Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Avicii collaborating with Jon Bon Jovi

There are few details at this stage, but Jon Bon Jovi will appear on Avicii's upcoming album:
Avicii (a.k.a. 24-year-old Tim Bergling) has commandeered a small room as his home studio. He sits surrounded by computer screens and six synthesizers, working on the follow-up to his hit 2013 album, True. Collaborators this time include Jon Bon Jovi, Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Chris Martin of Coldplay. There's a song with Billie Joe Armstrong called "No Pleasing a Woman," and a reggae duet between Wyclef Jean and Matis­yahu. "I love it," Bergling says of the song, "but I don't know what to do with it yet."

Bergling cues up a dozen tracks from the 70 or so he's been working on. From the sound of them, the as-yet-untitled album (due out late this year) takes True's EDM-gets-rootsy vibe and broadens it further. "It's going to be a lot more song-oriented," Bergling declares of the album. "True was an attempt at that, getting electronic music in a song format."
Read more at Rolling Stone.

I'm interested to see how this turns out... Jon has been trying to "modernise" for years, and Avicii is a pretty hot EDM producer right now.

Avicii - Wake Me Up ft. Aloe Blacc

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Controversial Richie Sambora interview with Gitarre & Bass

Richie Sambora recently gave an interview to German magazine Gitarre & Bass Magazine. An English translation of the print interview has been circulating online and raised a lot of eyebrows. Here's the part of the interview that's got people talking:

Q: How did your style of playing evolve in the last three decades?
RS: (makes a long pause) …when you’re a sideman in a band that has a certain style that you’re not allowed to change, then solo albums and soundchecks are the only ways to break free and cross boundaries. As a songwriter, I know how important lyrics are. They open the door. In Bon Jovi, I played and sang the melodic parts. But how creative can you be when your boss only gives you four bars to move the song along? How creative can you be if your boss keeps limiting you? I’m the type of person who is open to all styles and genres. I even went to a Kanye West concert with my daughter Ava. And I discovered a musical quality that I never really realized hip hop had. It was the first time I truly understood hip hop. Today when I’m evolving my style, I focus on two things: songwriting and emotions. Goosebumps, sex, grief, love, anger. Expressing emotions through music is what’s fun for me.

Q: You and Orianthi are working on an album at the moment.
RS: Yes. We’ll be exploring different genres: from acoustic ballads to hard rock. No compromises, no marketing bullshit, none of that! What I love about Orianthi so much is how versatile she already is at such a young age. I’m 25 years older, I’ve been on the road for 30 years and experienced anything you can imagine. I’ve been through a lot of difficult times. It’s great to finally be able to just make music for the joy of it. Everybody knows what a fantastic musician Orianthi is. We have duets that are just insane. When we’re playing together, there is magic in the room. That’s never happened to me before. In fucking Bon Jovi, it took me and Jon three albums to finally develop chemistry.

Q: Your ex-boss stated that you won’t be playing with the band anytime soon. Is there even still a future with Bon Jovi?

RS: I don’t think so. I was in that band for 30 years. That’s a damn long time. I missed most of my life. I worked myself to death in that band. The last tour alone was 18 months. I was always there for them. I wrote almost all of the songs and produced the records. And guess how many of my guitar parts finally made it on the records? Be honest, how many guitar solos are on the recent albums? Not many. I didn’t have much of a family life either. There comes a time when you ask yourself: Is it even worth it? Who am I? I was like a robot; everyday I did everything for that band. And I kept having to put up with the same old shit…

Q: You sound angry…
RS: As a musician it wasn’t fun anymore. I wasn’t happy. When I had the choice between happiness and money, I chose happiness. I already have enough money.

Q: How do you feel about Phil X playing your songs?
RS: Honestly, I have no clue about what’s going on in Bon Jovi these days. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, no doubt. And as far as I know, he’s a decent studio musician in L.A. Bu can a session musician replace Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones?
Q: Absolutely not! Unthinkable!
RS: Exactly! (laughs)

Read the full translated interview here.

Richie has since tweeted that something got lost in translation. We can't know for sure what was really said because Richie spoke in English, which would have been translated into German for the magazine, and has now been translated from the translation back into English.




I do hope what has been written isn't what he really said. Although Richie has claimed credit for the Bon Jovi stuff that was popular while wiping his hands clean of anything that bombed, this interview (if accurate) is a more aggressive turn. And one that shuts the door on a band reunion where all parties had previously been open to one.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Richie Sambora set lists June 26-July 3

Richie Sambora wrapped up the European leg of his tour earlier this month. Here's what was played:

Paris, France - Le Bataclan - June 26, 2014
  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Every Road Leads Home to You
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Weathering the Storm
  6. Burn the Candle Down
  7. Stranger in This Town
  8. Sugar Daddy
  9. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi vox
  10. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  11. I'll Be There for You
  12. Learning How to Fly With a Broken Wing
  13. Seven Years Gone
  14. Livin' on a Prayer

  15. Encore:
  16. The Answer
  17. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  18. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley cover
  19. These Days
  20. Rosie
  21. Stick to Your Guns
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive


London, England - Clapham Common - June 28, 2014 (Calling Festival)
  1. Lay Your Hands on Me
  2. Nowadays
  3. Every Road Leads Home to You
  4. Stranger in this Town
  5. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  6. Burn the Candle Down
  7. Wanted Dead or Alive

Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre - June 30, 2014
  1. A Song For You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Every Road Leads Home to You
  3. Lay Your Hands on Me
  4. Stranger in this Town
  5. Burn that Candle Down
  6. Weathering the Storm
  7. Sugar Daddy
  8. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi vox
  9. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  10. Seven Years Gone
  11. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  12. I'll Be There For You
  13. Wanted Dead or Alive

  14. encore:
  15. Livin' on a Prayer - ft Niamh Crowther, Josh Dunford, Brian McGovern, Tania Notara McNamara, Susan Bluechild (opening act contest finalists)
  16. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  17. These Days

Belfast, Northern Ireland - Ulster Hall - July 1, 2014
  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Burn that Candle Down
  3. Every Road Leads Home to You
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. Nowadays
  7. Weathering the Storm
  8. Sugar Daddy
  9. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi vox
  10. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  11. Seven Years Gone
  12. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  13. I'll Be There For You

  14. encore:
  15. Lean On Me (Bill Withers cover) - ft. Peter McVeigh, Matthew Duly, Ryan McMullan, Johnny Reid, David Brown Murray (opening act contest finalists)
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive / Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers cover)
  17. These Days
  18. Livin' on a Prayer

Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC - July 3, 2014
  1. A Song for You (Leon Russell cover)
  2. Burn that Candle Down
  3. Every Road Leads Home to You
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. Nowadays
  7. Weathering the Storm
  8. Sugar Daddy
  9. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi vox
  10. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing / Crossroads (Eric Clapton cover, originally by Robert Johnson)
  11. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel cover) / Seven Years Gone
  12. Storybook Love (Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover)
  13. I'll Be There For You

  14. encore:
  15. The Answer
  16. Bad Company (Bad Company cover) / Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. These Days

Were you at these shows?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Livin' on a Prayer instrumental guitar cover

16-year-old instrumentalist Matt Wong recently uploaded this fingerstyle guitar cover of Bon Jovi's signature song Livin' on a Prayer. You can check it out below.

Livin' on a Prayer (Bon Jovi) Acoustic Guitar Cover - Matt Wong


What do you think?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Richie Sambora Munich, Berlin, Cologne set lists June 20-24

Richie Sambora performed in Munich, Berlin and Cologne in the last few days. Here's what he played:

Munich, Germany - Kesselhaus - June 20, 2014
  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Burn that Candle Down
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. All That Really Matters (intro)
  7. Every Road Leads Home to You
  8. Sugar Daddy
  9. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton cover
  10. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi song
  11. I'll Be There For You
  12. Seven Years Gone
  13. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  14. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley cover (intro)
  15. These Days

  16. encore:
  17. Lean on Me - Bill Withers cover ft. opening act finalists
  18. Livin' on a Prayer
  19. Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers cover (intro)
  20. Wanted Dead or Alive
  21. The Answer
  22. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  23. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix cover

Berlin, Germany - Huxley's - June 22, 2014
  1. A Song For You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Burn That Candle Down
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. Rosie (intro)
  7. Every Road Leads Home to You
  8. Sugar Daddy
  9. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi song
  10. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler song
  11. I'll Be There For You
  12. Seven Years Gone
  13. Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  14. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley cover (intro)
  15. These Days

  16. encore:
  17. Lean on Me - Bill Withers cover ft. opening act finalists
  18. Livin' on a Prayer
  19. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  20. The Answer
  21. Bad Company - Bad Company cover (intro)
  22. Wanted Dead or Alive


Cologne, Germany - E-Werk - June 24, 2014

  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Burn that Candle Down
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in This Town
  6. Every Road Leads Home to You
  7. Sugar Daddy
  8. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  9. I'll Be There for You
  10. Seven Years Gone
  11. Learning How to Fly With a Broken Wing
  12. Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley cover (intro)
  13. These Days

  14. encore:
  15. Lean on Me - Bill Withers cover
  16. Livin' on a Prayer
  17. Wanted Dead Or Alive
  18. The Answer
  19. Takin' A Chance On The Wind

Were you at these shows?

Monday, June 23, 2014

"No bad blood" says Richie Sambora

In this translation from Lust for Life Magazine in the Netherlands, Richie Sambora says he was given an ultimatum when he wanted a break from touring with Bon Jovi. Here's a little of what he had to say about that and the possibility of a return to the band in the future:
"I saw a year of other priorities ahead of me; I wanted to make my own music and I preferred doing a few shows with my own band. I said I wanted a break."

But he reports that his request "was just not accepted," adding: "The Bon Jovi machine had to go on. I could choose – join or leave. That's hard when you share joys and sorrows for 30 years."

Sambora believes he made the correct decision, however. "It's fantastic," he says of his current situation. "We enjoy every night. I've done a lot of wrong things in my life and I've regularly made bad decisions. But I think this step was the right one at last."

He continues: "There's no bad blood with me any more. I love Jon, and I still see the possibility of a return. There are just a few steps I want to – need to – take."

And if a reunion doesn't happen, Sambora will continue in his own direction. "We're going to record an album; I'd do a tour after that," he says. "Not a tour of 14 months in more than 50 countries. Just a nice tour, playing music then being home for a while."
Read the rest of the article here.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Richie Sambora UK, Netherlands, Stuttgart set lists (June 13-19, 2014)

Richie Sambora kicked off his latest solo tour last week, performing shows in England, the Netherlands, and Germany. His sets have included a couple of unexpected Bon Jovi songs -- i.e. The Distance and Stick to Your Guns, as well as an impromptu rendition of Rosie in Stuttgart.

Were you at any of these shows?

London, England - O2 Academy Islington - June 13, 2014
  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Every Road Leads Home to You
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix cover
  7. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  8. Livin' on a Prayer
  9. Burn that Candle Down
  10. Seven Years Gone
  11. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  13. I'll Be There For You

  14. encore:
  15. Stick to Your Guns - intro
  16. Wanted Dead or Alive
  17. These Days

Download Festival - Leicestershire, UK - Donington Park - June 15, 2014
  1. Burn That Candle Down
  2. Lay Your Hands On Me
  3. Every Road Leads Home To You
  4. Stranger In This Town
  5. Nowadays
  6. Wanted Dead Or Alive

Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 - June 17, 2014
  1. A Song For You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Nowadays
  3. Every Road Leads Home to You
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in this Town
  6. Burn that Candle Down
  7. The Distance
  8. Seven Years Gone
  9. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  10. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi song
  11. Storybook Love - Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  12. I'll Be There For You
  13. Stick to Your Guns - intro
  14. Wanted Dead or Alive

  15. encore:
  16. The Answer - solo acoustic
  17. Livin' on a Prayer
  18. These Days
  19. Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix cover

Stuttgart, Germany - Beethovensaal - June 19, 2014
  1. A Song for You - Leon Russell cover
  2. Every Road Leads Home to You
  3. Nowadays
  4. Lay Your Hands on Me
  5. Stranger in This Town
  6. Burn the Candle Down
  7. Seven Years Gone
  8. The Distance
  9. Rosie
  10. Taking a Chance on the Wind
  11. Weathering the Storm
  12. You Don't Wanna Know - Orianthi song
  13. Storybook Love Willy DeVille/Mark Knopfler cover
  14. I'll Be There for You

  15. encore:
  16. Lean On Me - ft. Katja Juraska, Toby Breitenbach, Daniel Berger, Michael Eb, Christoph Brubeck (winner & 4 finalists for Opening Act contest)
  17. Livin' on a Prayer
  18. These Days - with Bob Marley intro
  19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - intro
  20. Wanted Dead or Alive