Bon Jovi: Better Video emerges of Jon hurting himself

Unfortunately I haven't been able to take the video.

But here's the link, a few rows back.


Bon Jovi: Video of Jon Injuring himself & what's an MCL strain?

About 30 seconds in. During Love's the Only Rule no less.  His yelp of pain, poor man.

So, Jon suffered an MCL strain:

Bon Jovi's sold-out show at Olympic Stadium in Helsinki Finland, Jon suffered an MCL strain.The injury occurred an hour into the nearly three-hour marathon set but neither the torrential rain nor the incident kept the band from finishing the show.Fans need not worry, Jon is in good health and future shows will not be affected. - Matt Bongiovi Co-CEO of Backstage with Jon Bon Jovi fan club.

So an MCL strain is an injury more common to Football (I think they mean what we in the states call Soccer although they are also common in the world of the NFL/American Football). So Jon got himself a football injury.

What is an MCL strain? Well I consulted with my Orthepedic Expert Dr Google and he advised me of this:

The Medial Collateral Ligament is the knee ligament located on the inner side of the knee joint. It links the thigh bone and the shin bone. A knee ligament injury is referred to as a sprain, and this knee injury can occur if the knee is twisted or subject to force from an opponent during sport.

The Medial Collateral Ligament is the large ligament on the inside of the knee that links the thigh bone and the shin bone. Damage to a ligament is referred to as a sprain, and depending on the severity of the injury it is classified as first, second or third degree:

A first degree sprain is damage to only a few ligament fibres.

A second degree sprain is damage to a more extensive number of ligament fibres, but the ligament remains intact.

A third degree sprain is a complete rupture of the ligament. Because of the force involved in this injury other structures in the knee, such as the Meniscus (Cartilage) or the Anterior Cruciate Ligament can also be damaged.

The injury is usually caused in one of two classic ways. In collision sports such as football (soccer), rugby, and American football, the Medial ligament can be damaged when an opponent applies a force (usually from their knee) to the outside aspect of the leg, just above the knee. Alternatively the Medial ligament can be damaged if the studs get caught in turf and the player tries to turn to the side, away from the planted leg .

MCL Knee Ligament Injury Signs & Symptoms
With a first degree sprain of the Medial ligament there will be pain when the site of the damage is touched. Stressing the ligament (when the knee is slightly bent and the shin is moved inwards in relation to the thigh) is painful - this action is reproduced when standing up from sitting in a chair.

In the case of a second degree sprain, the pain is more severe when touched and when the ligament is stressed. There will usually be a swelling of the knee joint, but this may take 24 hours to appear.

In the case of a third degree sprain, where the ligament is ruptured, the knee joint is unstable and activity cannot be continued. There will be a bleed and an inflow of fluid into the joint but, because the capsule that surrounds the joint is also damaged, this fluid may leak out and swelling may not be evident

MCL Knee Ligament Injury Treatment
What you can do
  • Consult a sports injury expert
  • Apply compression bandage to control swelling
  • Apply ice packs/cold therapy
  • Wear a knee brace for support & protection
  • Use a buoyancy aid for pool exercises
In the initial stage of all three levels of injury medication prescribed by a doctor for pain relief should be taken if necessary. The PRICE protocol should be followed - Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (never apply ice directly to the skin). The knee should be rested in an elevated position and Cohesive Bandage (which sticks to itself) should be used as a compression bandage to help prevent excessive swelling.

Ice Packs applied for twenty minutes, every two hours, can aid pain relief and help to prevent more tissue damage by cooling the tissues. The Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff is the most effective method of providing ice therapy and can be used for the home treatment of knee injuries and knee pain. It can provide continuous ice cold water and compression for 6 hours – and significantly reducing knee pain and knee swelling.

In the case of a first degree sprain, sporting activities should not be undertaken for about 3 weeks.

For second degree sprains, the rehabilitation period will be between 6 and 8 weeks. Rehabilitation under the supervision of a chartered physiotherapist is desirable to prevent a recurrence of the injury, which can be common if a return to sport is attempted too early.

In the case of a third degree sprain, where the ligament is completely ruptured, the treatment of choice is surgery to repair the structure. The type of reconstruction used will depend on the exact site of the damage and the preference of the surgeon. Many people find that using a Knee Brace can be very helpful if they have suffered a Medial Collateral Ligament injury. The brace supports the knee and takes the strain off the ligament during the early stage of injury, particularly when sleeping. The knee brace also provides protection during the later stages of rehabilitation. Running in a swimming pool, using a Buoyancy Aid, is an ideal method of maintaining fitness while the ligament is healing.

Many people find that using a Knee Brace can be very helpful if they have suffered a Medial Collateral Ligament injury. The brace supports the knee and takes the strain off the ligament during the early stage of injury, particularly when sleeping. The knee brace also provides protection during the later stages of rehabilitation.

MCL Knee Ligament Injury Prevention
What you can do:
  • Wear a knee brace for support & protection
  • Use a Wobble Board to improve proprioception
You can't do a lot if a prop forward (in rugby) or a centre half (in football) decides to throw their weight against your knee. Passing the ball earlier is probably the best advice that can be given. In the case of someone who has had a previous Medial Ligament injury there may be a slight weakness, but there are measures that can be taken to help prevent a recurrence. A Knee Brace can provide increased knee stability and reassurance following previous knee injuries, especially during activities such as skiing.

Following a rehabilitation program under the supervision of a chartered physiotherapist will help. This should include a lot of proprioception exercises (these improve the stimuli within the body relating to position and movement), since proprioceptive ability will be affected by the damage to the ligament. A Wobble Board is an excellent tool for continuing proprioception exercises at home.

So, Matt what level of "strain" is it?


Bon Jovi: Here's an idea for Jon's apology to the American Fans

So a few years back the Dixie Chicks had a bru-ha-ha over some things they said over seas.

And they appeared on the cover of EW all worded up.  Not apologetic but worded up.  They've never gotten the same airplay on country radio since then.

Here's what I think Jon should do as an apology to the North American fans:

No Choruses just verses.  And I'm better with a sharpie than I am with photoshop.

Non Jovi: A Masterpiece by John Lennon

For some reason I started getting text messages this afternoon around 4:00 EST and people were blaming ME! for Jon's injury.


While images of Annie Wilkes have flashed in my head the last several days, I don't believe I wished Jon any ill.

But as I read the texts, this song played in my head.....

Bon Jovi: Setting up and taking down in Edinburgh

AS a sweat-soaked Jon Bon Jovi brings down the curtain on a blistering, three-hour set, the show is far from over for the 190-strong crew.

The 75,000 fans streaming out of Munich's Olympic Stadium are oblivious to the hustle and bustle backstage.

Within minutes of the band finishing their set, the crew swing into action, taking down the huge stage, packing it into 1000 flight cases and loading it on to one of 18 waiting trucks.
It's a scene crew chief Mike Rew calls "organised chaos".

As the forklifts roll in, the designated lighting, video and sound teams get to work. For stage manager and veteran roadie Mike Devlin, this is the final part of a 21-hour working day, which started at 6am when the trucks were unloaded and the eight-hour process of building the stage began.

He said: "We unload the trucks in order of set-up. The lighting comes off first as that takes the most time to build, then the video and sound gear follow. It's a game of layers."

As the 18-month Circle World Tour enters its last six weeks in Europe - including a show at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on Wednesday - these unsung heroes work to make sure fans see a spectacular show, mind-blowing in its scale.

The Razz was invited along to see just what it takes to bring such a show to Scotland.
The band has four structural stages, each taking three days to build. It's these stages that the rest of the equipment is built on.

Among that equipment is 4.5 tonnes of video screens, with the world's largest complete screen - 115ft wide - behind the band.

The aim is to make sure that wherever you are in the stadium you will still get that all-important close-up of Jon. The sound system will generate 80,000 watts of sound via 9200 amplifiers consuming a total of 905 kilowatts of power and the crew will get through 500 cups of coffee a day.
By mid-afternoon, the band's equipment is set up on stage.

Tico Torres's custom-made drum kit and Richie Sambora's 24 guitars are put through their paces by the techs.

"It takes me about an hour to get the kit set up and ready to a point where Tico can just walk on stage and play without any problems" says his tech JD.

Being on the road for so long, the crew have got the construction process down to a fine art but they can still be victims of the unforeseen.

Video crew chief Mark "Marko" O'Herlihy said: "On this tour, Jon didn't want any camera guys walking around the stage blocking the fans' view, so we now have radio-controlled cameras. They move around the front of the stage on a track operated by four guys backstage. For the first few shows, we realised they were top heavy and as they moved they were shaking.

"We resolved the problem via a visit to a local sports shop and brought up a load of ankle and wrist training weights, which we then strapped to the top of the camera unit. Problem solved."
Other situations the crew have had to face include being escorted around some South American stadiums by security guards carrying shotguns.

In Australia, a trucker turned up at a show with an empty equipment lorry, after picking up the wrong trailer and driving several hundred miles.

But it's not only external forces that can cause problems, as sound engineer David Eisenhauer found out to his cost.

A guest spilled a drink over the mixing desk during a show.

Although it was quickly dealt with, the crew later presented Eisenhaur with a custom-made pink Disney cup, complete with mixing dials.

"Sometimes we have to remind ourselves the film Spinal Tap is a movie and not an instructional video," says David Byran's keyboard tech Bill St Amour.

Practical jokes aside, life on the road is tough - long working days, months away from family.
On this tour, there have been casualties. Some who started out in February 2010 have fallen by the wayside but for the rest, the strain is eased by the strong family bond they all have - something Jon is keen to instil.

"I spend more time with these guys than I do with my family.

"You work with them, you eat your meals with them. Sometimes you break away for a bit of quiet time but on the road they are family. It's what gets you through," says JD.

That sentiment is echoed by production coordinator Meg Macrae, who said: "I've done a lot of tours where people just haven't got on. On this one there is a strong family vibe."

But as O'Herlihy admits, the crew are well looked after by the band while on the road, adding "We do live in a rock 'n' roll bubble. You walk into catering and the choice of food is unbelievable.

"We get our laundry done, our beds are made. The only problem is when I get home. My wife hates me for the first few days as I struggle to get back to reality."

For others, travelling around globe with one of the biggest bands in the world allows them to re-visit countries and towns they have fond memories of.

For St Amour, it's Edinburgh: "I was there 20 years ago on another tour and I met this guy who told me there was a bar that would give you a tie if you drank seven pints of McEwans.

"Now, I didn't know what McEwans was but I thought, 'It can't be that hard'. I only managed to get through two pints. This time, if it's still there, I'm going back to get a tie."

Back at the stadium at 2.30am, the final truck leaves. Devlin and production manager Jesse Sandler head for one of the seven tour buses in a bid to get some sleep before it starts again.

As the Emerson, Lake and Palmer lyric says: "Welcome back my friends to the show that ever ends."


Bon Jovi: How fast can I get into Hedge Funds? And where's my Blue Dress?

Does anyone have a blue dress from the GAP I can borrow???

Posted at June 16, 2011

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2011 New York Gala will be held on November 16th at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), specifically the U.S. Childhood Obesity Prevention program through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, will be the beneficiary of the Gala and other fundraisers held in the US during the year.

There will be a Live Musical Performance at the Gala by our special guest Jon Bon Jovi.
Two Awards will be presented at the Gala:

The 2011 100WHF Industry Leadership Award will be presented to Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rock Creek Group.

The 2011 100WHF Effecting Change Award will be presented to Peter G. Peterson, Chairman Emeritus and Co-founder of The Blackstone Group and Founder and Chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

“We are honored that President Bill Clinton will attend the 10th Anniversary New York Gala to personally accept 100WHF’s donation on behalf of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Sonia E. Gardner, Chair of the 10th Anniversary Committee and Board member of 100WHF, said, “Over the last decade we have raised more than $20 million across the globe for charitable organizations. We are thrilled to partner with such an impactful charitable organization on our 10th Anniversary.”

Bon Jovi: Jon is a Yoga Master...

he just keeps putting his foot in his mouth...

Bon Jovi: Interview w/Mr I Love Europe

So they're going to play more than they did at the O2? Does this mean In and Out Love acoustic?

Published Date: 16 June 2011

HE who laughs last, laughs loudest. That's the attitude of Bon Jovi, who were mocked for being a 'hair-metal' band by music critics after they released breakthrough album Slippery When Wet in 1986.

The slurs about them being stuck in a soft-rock time warp have continued ever since. It used to be a sore point for the New Jersey boys, who titled their 2004 box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong - though their lead singer and namesake now laughs about it.

What's probably so funny to Jon Bon Jovi is that his band have sold more than 120 million albums and were the biggest earners in music last year, raking in a staggering £130 million during their 2010 world tour.

That said, ask the 50-year-old if his band have finally got the respect they're due and he'll say it all depends on how you define respect.

"Is longevity respect? Is coming home and having your family be proud of you respect?" says the man whose band has enjoyed 20 hits, including You Give Love A Bad Name, Wanted Dead Or Alive and Lay Your Hands On Me.

"I don't know if what you're asking me is, critical acclaim, you know?" he continues. "There are critics' darlings. That I won't be. I got that."

The singer, who has also had roles in films and in TV shows like Sex And The City over the years, jokingly describes himself as the Elvis Costello of movies and the Tom Cruise of music.

"I've been critically acclaimed in most of my television and film work, but I didn't sell any movie tickets, and with the band, it's like Tom Cruise," he laughs. "I've had all the commercial success you could dream of, but hey, the guy still doesn't have an Oscar. Whatcha gonna do?"

What one of the original architects of Eighties stadium rock are gonna do is get back on the road again.

On Wednesday, the band kick off the UK leg of their 2011 world tour at Murrayfield, which has a capacity of 67,000. Not that playing the home of Scottish rugby will faze them - after all, they've already performed more than 2600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 32 million fans.

"What gets us on the road is its fun," explains keyboardist David Bryan, whose band played Ibrox in 1996 and Hampden in both 2002 and 2008. "Putting that many smiles on that many faces, it's a great thing. And you know, it puts a smile on our faces too."

Bon Jovi have played more than 85 shows since the Full Circle tour started in 2010 - but they're showing no signs of flagging as they return to the UK.

"It's great to be back," says Jon Bon Jovi, whose band will be back in its full line-up in Edinburgh after lead guitarist Richie Sambora rejoined after his recent stint in rehab.

"It's the final leg of the Circle tour, the longest tour we've done in almost two decades," continues the singer.

"But we're happy, we're healthy, we're having a good time."

Speaking of how the tour has evolved, Jon Bon Jovi says, "There's a lot of songs, you know, that's for sure - we're playing stuff from all the albums, dating back to Runaway to the most recent album The Circle.

"The song list has changed every night. At the O2 last summer we played a month-long stint there - and there was 72 different songs performed. With any luck I'll outdo myself on this run on the continent."

As you'd expect from a band with literally thousands of gigs under their belt, picking out the most memorable one is tough.

'The RDS in Dublin where the famous statement that even God and the angels had seats at the Bon Jovi concert because that was when I was talking and the lightning and the thunder hit right on cue," he offers after giving it some thought.

"And of course all the magical nights at Wembley stadium... Hyde Park, nobody has ever had 93,000 people in Hyde Park before - you know, with the exception of like The Prince's Trust kind of concert.

"So many things over so many years - we're really happy to be back," he adds.


Bon Jovi: More from Forbes

Every time I read this I know why my tickets have been so expensive.

Two decades ago Jon Bon Jovi sat with the members of his eponymous band in a basement in New Jersey. Hoping to rekindle the group’s desire to make music after two grueling years on the road, he’d hung vintages posters on the wall, illuminated only by candles and blacklights. But instead of feeling inspired, Bon Jovi found himself becoming cranky and short of breath.

“I’m thinking maybe this is an issue, maybe I just don’t like them,” Bon Jovi said in a recent interview for the FORBES Celeb 100 issue. “Until I realized that all the oxygen was sucked out of the room by the candles … So I blew out the candles, cranked up the amplifiers, and said, ‘We’re going to be a rock band. If you believe in what I’m telling you, we can be the Rolling Stones.’”

Sure enough, Bon Jovi is still rocking. The group earned $125 million over the past 12 months, enough to claim the No. 2 spot on FORBES’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid musicians. U2 (pictured above) took home $195 million—and music’s money crown—thanks to an international stadium tour that grossed some $700 million over two years, surpassing the Stones’ A Bigger Bang tour as the most lucrative of all time.

Power ballad rockers aren’t the only artists raking in the cash this year. Elton John ranks third with $100 million, fueled by a 102-show tour; Lady Gaga, godmother to Sir Elton’s new son, clocks in at No. 4 with $90 million; Canadian crooner Michael Bublé rounds out the top five with $70 million, also on the strength of a lucrative tour.

Our numbers encompass all pretax income earned from May 2010 to May 2011, before subtracting agent and manager fees. The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, as well as extensive interviews with industry insiders including lawyers, managers, concert promoters, agents and, in some cases, the musicians themselves.

For most artists, touring was the largest source of income this past year–but some were more efficient than others. Lady Gaga grossed nearly as much in 12 months of touring ($168 million) as Elton John ($204 million), but the costs of her elaborate production (dozens of backup dancers, pyrotechnic undergarments, etc.) ate into her take significantly. Gaga did grab plenty of additional cash from recorded music, publishing and endorsements. And regardless of the margins on her tour, drawing some 2 million fans over the past 12 months is no small feat—for Gaga, or for any of the big touring acts.

“It’s one thing to cut a song and get airplay, it’s another thing to convert listeners into a loyal fan base that goes through the trials and tribulations of buying tickets, paying for dinner, hiring a baby sitter,” says Randy Phillips, chief of concert promoter AEG. “To motivate a fan base to go through all those hurdles, there are very few artists who can do that consistently.”

The musicians on our list run quite a gamut. Justin Bieber, who raked in $53 million, is the youngest at age 17. Paul McCartney, who took home $66 million, is the oldest at 68. One couple even made the list–Jay-Z and Beyoncé took home $37 million and $35 million, respectively, marking the first time since their nuptials that the hip-hop mogul earned more than his wife.

Beyoncé is one of only five female solo acts on the list, compared to 13 males. What the list lacks in gender equality, it makes up for in geographical diversity—over one-third of the artists hail from outside the U.S., from countries including the U.K., Barbados, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and Australia.

As for the Rolling Stones, they’re widely expected to hit the road again to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2012. But don’t expect a Bon Jovi reunion tour in 2030.

“I don’t know if I want to be 68 years old and doing 140 shows in a year,” admits Jon Bon Jovi. “Where I’m going, I don’t know. And that’s the beauty of it.”

Bon Jovi: Having Withdrawls? Bon Jovi's set at Hard Rock Calling to be broadcast LIVE

Are you having Bon Jovi with drawls?

Was the Ustream this weekend only enough to satisfy your craving?

You're in luck!

Absolute Radio in the UK is going to be broadcasting Bon Jovi's entire set from Hard Rock Calling live.

Now this may mean if you live outside the UK you won't get to hear it. But there are way around it.

Here's the link to the story: http://vry.gd/QD8 it's been unavailable for most of the evening. But yeah for Google Cache!

absolute radio

Bon Jovi: Backstage tour details from Dresden

Details on the backstage tour from Dresden.

Daniella bon-jovi.de forum had from Mike Rew on the exclusive "Bon Jovi Backstage Tour" to go the chance. Here you a complete report. There are lots of photos, Daniella has made ​​available to, all ye that in the photo gallery can watch.

Dresden, 10 June 2011, 14 clock, Ostragehege

Bon Jovi backline Chief Mike Rew welcomes us behind the giant stage with the words: "Do you have a camera with you? - Take as many pictures as you can "(" Do you have a camera then makes as many photos as possible "?). And let's go over a ramp directly into the heart of the stage. The sight tops all expectations and breath away! What start here is just fabulous! By now everyone knows: This equipment is without a doubt the World Best Touring Act - Bon Jovi!

Big, Bigger, Bon Jovi!

I have to think of this picture from the Big Apple - which start here is huge! A city made of steel, engineering, as far as the eye! Countless volunteers work hand in hand, it can be checked cables, monitors checked, tuned instruments. Each is highly concentrated, yet casually on it, there is always time for a brief small talk or a little joke.

Where should we just look first? There is the huge collection of guitars from Richie Sambora, and of course front man Jon Bon Jovi. This creates Kasinoff Kurt, who is responsible for Jon's guitars, the finishing touches. It checks strings, and of course must be in the evening each guitar fits passed to the second to the front man.

Mike takes us to a mixer with such proportions, seen as never before. Here is everything together, very professional, the last polls made. Mike tells us that each band member has their own cameras. The images below are controlled, evaluated and aired during the concert on the big screen phenomenal. These then are some trailers and clips, suitable to the individual songs. Later confirmed that nothing is left to chance: a precise, the stage show exactly the right pictures show leaves nothing to be desired.

With the eyes of the band ...

Now it is up to the stage. This path will take the band later to rock the stadium. Breathtaking view from here of the Ostragelände, which has already attracted many fans in the early afternoon is: Diamond Circle, Golden Circle, interior, stands. What must that be a sight for the band, when thousands hands go up and mitrocken!

Even here on the stage there is hustle and bustle. There is nothing left to chance. Hundreds of plug are in safe hands of their goal by organizing cables laid, - stumbling sure, of course.

Guitars, Drums and More!

The work of drummer Tico Torres looks bombastic. Joe Dorosz responsible for Ticos Drums swings the sticks and check out the sound. Right next to keyboardist David Bryan will hit the keys. Where to look first? My view to the front again, and there it is in the middle of the stage: Jon Bon Jovi black Takamine, with the white inscription "AP 95". The acronym stands for Al Parinello, Jon's guitar teacher, who died in 1995. For the real fans that gesture is as an image for the binding of this band from New Jersey who just brilliant not only with skill, but simply in the right place with the heart, through a continuum of "Brotherhood".

Jon's white mic stand is already built, next to the small desk for the setlist. At this time, and really see a set list, but still from a concert in Zagreb.

Takumi Suetsugu, Richie Samboras chief assistant, stands on the stage and tested in his usual casual way a guitar for the others. He also finds time to talk. When asked whether it was now routine to tour with Bon Jovi, he says: "You'll never get used to it. Every place is different, every crowd is different. It's always fun! "(" As you get used to never turn. Every place, every audience is different. It's always fun! ")

At the end it goes with Mike on the circular walkway that leads to complete the Golden Circle area. Here Jon Bon Jovi fro in the evening then, and deliver to crown the whole band with an acoustic performance that will blow even the most veteran enthusiast.

"Any questions left?" ("Are there any questions?") Wants to know Mike. I take this opportunity ", but I have a present for you! No" ("No question, but a gift for you!") A little perplexed, he is all too often seems to occur not ... "Oh, wow, a present? - Is it? What "(" a gift? Oh What is it? "), I hear him say, and broad grin, he jumps onto the web. I hand him a shirt of Benefit and Joy and tell him what it has on it. Bon Jovi fans build houses for the needy, as Jon Bon Jovi in it with his Soul Foundation. The result is the idea in the official German Bon Jovi Forum, the first building project took place in the last year in Romania. The seem to like him much, he listens attentively and commented on it with a "Great job, I appreciate that! Thank you very much! "(" Your doing a great job, I think it's great, thank you! ")

With a bundle full of unforgettable impressions of the backstage tour ends with Mike Rew. My conclusion: Highly recommended, unique, unique! And the best is yet to come: the show will begin at 20.30 clock! Rock On!

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Bon Jovi: American Idol Winner David Cook & PS22 Cover 'Prayer'

Aww these kids are so talented (and so is David Cook).  A while back PS22 did Prayer themselves.  They did a great job (its somewhere in archives).

They get SO excited when David starts playing it.

Bon Jovi: What do Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton & Bon Jovi have in common?

According to the website Wix.com they all have terrible websites.

Posted by The Wix Team | June 14th 2011

Celebrities have money. That’s their one common denominator. So you would think that they could use their massive resources to build themselves (and by “build themselves” read: freelance web designers) a properly designed, pretty website. Their entire livelihood hinges on their public appearance, so you’d assume their web presence would be just as carefully manicured. Well, you’d be wrong! Check out these 8 terrible celebrity website designs.

4. Bon Jovi
Normally, when you go to a website, it’s really hard to find the navigation. It could be anywhere from the top or bottom of the screen to the left or the right. Oh the humanity! Don’t fret though because Bon Jovi has included at least 3 navigation bars for your viewing ease. He’s also included about 4 different places to integrate yourself with his page on Facebook, Tweet with him or sign up to his newsletter that I’m sure tells all his fans that he just added a fifth Facebook button so you can like liking him while you like liking his page. So meta.

Ugh they refer to Bon Jovi (The Band) as He (Jon singular). I hate that.

Bon Jovi: A blurb from Telegraph TV on the European tour

All the magical nights at Wembley stadium....  We understand Jon you love playing in Europe.  :)



In honor of the show in Oslo, a 'fjord' side chat with David Bryan from the Lost Highway tour. Big props to @xdregina for saving this as a personal favorite.

With guest appearances from Richie & Tico

Bon Jovi: The Soul's attendance down this season

Like this wasn't expected.

By Kevin Tatum
Inquirer Staff Writer

Thirteen games into their return as a member of the Arena Football League, the Soul are fighting an uphill battle to reach .500, and trying to rebuild the fan base the team enjoyed during its previous existence.

Around this time in 2008 - the last year that the Soul fielded a squad before the league briefly folded - they were on their way to the AFL championship while averaging more than 16,000 fans at home games.

In the Soul's three most recent outings at the Wells Fargo Center, they drew a combined 23,258. For the season, the team is averaging about 9,000 spectators, though the crowds have appeared to fall short of the announced attendance each night.

The Soul's average attendance for the seasons before 2008 was 15,842 in 2007, 15,464 in 2006, 16,121 in 2005 and 16,852 in 2004.

"We were expecting the challenges in front of us, and we had no illusions," said John Adams, the vice president and chief operating officer for the Soul. "We knew we couldn't just snap our fingers and everybody would come back."

Adams, who worked in the Soul's front office when the organization joined the AFL in 2004, stayed until 2007 and was not on board when the team won the ArenaBowl.

He came back this year to an organization that had new owners in local businessman Craig Spencer and ex-Eagle Ron Jaworski.

When the Soul were last competing in the AFL, they were owned by rock star Jon Bon Jovi, whose involvement with the team no doubt had a positive effect on the organization.

"His resources and celebrity brought attention to the team," said Adams, a native of Renovo, Pa., who attended nearby Lock Haven University. "But we still would be facing some challenges now [even if Bon Jovi was the owner]. You can't go away for two years and expect to pick up where you left off. But we have committed owners, and a talented front office. We want the fans to come out and support the team. We won't go away this time."

With the AFL's new business model, Adams said the Soul and the league in general are in better position to make a profit. Under the system the league was employing before shutting down for one year after the 2008 season, player salaries were much higher.

While top players were getting paid in six figures back then, the average salary now is $400 a game for 18 outings. In 2010, the AFL began play again under the new system with 15 teams. The Soul were not among them.

The AFL now consists of 18 teams, one more than in 2008.

"Under the new model, you don't need the attendance you used to [in order to] break even," Adams said. "We don't have the past attendance number, but we're in better shape from the business standpoint. We have expectations of breaking even, and being successful, especially in the second year. We're much healthier than at this point in '08, and the opportunity for long-term success is there."

With about 4,000 season-ticket holders, Adams said the most important thing in attracting new buyers is "consistency" in the fan experience.

"We want the same family atmosphere that it's always been, and our job is to make sure the game presentation stays consistent," he said.

What will also help is for the Soul to make strides on the field.

"We have challenges on the field, and ultimately, we have to put a winner on the field," Adams said. "This is Philadelphia, and it will happen with this ownership."

I honestly didn't root for the Soul as hard as many of you, because from a sports fan perspective rooting for a team from Philly is emotionally wrong. I'm so emotionally vested in teams from the New York area (there's so much rivalry with Philly teams) and the fact we've been going to Tampa Bay Storm games when we would come down to Florida on vacation like 20 years ago, I couldn't root for a team from Philadelphia just because Jon owns it. So many fans did get into Arena Football because of Jon, so awesome. But if you did and you're still interested support your local team. You'll have a good time, you'll support the league and in a way you'll support the Soul.

Bon Jovi: Bon Jovissimo

Thanks @swissrichiegirl For the heads up on this article.

Translated courtesy of Google.

Munich - with a spectacular kick off on Friday evening the Germany tour of the U.S. band Bon Jovi in ​​Dresden on Sunday evening at her second stop of nearly 70,000 fans rocked the Munich Olympic Stadium.

as the Swabian world-class runner Dieter Baumann, the nandrolone was found doping products once because he suspected the evil stimulants in the toothpaste. Whether there but what is it? Finally, Jon Bon Jovi jam-packed Olympic stadium in similar symptoms: He is fit, in top shape, after two hours seems really warm up first. Also: His smile in a flawless unlined face is from the East to the West Coast is white and sparkling, so that any dentist that would accept color planes. A widely radiating anger and white.

Red Delight, however, the complexion of the estimated 70,000. Yes, Jon is more than Bon, he is Bonissimo. And Bon Jovi reliably give the honest worker in the vineyard of rock music. Since each cluster may not be the same aromatic, but overall as tasty as more generous vintage. Three hours (!) Drinkable with taste.

We take you for a look at the Stadionuhr. It is half past eight in the evening, and the keyboard intones Runaway. The boss may even play the solo, first ecstasy in the oval. The doping effect. And especially because Richie Sambora after burnout and alcohol problems join in again. And how! He seems to have just missed his guitar as his fans. When Blaze of Glory it seems as he was playing for his life. Since cry mainstream melodies that leaves no cold. And because Bon Jovi to come across as likeable as modest, they do it, Bad Medicine, among other things incorporate the Scorpions into. And the stadium sings Rock You Like A Hurricane . Respect!

The latest album is thankfully a best-of. Why, for luck? Because a bunch of old world Jovi Hits Bon serve. Our highlight was the first on the stage when many stars exhausted on the massage table flacken already or under the hot shower are: After about two and half hours served the band, which over millions of albums sold 130 has been one after another Keep the Faith , Dry County and Wanted Dead or Alive . Always on the attack. Pleasure and sensation are huge. The Jovi-machine is in full swing, this round and harmonious as a Ford Mustang on the highway to New Jersey. On the highway the hell is going on.

What ennobles Jovi Bon: The Hits, which for real rockers rather - well - are getting used to have live Drive. Best example: Bed of Roses. Since Jon is in the audience on the platform and sings with a fervor that perceived purchasing power of the German flowers multiplies. And when the glorious four of the band to come forward with - accordion, guitar, rhythm guitar, drums - then we have to Bells of Freedom just that: freedom and harmony vocals, that one's ears ringing big.

Bon Jovi are and remain the kings of mainstream rock. A palatable drops. Finally, the fans smile as wide as in life-doping: from the East to the West Coast.

One thing I noticed about the Munich show was not one track off of Lost Highway.  I know there's probably some detailed explanation on how Lost Highway sold better than These Days here in the States, but I don't think there's a single long term (meaning prior to these days, even prior to Crush) here in the US who wouldn't trade every song off Lost Highway for one track off These Days (besides Something for the Pain).

So maybe next tour a little less We Got it Goin' On and maybe a little more Damned.


Bon Jovi: Pictures from Munich

Bon Jovi: ICYMI The Munich Live stream

Great Job @Serpephone for capturing the whole UStream and uploading it to youtube.

Bon Jovi: The Soho Artist in Residence Issue is gaining Worldwide Attention

Courtney Love. I can't stop laughing that he singled her out. Have you listened to a Recent Courtney Love or Hole album? She makes crap!

And crap is art in New York, look at Spiderman the Musical!

Will Pavia, in New York From: The Australian June 13, 2011 12:00AM

Many residents of SoHo are living in their homes illegally. Source: AP

FOR many years, the artists' lofts of SoHo have been occupied by people whose artistic output ceased shortly after they left primary school.

The vast living spaces in what was becoming one of Manhattan's most trendy neighbourhoods were still technically set aside for artists, but they were now selling for millions of dollars to Wall Street investors, media personalities and celebrities. These new residents did not qualify as fine artists, according to the strict requirements of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs.

Never mind, said their real estate agents; they simply had to sign a waiver, and the rule restricting occupation of their property to artists would never be enforced. Until recently, that is.

According to local residents and property brokers, the city changed course suddenly. Horror stories began to circulate of people who had tried to renovate their kitchen and had been denied permission because they lacked an "artist in residence" certificate.

In the ensuing panic, sales fell through, and some of the wealthiest and most respectable residents of Manhattan were shocked to discover that they were residing in their homes illegally. "I have lost four sales in the past two months," said Margaret Baisley, a real estate lawyer. "Buyers just don't want the risk."

About 300 anxious residents filled a neighbourhood church this month to debate what should be done.

"For 30 years, the buildings department ignored it," said Sean Sweeney, 65, a former music industry executive. "Then suddenly they were enforcing it to the 't'. They went from zero to 100 per cent."

Mr Sweeney, head of the SoHo Alliance, a neighbourhood group, said his concern was that if the law was changed, it would become easier for landlords to evict those artists that remained and redevelop the properties. "Then suddenly they can start charging $US10,000 a month," he said.

Mr Sweeney thought an amnesty might prove the best solution for existing non-artist residents. "Sort of like what they did with the Mexicans 10 years ago," he said. "Except, instead of Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande, it's an amnesty for bankers."

He said musician Jon Bon Jovi, who has reportedly put his penthouse up for sale for $US30 million, was among those who wanted the law changed despite qualifying as a fine artist.

"He manufactures music," Mr Sweeney said. "But then you have people like Meg Ryan, we have Willem Dafoe, Courtney Love." He was not sure if they had qualified or not. "But if Philip Glass could live here 40 years ago, why not Courtney Love?" he asked.

Ms Baisley said she believed the city's buildings department became stricter after a number of lawsuits were brought against it.

In response, Jenny Gilbert, a spokeswoman for the department, said: "The city's zoning resolution requires tenants to have artist-in-residence certification in order to live in this light manufacturing district. The department will continue to enforce the zoning resolution as it is written."

Bon Jovi" 'Cult' Rockers back on the road

Ok, maybe they are Cult rockers, I mean we're all a little cult of fans.

Imagine if Jon decided to make Bon Jovi a religion, then we'd really be a cult (and OH! the tax benefits).

Updated: 22:56, Sunday June 12, 2011
New Jersey cult rockers Bon Jovi are in Europe on the final leg of the band's Full Circle Tour.

According to Reuters, the group was back in its full line-up at the gig in Zagreb, when lead guitarist Richie Sambora rejoined his bandmates on stage following his recent stint in rehab.

'Oh, it's great to be back on the continent again', lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said. 'It's the final leg of the Circle tour, the longest tour we've done in almost two decades. But we're happy, we're healthy, we're having a good time.'

The Full Circle Tour started off back in February 2010, and the band has since played more than 85 shows all over the world at venues including the O2 Arena in London. Bon Jovi will be returning to the UK, but will also be playing in other European cities, including Munich in Germany, Istanbul (Turkey), Athens (Greece) and Lisbon (Portugal).

Speaking of how the tour has evolved since starting over a year ago, the singer said:

'There's a lot of songs, you know, that's for sure -- we're playing stuff from all the albums, dating back to 'Runaway' to the most recent album 'The Circle'. The song list has changed every night. For any of you who were at the O2 last summer we played a month long stint there. There was 72 different songs performed. So with any luck I'll outdo myself on this run on the continent.'

Since their formation in the early 1980s Bon Jovi have become one of the most successful rock acts of all time. The band has sold more than 130 million records worldwide to date and played at more than 2,600 gigs over the course of their career.

Jon Bon Jovi said with being spoiled for so much choice it would be hard to pick out his most memorable performance. He said he was looking forward to the upcoming stint at Munich's Olympic Stadium. 'It'll be one that I always remember', Jon Bon Jovi said. Dublin is another favourite for the US rocker.

'The RDS we're revisiting in Dublin which is a place that we haven't played in a long time that's where the famous statement that even God and the angels had seats at the Bon Jovi concert because that was when I was talking and the lightening and the thunder hit right on queue and of course all the magical nights at Wembley stadium, closing it down. Hyde Park, nobody has ever had 93,000 people in Hyde Park before -- you know with the exception of like The Prince's Trust kind of concert. -- So many things over so many years -- we're really happy to be back.'

The quartet was the biggest touring act in the world last year with ticket sales of $201 million, according to concert trade publication Pollstar.

And Jon you don't need to tell us how much you love Europe, we already know. :)

Bon Jovi: Getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in....

Great idea to the Star Ledger a Newspaper in Northern New Jersey is going to be creating a Virtual New Jersey Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

Props to the for finding a picture in their archives of Jon, SSJ & BRUUUUUUCE.

Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 6:50 AM Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 6:52 AM
By Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger

Star-Ledger File Photo
Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank in 2003. All are leading candidates for the virtual New Jersey Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

There’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And there’s a New Jersey Hall of Fame. But there’s no New Jersey Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

But there will be. Soon.

By the end of this summer, The Star-Ledger will create a virtual New Jersey Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame on its website, New Jersey Online (nj.com/njrockhall). Readers will be able to go there to learn about the inductees, look at photos and videos, and discuss who should be inducted.

We want to know what New Jerseyans think about various candidates. As a first step, we will hold a panel discussion — and ask audience members to lobby for or against candidates — at the Morris Museum in Morris Township (which is now hosting an exhibit on New Jersey rock history), on June 22.

The Star-Ledger staff will be the sole determiner of who gets inducted. But we will listen to what everyone has to say, and read every online comment. Yes, we are leaning in certain ways, for certain candidates. But our minds are not made up.

Our choices may not be universally popular. But I guarantee this: We will do a better job than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with its elaborate selection process, has been able to do.

Why are we doing this? We think it will be a valuable online resource. We think it will be a fun ongoing debate to have. Most important, we want to give props to the Jersey artists who deserve it.

Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger
Bass drumheads from the band the Smithereens, which are part of the "Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State" exhibit currently at the Morris Museum.

We will define rock ’n’ roll as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does — basically, all popular music, from the 1950s on. We may have separate categories, as in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for sidemen, early influences and non-performers. But we’ll also think about adding some categories.
What about one for venues, past and present? The Stone Pony, Maxwell’s, the Capitol Theatre …
What about one for songs that are about the state in some way? “Palisades Park,” by Freddy Cannon, “Jersey Girl” by Tom Waits. Or are by Jersey artists who might not make it into the hall on their own? “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass, “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by P.M. Dawn …

Whereas the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame requires a 25-year period since the release of an artist’s first recording, we will have no such rule. As soon as you’ve accomplished enough, you’re in. We will induct the strongest candidates in the first year, and then add more inductees annually. (Inductees will receive nothing, by the way, except the page on nj.com/njrockhall devoted to them.)

Star-Ledger File Photo
Patti Smith, onstage at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, last year.

All musicians who have lived in New Jersey for at least some part of their lives will be eligible. But we will consider the amount of time artists have been in the state, and how involved they have been in the local scene. There are hugely important musicians who became famous elsewhere, then bought mansions in New Jersey — Stevie Wonder, a New Jersey Hall of Fame finalist last year, is an example of this — but that probably won’t be enough.

Do people think of you as a New Jerseyan? If the answer is no, you probably won’t get in.


What is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s track record on New Jersey artists? Mixed, at best.
Bruce Springsteen was selected in his first year of eligibility — rightly so, though the E Street Band should have been inducted along with him (and will have a place in our hall). The Four Seasons, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, the Shirelles, the Rascals, the Isley Brothers and Les Paul (as an early influence) are all in — no arguments there.
But look at some New Jerseyans the hall has left out.

• Bon Jovi. Granted, they’re not the most original band in the world. But they have a mountain of hits and have been a dependably dynamic concert act for decades. Like it or not, they’re one of the defining rock bands of their generation.

Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston, together in 2004.

• Whitney Houston. She’s got the hits, and she’s got the artistic impact: She’s been a primary influence for everyone from Mariah Carey to Lady Gaga. Yes, her decline has been sad to watch, but that’s no reason not to celebrate her achievements.

• Dionne Warwick. Brought a rare sense of musical sophistication to the pop charts in the ’60s and ’70s.

• Frank Sinatra. Yes, he hated rock ’n’ roll, at first. But he did soften that stance a bit, as the years went on, recording songs by the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel, and dueting with Bono. His swaggering vocal style helped pave the way for rock ’n’ roll and, like Les Paul, he should be honored as an early influence.

Then there are the Jersey acts that probably will never receive much consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself but are natural fits for a statewide hall: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Connie Francis, the Smithereens, Gloria Gaynor, Yo La Tengo.

How about the Feelies? Their albums were never commercial juggernauts, but they had a big influence on many alt-rock musicians. Or the Misfits, who loom similarly large in the punk world?
And, of course, since we have no restrictions on eligibility, we can consider younger artists too. The Fugees. Queen Latifah. What about My Chemical Romance? Fountains of Wayne? The Jonas Brothers?

What about a band such as Stone Temple Pilots? Two of the guys are from New Jersey, two aren’t. Or, returning to older artists, people like Carole King, Trey Anastasio, Al Anderson (of Bob Marley’s Wailers) and Joe Walsh? All have Jersey roots.

Should Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean be considered as solo artists, or just as Fugees members? Or as both?

We’ll have to figure all that out, with your help.

Let the debate begin.

What are your thoughts?

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