Bon Jovi: JBJ and friends Live CD w/Backstage membership

All Year 23 Backstage Jon Bon Jovi Standard and Signature members* have a special treat in store for the new year. In January, all Year 23 Standard and Signature members will receive Jon Bon Jovi & Friends LIVE - an exclusive CD compilation of both Bon Jovi originals and cover songs performed by Jon Bon Jovi and Friends.

Backstage members get a sneak peek at the CD's track list before anyone else. Check it out!
Jon Bon Jovi & Friends LIVE

So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
You Give Love a Bad Name
Ain't Nothin' But a House Party
Lost Highway
Pretty Woman
We Weren't Born to Follow
Under Pressure
Sympathy for the Devil
Baba O'Riley
Sleep When I'm Dead
Who Says You Can't Go Home
The Letter
Old Time Rock & Roll

*Members who purchased starting September 14, 2011 onwards will be receiving this CD in their package. If you are a current online only member, you can upgrade your membership to receive this CD.


Bon Jovi: Getting Bamboozled?

The other acts aren't confirmed until 12/14 but the Asbury Park press is reporting it so.

8:54 PM, Dec. 12, 2011 | Comments

Nancy Shields and Chris Jordan | Staff Writers

ASBURY PARK — The Bamboozle Festival, which has grown into a music institution since its inception in 2003, will return to its birth city here next May with rocker Jon Bon Jovi headlining the three-day event.

John D’Esposito, Live Nation talent buyer and founder of the Bamboozle, said Monday it was time to return here, and the City Council last Friday agreed to sign an agreement for the 10th annual festival to be held on the city’s waterfront May 18, 19 and 20.

The event began in Asbury Park but by 2006 moved to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.

So far, only Bon Jovi, one of the top-touring acts in the music business, and the festival’s other headliners, California pop-punkers blink-182 and the Foo Fighters, a top-selling rock band formed in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, have been announced as performing.

Details about some 100 additional musical performers, who could draw an estimated 40,000 people a day over three days, will be forthcoming, D’Esposito said.

The Bamboozle has grown since starting out as a jam band weekend at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park in 2003. There's been a stadium-sized California Bamboozle and a traveling edition called the Bamboozle Roadshow.

All along, D'Esposito has had the foresight to merge rock acts like Fall Out Boy with hip-hop stars like Snoop Dogg, along with comedy acts, games and established artists, like Boyz II Men, for an eclectic event that's has stayed relevant to today’s fans.

“He's definitely molded an event with cutting edge new acts that fits its changing tastes within the music industry and he takes the old and makes it new again,” said Scott Stamper, owner of The Saint nightclub on Main Street, here. “It's a fresh approach and he's stuck to his guns. He's changed the thinking of how to produce a music festival.”

D’Esposito said the designated area for the festival — Bradley Park, Convention Hall Complex, parts of Ocean Avenue, the boardwalk and oceanfront land from Convention Hall north to Deal Lake —will “serve as a remarkable site.”

He said that when he switched the site from the first years at the Stone Pony and then one year at Convention Hall to to the Meadowlands in 2006, it was because the festival had outgrown the the capacity of what was available in Asbury Park at that time.

Yet during the past three years, D’Espositio said, he has learned that “a festival site makes a festival’ and at the Meadowlands, the Bamboozle was in a parking lot.

“Now I believe the political and development climate in Asbury is stable and supportive to help us bring the event back to where it began and look to expand it as an annual tradition in a historical and musical town,” D’Esposito said.

“We’re incredibly excited and think this is a testimony to how far the city has come and how well the waterfront developers and the city are going to be able to work together,” said Anselm Fusco, a vice president with Madison Marquette which owns many of the beachfront buildings and played a role in the negotiations between the city and Bamboozle.

Asbury Park will get a guarantee of $200,000 for the use of the city beach and portion of the waterfront that belongs to the city, City Manager Terence Reidy said.

The city also will share in the ticket sales, getting a fee when sales go over certain thresholds and bonuses if they reach certain numbers. The city will get the $200,000 and an estimated $160,000 for costs of police, fire, emergency medical technicians and public works 10 days before the festival.

“The city is on a path for financial independence and part of it is owning what we offer the world,” Reidy said. “We are a brand with a rich history, so we’re once again coming of age to own who we are and the offer that we are.”

The festival promoter at this time is offering only three-day ticket packages which go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday for $190 plus applicable fees. For more ticket information, visit www.thebamboozle.com.

The Sayreville-born Bon Jovi and his previous bands often played Asbury Park in the late 70s and early 80s as they were coming through the ranks en route to superstardom.

“I saw Jon open up for Hall and Oates at the Fast Lane,” said Stamper, the nightclub owner, who played with Bon Jovi on the Morgan Firemen Little League Sayreville team in the mid-70s.

The band Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million records. The band's members include Richie Sambora, who grew up in Woodbridge; David Bryan, formerly of Edison and now of Colts Neck; and Tico Torres, formerly of Woodbridge.

The Jovi Fund is not at capacity yet. UGH!


Bon Jovi: When the past catches up with you....

It usually happens in Florida.

This means the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has at least one Bon Jovi item, unlike it's sister location in Tampa.  Which makes me angry every time I go.

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