Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The making of This House Is Not For Sale music video

Earlier this month, Bon Jovi released their new single and title track of their upcoming album, "This House Is Not For Sale", along with the accompanying music video.

The "making of" video for the music video (that's a mouthful to say aloud!) has now been released.





Friday, August 12, 2016

This House Is Not For Sale music video


Bon Jovi's new music video for "This House Is Not For Sale" has officially dropped. As the teasers on their Facebook page suggested, both Phil X and Hugh McDonald are in the video. The video also comes with closed captions on YouTube, with what I would assume are the official lyrics (so you can compare them with the transcribed version I came up with last night).

Anyway, here is the video for "This House Is Not For Sale":

 


And the correct lyrics:

These four walls have got a story to tell
The door is off the hinges, there's no wish in the well
Outside the sky is coal black, the streets are on fire
The picture window's cracked and there's nowhere to run
I know, I know
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

Drove a spike into the ground and I staked my claim
Standing on the dirt where they'll dig my grave
Now what built these walls is in my veins
No time for looking back, the wolf is at the door
This heart, this soul
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This house was built on trust
That's what it is and always was
No wrecking ball could knock it down
This house was built on higher ground

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home 
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home
This house is not for sale

I'll admit, I was a little on the fence about the song when I heard it last night. It reminded me of Have a Nice Day, which is not necessarily a bad thing because that album probably saved my life when it came out. But I'm not the same person I was back then. 

Seeing this video made me smile, though. I don't know exactly why, but I'm starting to feel a certain excitement that's been missing for me the past couple of years. I don't know what this "new" Bon Jovi has come up with, or if the new album will provide the soundtrack for the next stage of my life, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

What do you think of the song and/or video?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This House Is Not For Sale debuts on BBC Radio 2

Bon Jovi's new single "This House Is Not For Sale" officially comes out tomorrow, but it just made its debut on BBC Radio 2. (It starts at about the 02:04 mark of this program if you want to listen.)

I've transcribed the lyrics as I heard them below. Some of it is probably wrong, so if you heard something different, just leave your correction in the comments. :)

EDIT: The official video is out... and it includes closed captions! As predicted, we did get some of the words wrong, but I will leave this version here so you can see how close or far off the mark we were. :P

These four walls have got a story to tell
The door is off the hinges, there's no wish in the well
Outside the sky is coal black, the streets are on fire
The picture window is cracked and there's nowhere to run
I know, I know
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This world is packing to the ground and I stake my claim
Standing in the dirt where they'll dig my grave
And I have built these walls, it's in my veins
No time for looking back for hope is out the door
This heart, this soul
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This house was built on trust
That's what it is in all these words
No wrecking ball can knock it down
This house was built on higher ground

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home 
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home
This house is not for sale

What do you think of the track?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Has Bon Jovi made Phil and Hugh "official"?

The big news coming from the Bon Jovi camp in the last few days is confirmation that their new single "This House Is Not For Sale" will be released on August 12, along with the accompanying music video.

But take a look at what is presumably the single cover.



We see Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, and David Bryan -- the three remaining founding members -- front and centre. But flanking them are Phil X and Hugh McDonald. I don't know if that means they are "official" members now, but it is nice to see them recognised. I will always have a special place in my heart for Richie Sambora but he made his decision. And it's always bugged me that Huey has played with Bon Jovi for longer than Alec John Such ever did, yet he still wasn't considered a proper member of the band.

Although, I did notice this on the About section of Bon Jovi's Facebook page...


Does that mean Phil is official after a couple of tours, but Huey still isn't after more than two decades?! This makes me want to start a bass player rights movement or something. :P

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.