Monday, July 11, 2016

Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora sing Livin' on a Prayer at wedding

If you're on social media at all you've probably already seen this moment already. It was even lampooned on The Project here in Australia. But in case you've missed it, Jon Bon Jovi was recently filmed singing Livin' on a Prayer during a wedding at which he was a guest. Jazz singer Lourdes Valentin and her band were officially providing the entertainment, but the "encouragement" from Lourdes, the camera person, and the surrounding guests (who subsequently whipped out their phones) seems to have pushed Jon to get up for an impromptu duet.

It's a bit awkward. It's a bit off-key. And Jon's trying to sing the acoustic version, which isn't what the band is playing. I don't think it was as bad as some people are making out, but it didn't really do Jon any favours either.

Many of us fans know Jon's voice isn't what it used to be, and he needs a fair bit of warming up before he can sing anywhere near his current best, which he didn't get. The Associated Press reports that Lourdes asked Jon beforehand if he wanted to sing and he declined, so she has been copping some abuse online from fans for peer pressuring him into it.

Perhaps she shouldn't have done that song, knowing it would make Jon the centre of attention, especially if he'd already knocked back the offer to sing. But cyberbullying her is wrong.

Meanwhile, our old mate Richie Sambora -- and his partner Orianthi -- also sang Livin' on a Prayer at a recent wedding.

Check out the footage at TMZ.

IMO Richie's performance is a lot better, but since he was handed a guitar as well, he could sing in the key he was used to. Like Jon, he's doing the acoustic version, which is easier on the vocals. And IIRC, when Richie performs Livin' on a Prayer with his full band, he doesn't go up for the key change.

I say this not to criticise, but to point out that both Jon and Richie know their signature song is too damn high for them. (Hell, it's too high for me, and I'm a woman.)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Olivia Crawford & Georgia Fletcher cover Livin' on a Prayer

This video was shared on Blame It On The Love's Facebook page back in March, but here's a piano/vocal version of a Bon Jovi classic... Livin' on a Prayer. I was told that the singer, Olivia, is 14 years old.

What do you think of Georgia and Olivia's cover?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hey man, I'm alive... (and updates from Bon Jovi land)

It's been a long, long, LONG time since my last post. I hadn't intended to be off the grid for so long, but you know how it is... You decide to take an extended break between legs of a tour and in the blink of an eye, you've been out of the band for three years and they've made two records without you. Oh wait, that's someone else's story. :P

All jokes aside, I am still alive. I started studying again this year, which has taken a bit of getting used to, and I'm working on my first novel. (I also have a writing/everything else blog, on which I average about a post a month -- not that impressive, but better than what I've been doing here.)

As proof of life, here I am getting pulled up on stage at a Bon Jovi tribute show in Perth. (The video's actually 10 months old, which makes it even older than my last post, but I don't think I ever shared it here. I feel a bit silly but it was fun.)

As far as Bon Jovi goes, I've been sharing bits and pieces on Blame It On The Love's Facebook page so come over and like us if you haven't already.

The biggest news on the Bon Jovi front is that the band has completed its latest album, This House Is Not For Sale. And after spectacularly parting ways with Mercury Records when they released Burning Bridges last year, they are now back with Mercury/Island/Universal Music Group. Go figure!

Hugh McDonald, David Bryan, Tico Torres, John Shanks (producer), Jon Bon Jovi, Phil X.
Photo by David Bergman.

I must say, I do like the fact that Phil X is in this photo because it implies that he recorded on the new album -- as he should, given he works as a session guitarist and is likely to be playing these songs on tour. I was worried that they would just use John Shanks as the guitarist in the studio like they did on Burning Bridges.

Speaking of guitarists... At the opening of the B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together) in Ocean County, New Jersey, Jon was interviewed by CBS This Morning. He said this about Richie Sambora:
"I haven't seen him in over three years. He just didn't show up for work anymore. And that's the truth of the matter."

Which is pretty sad really. I don't mean that in a judgmental way; simply that many of us know first hand how quickly someone can go from being a massive part of your life to being virtually nothing.

Meanwhile, Orianthi spoke to Rolling Stone about her long-awaited album with Richie. And apparently (cue everyone with an opinion about Lost Highway) it'll have a country feel:
"The great thing about country songs is the storytelling. They're really moving and well-crafted, and that's something Richie and I wanted to explore. 
"There are songs where I'm just singing and he's backing me up, and vice versa, and songs where we're singing together... It really takes you on a journey, and there's a great blend to our voices."
Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

So, what do you think? Looking forward to the new album(s)? Filled with dread? Somewhere in between? Let me know.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Epoch Failure's hip hop cover of Livin' on a Prayer

This landed in my inbox a few days ago but I've been so busy I only got to it now.

Epoch Failure is an urban pop duo featuring singer/producer Billy Joe "Billy the Kidd" Marrero and rapper Nick "Nickey Knoxx" Young. You may have heard their song Champion; it's been on various sports-related ads, including in my native Australia. Like Bon Jovi, Epoch Failure hails from New Jersey and I'm told Livin' on a Prayer is one of their all-time favourite songs. Anyway, they recently did their own version of Livin' on a Prayer and you can check it out below.

Epoch Failure - Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi Cover)

I'm not a huge fan of rap and RnB, but I liked that they took a risk and made it their own. It's very different to the original so what do you think?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi performs Blind Love & Fingerprints; talks about 2016 album

At the last fan club show of 2015 -- in Dallas, Texas -- Jon Bon Jovi debuted Blind Love and Fingerprints from Burning Bridges. Check out the videos.

Blind Love


And since I'm already here, here are a few other videos from the gig, courtesy of Serpephone.

Destination Anywhere - The album of the same name is probably my favourite solo project of anyone from Bon Jovi.

Never Say Goodbye - Jon started this twice after a funny mixup with the lyrics.

With These Two Hands - A bonus track from What About Now that's arguably better than half the actual album.

You Give Love a Bad Name - This is similar to the version Bon Jovi did for the This Left Feels Right DVD and on MTV Unplugged, which is not to everyone's liking, but it's something a little different.

Jon also said the new album, This House Is Not for Sale, will be out in the first half of 2016. Here's part of the Q&A from this show.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bon Jovi Tel Aviv set list 3/10/15

Bon Jovi's last stop on the tour -- their first concert in Israel -- was not without pre-show controversy. Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters -- who has been campaigning for musicians to boycott Israel -- wrote this open letter accusing Jon, David Bryan, and Tico Torres of supporting crimes committed by the Israeli Government by going ahead with the concert.

Would've been nice to get some surprises for the last show after all that, but anyway, here's what was played.

Tel Aviv, Israel - Park HaYarkon - October 3, 2015
  1. That's What the Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love a Bad Name
  3. Raise Your Hands
  4. Runaway
  5. We Got It Goin' On
  6. We Weren't Born to Follow
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. Wanted Dead or Alive
  14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  15. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  16. Keep the Faith
  17. Bad Medicine
  18. Encore:
  19. In These Arms
  20. Born to Be My Baby
  21. Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars
  22. Have a Nice Day
  23. Livin' on a Prayer

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bon Jovi Abu Dhabi set list 1/10/15

In another setback to the tour, Bon Jovi's two scheduled concerts in Taipei, Taiwan were cancelled due to Typhoon Dujuan.

So next up was Abu Dhabi. Jon had the #18 on his guitar in honour of Evan Murray, a New Jersey high school quarterback who died during a football game. It was a touching tribute.

When Bon Jovi played in Abu Dhabi on the Lost Highway tour, that show marked the first time the electric version of Bed of Roses had been played in five years. This time around there were no such pleasant surprises, and sadly, this review highlighted what many of us have known about Jon's voice for quite some time. It used to be that only a certain type of diehard fan really noticed when Jon sounded bad, but it seems like it's getting to the point where we can't just say "Oh, he's having an off night" most nights anymore. I say this not to be mean, but because Jon is one of my musical idols and frankly, it hurts to hear a guy who used to have one of the best rock voices now struggling to hit the notes in his own songs.

Anyway, here's what was played.

Abu Dhabi, UAE - du Arena Yas Island - October 1, 2015
  1. That's What The Water Made Me
  2. You Give Love A Bad Name
  3. Raise Your Hands
  4. Born To Be My Baby
  5. We Got It Going On
  6. We Weren't Born To Follow
  7. Lost Highway
  8. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  9. We Don't Run
  10. It's My Life
  11. Because We Can
  12. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night - acoustic
  13. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  15. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  16. Keep The Faith
  17. Bad Medicine
  18. Encore:
  19. In These Arms
  20. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars
  21. Have A Nice Day
  22. Livin' On A Prayer