Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bon Jovi's These Days album is 20

I haven't blogged here in a few weeks and These Days is my favourite Bon Jovi album so I think I should say something about this.

Yep, These Days is 20 years old! It was officially released on June 19, 1995. I was an oblivious six-year-old at the time, but I'm actually glad I discovered the album later in life because I wouldn't have appreciated it as much as a kid. As a teenager or young adult, however, it helped me through some of the toughest periods of my life. And that's why I'll always consider myself a Bon Jovi fan, even when they do things that make me want to rip my hair out. :P

Let's relive the singles of These Days, just because.

Bon Jovi - These Days


Bon Jovi - This Ain't A Love Song


Bon Jovi - Something For The Pain


Bon Jovi - Lie To Me


Bon Jovi - Hey God


Which track from These Days is your favourite? Where does the album rank for you?

Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is working on a new album (No official word on who's playing lead guitar, but it's not Richie Sambora) and have announced a string of rare dates in Asia in September and October. Jakarta, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Macau, Abu Dhabi, and Tel Aviv are on the bill.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi records Beautiful Day for Finding Neverland

Jon Bon Jovi has recorded a new song, Beautiful Day, for Finding Neverland: The Album. The song was written by Gary Barlow and forms part of an album inspired by the Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.

You can listen to the track and hear Jon talking about the project now via PEOPLE.

Jon Bon Jovi 'Beautiful Day' Finding Neverland


Jon Bon Jovi 'Beautiful Day' Behind The Scenes


Here are the lyrics I heard (Feel free to correct me!):

Oh, what a day to be here
It's only at this time of year
Oh, what a sight, what a scene
If we can live in this dream
Is there time in your life
You need the day to happen twice
I'll take a pad and a pen
And hope it happens again

Oh, what a day to be out
There's music in every sound
It's good to breathe in the air
That's all around us everywhere
Is there time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
So between now and then
I hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day

Oh, what a day to be out
There's music in every sound
It's good to breathe in the air
That's all around us everywhere
Is there time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
So between now and then
I hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day

Listen to the water on this beautiful day
Happy ever after on this beautiful day

Is there a time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
I'll take a pad and a pen
And hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day


What do you think of the song?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi's song for Rutgers graduates

Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University last week, and performed an original song he wrote for the graduating students. The song is reportedly called "Reunion".

WATCH: Bon Jovi writes, performs song for Rutgers-Camden class of 2015: 'Start your own revolution'


What do you think of the song?

ADD: Here are the lyrics as I heard them. Feel free to correct. :)

This isn't how your story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road
Don't say your prayers, save your amens, you've come this far but you're still far from home
Don't say goodbye, just say farewell
Write every line you live to tell
Hold your head like Harry, give 'em hell
And as the night ignites the day
Go make some memories along the way

Oh, write your song, sing along, love your life
Learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky
Take pictures each step of the way
Make this the best of the rest of your days
Start your revolution and I'll see you at the reunion

Some friends will go and some will stay, okay, some last a chapter, some a page
For some love comes disguised as lust but you'll find love when you find trust someday
Do better than our parents did, in perfect wealth and wife and kids
Go plot your course then turn it upside down
Go live your life, eyes open wide
Well who's to say what's wrong or right... right?

Write your song, sing along, love your life
Learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky
Take pictures each step of the way
Make this the best of the rest of your days
I say, go start your own revolution and I'll see you at the reunion
Well, I'll see you at the reunion


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Marty Schwartz interviews Phil X + alleged Richie Sambora investigation

I made a decision some time ago that I wanted this blog to be about the music. But it's been hard to avoid the tabloid fodder surrounding Richie Sambora, who is alleged to have made death threats towards Nikki Lund. From what I can tell, all the articles that have reported on this are just picking up the original Daily Mail "exclusive":
'They are in the midst of unraveling their fashion business Nikki Rich,' a source told Daily Mail Online. 'Things have become very bitter in recent weeks.

'The threat happened in the midst of Nikki launching her solo line. Richie apparently went mad on the phone at her and threatened to kill her.
'He said words to the effect that he was going to dig a hole in the desert and bury her.'

Nikki, a close childhood friend of Kim Kardashian, filed a report Wednesday night with detectives from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.

'She held off going to cops hoping that the situation would resolve itself,' added the source. But after advice from lawyers and business associates she made the report.

'Richie has been drinking heavily for months and acting erratically

'He has threatened violence in the past.'

Richie's people apparently told Asbury Park Press that Nikki's claims are payback for ending their fashion partnership:
"She's seeking publicity with these false allegations," said Sambora's rep. "They have been changing by the day."

Lund is the Kardashian pal that Sambora started to pal around with seven years ago. A romantic relationship ended yet the two continued to collaborate in the fashion world. Once Sambora decided to pull the plug on the unprofitable business relationship, that's when Lund made the charges, according to the rep.

"Mr. Sambora made the decision to stop any further funding of this unprofitable business," said the rep via email. "It fell on deaf ears. She continued making arrangements and commitments for him."

Things came to a head when Lund made a commitment for Sambora to appear at an LA Fashion Week envent on March 18, the rep said.

"Mr. Sambora did not attend the March 18 fashion show in an attempt to distance himself from this and to not mislead anyone. He has the right to pull out of the business," the rep said. "His not showing up seemed to be a surprise to a frantic Nikki Lund when it shouldn't have."

The company, Nikki Rich, has lost $4 million, the rep said, yet Sambora did offer to pay the company's 40 employees three months severance.

"She filed a cluster of lies 13 days later in retaliation for his no longer funding this unprofitable partnership," the rep said.

I think it's important to note that none of us know exactly what happened or what was said between Richie and Nikki, but if the goal was to further smear someone's reputation, it may well have succeeded.

On a more musical note, Marty Schwartz from Guitar Jamz recently met up with Phil X for a jam and guitar lesson. He also conducted this interview. In it, Phil talks about being a session guitarist; playing vintage guitars for Fretted Americana; getting the call-up to Bon Jovi; and recording a new album with his band, The Drills.

Marty Schwartz Interviews Phil X

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Phil X solo and Blaze of Glory lessons on Guitar Jamz

This one's for the guitarists.

I think most people who learn guitar these days check out videos on YouTube. And if you do, you've probably come across Marty Schwartz, who runs Guitar Jamz and has a very popular lesson channel. In fact, his Blaze of Glory tutorial was shared by Bon Jovi's Facebook page last year.

Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory - Guitar Lesson - Tutorial - Chords, Slide Guitar Easy Acoustic Songs


Anyway, Phil X recently joined Marty for a rock soloing lesson using the pentatonic scale.

Phil X Teaches Rock Soloing Lesson w Pentatonic Scale - Guitar Lessons Rock


Phil also demos vintage guitars on the Fretted Americana channel and is pretty amusing while doing so.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wanted Dead or Alive at Night of Too Many Stars

Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars is an autism benefit show, in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation New York Collaborates for Autism. Here's a video of Jon Bon Jovi performing "Wanted Dead or Alive" at the event, while actor/comedians Will Forte, Gilbert Gottfried, Al Roker, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog do their best to butcher the song.

Night of Too Many Stars - "Wanted Dead or Alive" with Jon Bon Jovi and Special Guests


Jon's previous encounter with Triumph (on the Bounce Tour, if I recall correctly) was probably a bit funnier. Here are some snippets from that:

Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Meets Bon Jovi

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Bon Jovi music... soon?

Jon Bon Jovi is working on a new album, but whether it's a band album or a solo project is yet to be confirmed.

Jon spoke to PEOPLE at a recent event for Kenneth Cole:
"I was in the studio all day working on the new record. I walked here from the studio," the musician told PEOPLE. Where is he getting inspiration for his 18th album? From the news.

"I just read the paper, it gives you an opportunity to write something ... It's early but I'm about a dozen songs in. I feel good."
Read the full article here.

John Shanks, who has produced or co-produced every Bon Jovi album since Have a Nice Day, posted this photo featuring Jon and Gary Barlow a few days ago.

#bonjovi #garybarlow #johnshanks and then this happened. #workingonsomethingbig

A photo posted by John Shanks (@john_shanks) on



Meanwhile, Richie Sambora and Orianthi are working on their album. Keyboardist Michael Bearden was interviewed at NAMM in January this year and talked the Richie-Ori record about 10:00 into the video. He describes it as "Something you've never heard Richie do before."

Michael Bearden interviewed at NAMM 2015


Orianthi recently Instagrammed a photo of herself in the studio with Richie and producer Eddie Kramer.

In the studio hanging and listening with Eddie Kramer

A photo posted by Orianthi (@theqof) on



Are you looking forward to the prospect of new music from Jon and/or Richie? Or would you prefer a longer hiatus after the events of the last two years?