Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bon Jovi to be 2018 Rock Hall inductees

2018 Rock Hall inductees (L-R):
Richie Sambora, Alec John Such,
Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres,
David Bryan.
They're in! (Well, they will be very soon.)

First of all, Bon Jovi fans made sure the band won the fan ballot. The top five in the fan vote were:

  1. Bon Jovi - 1.16M votes
  2. Moody Blues - 947K
  3. Dire Straits - 613K
  4. The Cars - 552K
  5. Judas Priest - 538K
Each of the top five gets one additional vote in the official induction vote. But ever since the fan vote was introduced, whoever finished on top has been inducted into the Rock Hall, while others in the top five have been known to miss out. So this was the first step. 

Still, there are certain committee members who have worked to keep Bon Jovi and other bands they don't take seriously out of the Rock Hall, so that was another hurdle to overcome. But today, it was announced that Bon Jovi will be one of next year's inductees. The Class of 2018 is as follows:
  • Bon Jovi
  • The Cars
  • Dire Straits
  • Moody Blues
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 2018. As previously mentioned, it will be the original lineup of Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such who are officially inducted. In an interview with the Asbury Park Press, Jon indicated that Richie and Alec would be part of the ceremony:
“I haven’t had the opportunity to hear from either of them (Sambora and Such) but without a doubt, they both will be invited and asked to not only come and share it, but to perform,” Bon Jovi said. 
The article also revealed that the two upcoming songs are called "When We Were Us" and "Walls", and that a tour announcement is imminent (though it feels like we've been hearing that for months!).

Read the full article at this link.

UPDATE: Rolling Stone posted an interview with Tico and David. Among other things, they talk about how the original and current lineups fit into the band's legacy:

Bands often play with former members at the induction ceremony. Are you down to play with Richie Sambora and Alec John Such that night?

Tico Torres:
David Bryan: Yeah. Why not?
Tico Torres: They are a huge part of us. We'd love it if they played with us.

Do you keep in touch with Alec?

Tico Torres:
Honestly, he's a mystery sometimes. The hard part is finding him.
David Bryan: Alec is definitely a moving target.

He played with you guys in 2001. The fans are always very curious about him. He's the mystery man of Bon Jovi to so many people.

Tico Torres: He's always been the mystery man of Bon Jovi, even then he was like 007.

Do you think he'll show up?

Tico Torres: I think so.
David Bryan: I would hope so. The idea is that it's a celebration of what we were and what we are, so that was definitely what we were and we are what we are now. I think its a celebration of both those things. You'll see the current lineup and then see the original. It should be a fun night.

Many people will argue that Hugh McDonald should be inducted since he's been there for so long.

Tico Torres: He's a big part of the band. They should acknowledge that.

Read the full interview at this link.

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Bon Jovi music on the way: JBJ on Facebook Live

Rehearsing for next year's tour (Photo: Jon Bon Jovi/Instagram)
Jon Bon Jovi did a Facebook Live video yesterday to answer some fan questions. A big announcement had been teased, which turned out to be that new Bon Jovi music is on the way. Here are the main takeaways from the video:
  • Bon Jovi will be releasing two new songs soon. No release date was given, but Jon said the tracks were "to support what we hope to be sharing with you soon in 2018". He followed that statement with a very obvious wink.
  • Current events have influenced one of the new songs, but not in a way that's too obviously political.
  • The band has been rehearsing songs from the back catalogue, including album tracks from Keep the Faith and These Days. Jon says rehearsals are sounding great and specifically mentioned "Dry County", "Blaze of Glory", "Hey God", and "These Days" as tracks they've been practising.
  • Bon Jovi has been approached numerous times about doing a musical based on the band's music. Jon says he's more focused on writing new music than a play, but isn't completely ruling it out.

You can watch the full video below, or on Bon Jovi's Facebook page:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Flashback: Jon Bon Jovi hosts SNL

Jon Bon Jovi hosted Saturday Night Live 10 years ago, on October 13, 2007.

Since we're currently on a break in the tour and no new dates have been confirmed, I thought I'd share a few clips from that episode.

Amy's Bedroom (cold open) - JBJ emerges from a teenage Amy Poehler's poster:

New Jersey Game Show - Jon plays a stereotypical Jersey native:

Where's My Purse? - Jon plays an alien:

Naming the Band - A fictional account of how Bon Jovi got their name:

I couldn't find Jon's monologue, where Richie Sambora forgot his scripted line. (This stuff-up was supposedly the reason why Bon Jovi ended up performing two songs in the episode and Foo Fighters only did one, despite Foo Fighters being the musical guests.)

Anyway, Phil X said on Twitter a few days ago that more tour dates would be announced "soon" so fingers crossed:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bon Jovi nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Image: Bon Jovi/Facebook
Bon Jovi is one of the 2018 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They have been eligible since 2008 (Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record) and were previously nominated in 2011, but obviously weren't inducted.

The 2018 nominees are:
  • Bon Jovi 
  • Kate Bush 
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • The J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • The Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies
If Bon Jovi were to get in, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such would be the ones inducted, alongside Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres. This could mean the original lineup performs together at the induction ceremony, which would be interesting... I have no idea if Alec even plays anymore.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that Hugh McDonald won't be inducted with Bon Jovi. I know Alec was the bassist during their most influential period, but Hugh contributed to every album except 7800° Fahrenheit; played uncredited on Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, and Keep the Faith; and has been in the band longer than Alec was (albeit not classified as an official member until 2016). I don't mean to sell Alec short either; I think they should both be included, but I can't do anything about it.

Of course, that's all moot if the committee overlooks Bon Jovi again.

Anyway, the fan vote for who you think should be inducted into the Rock Hall is now open. Until December 5, 2017, you can vote once a day for up to five artists. The results of the fan ballot count as one vote.

Friday, September 29, 2017

RSO EP Rise out now

Rise, the debut EP by Richie Sambora and Orianthi's duo RSO has finally been released. (It's been four-and-a-half years since Richie left Bon Jovi, and almost four years since he met Orianthi. Plus we've heard a lot of "soons" in response to when their new music was coming out.) The track list is as follows:

  1. Rise
  2. Masterpiece
  3. Truth
  4. Take Me
  5. Good Times (feat. k-os)
I know some fans are a bit disappointed that after such a long wait, there are only five tracks being released. But it's been reported (though not officially announced as far as I'm aware) that Rise will be followed by a second EP, before a full album in 2018.

(UPDATE 30/09/17: RSO's e-newsletter and website confirm that Rise is the first of two projects to be released in 2017, with a full-length album coming next year.)

Rise was leaked last weekend so I've actually been listening to it for a few days. It's far from the guitar-driven record I was expecting when I first heard that Richie and Ori were working on new music together, but not a total shock after they debuted "Truth" live at NAMM earlier this year:

Anyway, Rise is a pretty diverse collection of songs. I'm hearing some country and RnB influences, among other things. It's grown on me over the past few days, and I have now bought a copy.

Listen to "Masterpiece":

You can purchase Rise on iTunes and Amazon. (UPDATE 30/09/17: If you get it via the RSO website, you'll receive a reggae remix of "Good Times" as a bonus track.)

You can also stream Rise in its entirety on Spotify:

Have you downloaded or listened to the EP? What do you think?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bon Jovi in Sao Paulo 23/09/17 + Where to next?

Bon Jovi wrapped up the South American leg of their This House Is Not For Sale Tour in São Paulo. Here's what was played:

São Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque - September 23, 2017
  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. Knockout
  4. You Give Love a Bad Name
  5. Born to Be My Baby
  6. Lost Highway
  7. We Weren't Born to Follow
  8. Lay Your Hands on Me
  9. In These Arms
  10. New Year's Day
  11. (You Want To) Make a Memory
  12. Bed of Roses
  13. It's My Life
  14. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  15. Wanted Dead or Alive
  16. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  17. Have a Nice Day
  18. Keep the Faith
  19. Bad Medicine

  20. Always
  21. Livin' on a Prayer
  22. These Days
Jon danced with a fan during "Bed of Roses", while "Make a Memory" made its tour debut.

Videos from São Paulo

"Bed of Roses" (I was pretty much grinning through for most of this):

Here's most of "Make a Memory":

"You Give Love a Bad Name"... and Jon working the catwalk with some nice mic stand twirls:

"Lay Your Hands on Me":


"These Days":

"Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" (including a reflective speech for Jon mid-song):

If you'd like to share more videos from this show, feel free to link to them in the comments.🙂

Jon's voice has been the subject of plenty of discussion in fan circles over the last few years (for good reason), but there have been signs during the South American leg that it's improving. It's nice to see a bit of rock star swagger in these videos too. 😉

Were you in São Paulo?

There's been no official word on any other tour dates, but Phil X tweeted that Europe is on the cards for 2018:

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting that an Australian tour is set for late 2018:
BON Jovi are set to answer Gold Coast music fans’ prayers next year when they bring their 2018 Australian tour to Metricon Stadium.
Leading promoter Paul Dainty, president and CEO of TEG Dainty, said he had been working to deliver local music fans a stadium show at the home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.
“When Bon Jovi tours next year, I’ll bring them to Metricon,” he said.
“We had something for February next year but we couldn’t get it in there with the Commonwealth Games but we’ve got Bon Jovi coming in 2018/2019.”

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bon Jovi at Rock in Rio 22/09/17

Image: Rock in Rio Facebook
Bon Jovi performed to a massive crowd at Rock in Rio 2017, and here's what they played:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Barra Olympic Park - September 22, 2017

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Raise Your Hands
  3. Knockout
  4. You Give Love a Bad Name
  5. Born to Be My Baby
  6. Lost Highway
  7. Because We Can
  8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  9. Runaway
  10. We Got It Goin' On
  11. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  12. Bed of Roses
  13. It's My Life
  14. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
  15. Roller Coaster
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. Lay Your Hands on Me
  18. Keep the Faith
  19. Bad Medicine

  20. Have a Nice Day
  21. Livin' on a Prayer
There was a broadcast of this set after all, though not for international audiences. The band was on fire and seemed to be having a great time. The crowd looked really into it, even on songs I didn't expect them to want to hear. Jon was still patchy, but there were times, like during "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "Keep the Faith" when I really felt like The Frontman was on his way back.

Videos from Rio

I believe Rock in Rio videos are being blocked in certain countries, but here goes.

Main set (from broadcast):

Encore (from broadcast):

Were you at Rock in Rio?

The South American leg of Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale Tour wraps up tonight in São Paulo.