopes by subjecting the process to close scrutiny, he can help take much of the intimidating mystique out of songwriting,

"When you break down a song and show, 'Here's where we started, here's the bass drum …," and then you keep adding pieces and out comes this massive hit, it suddenly seems doable. You see how things are built and why we make the choices we make."

But just as important as the mechanics of creation is the business element of a songwriting career, which Child plans to make an equal focus of the sessions. ("If you have no way of getting yourself out there, your music's not going to be heard, so what's the point?") Child is also quick to point to the impact his own mentors had on him during his formative years as a writer, and hopes to pass on a number of those lessons.

"Sometimes when I'll co-write with young writers, and they'll come to me and say that they're completely happy with a song. I'll say, 'Are you kidding me? This needs so much more work.'

"A lot of people want to do it the easy way," he says. "Especially if they're cute. It's the homely studio rats that get ahead."

Wikipedia has a list of the great songs Desmond has co-wrote (as well as other assorted crap he has inflicted on us like "Living La Vida Loca" and the AWFUL KISS disco track "I was Made for Loving You" which I'm sure Gene Simmons sang to at least 2000 women in the 1970's early 1980's).  It's amazing how many song he co-wrote.  One of my favorite Aerosmith tracks F.I.N.E. is on there as well.

One listen to "Livin on a Prayer" and Desmond is forgiven for all the other assorted crap.  Thanks Desmond!


Bon Jovi: Jon talks about the Today Show

With all the rumors about Matt & Meredith leaving the Today show Entertainment Tonight asked about different people's thoughts.

Jon gives his @ :50. 

Savannah Guthrie.  LOL

Thanks Lisa!!

Bon Jovi: Cereal Guy

Cereal Guy spits his cereal when he reads something unbelievable.

Here's a few "Cereal Guys" I've created.


Bon Jovi: Way Back Sunday

I bet Jon looked a little like this....
Let's head back in the way back machine, I'm not going to say time Machine since it's not Runaway that I'm talking about. 

Picture it.


New Jersey

A band named Atlantic City Expressway performs at clubs all over.  Their lead singer and keyboard player are technically too young to get into clubs.

Time goes on the band breaks up, but 2 members find extraordinary success in another band a few years later.

Performing a cover of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes "Waiting for Your Reply" this is Atlantic City Expressway.

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