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?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phil X on being a Hired Gun

Phil X is part of an upcoming documentary about session musicians called Hired Gun. He was interviewed about it for the Double Stop Podcast, and here's what he had to say about filling in with Bon Jovi:

"When you're a hired gun, your level of creative input is limited. Even when I toured with Bon Jovi, I couldn't be Richie, because I'm not. But I couldn't really be me, so I became this guy in the middle somewhere that was between the two. And I delivered that guy every night.
"When I did the first 13 shows with Bon Jovi in 2011, on Sunday night I played in St Louis, it was the last show. Jon asked me to sing the second verse of Wanted Dead Or Alive and it was in front of 20,000 people. When I came home on Friday, I played at The Roxy with The Drills. And to me it was as exciting – 200 people, my songs, doing my thing, with people in the front freaking out."

Listen to the full podcast episode (Phil X interview starts at about 20:42).

The documentary sounds like it would be really cool (and something I'd want to watch whether Phil was in it or not). Will you be checking it out?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cassadee Pope covers Bed of Roses

I didn't actually know who Cassadee Pope was when this video landed in my inbox. Thanks to Google, I now know she's a country singer-songwriter, having previously been the lead singer of pop punk band Hey Monday and the 2012 winner of the US version of The Voice.

Anyway, this cover of Bon Jovi's classic ballad "Bed of Roses" was posted to Cassadee's YouTube channel at the end of last year.

Cassadee Pope - Bed of Roses (Live)

What do you think?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas to all Bon Jovi fans, past and present

As we approach Christmas and the new year, I'd like to thank everyone who's supported me and this blog over the past six-and-a-half years. Bon Jovi will always hold special place in my heart (I'm never getting that tattoo removed :P) but I probably wouldn't have kept going all this time without all of you reading, leaving comments and sending messages, whether you agreed or disagreed with me. And even though it's been an "interesting" couple of years and blogging has taken a back seat, I'm still here.

Being a fan of both Bon Jovi and Star Wars, a 17-year-old John Bongiovi's appearance on the Star Wars novelty Christmas album is a moment of pure brilliance that I share on my social networks nearly every year:

Jon Bon Jovi - R2-D2, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

CBC Music writer Andrea Warner recently put together The first-ever oral history of Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, interviewing co-producer/engineer Tony Bongiovi (Jon's cousin), Anthony Daniels (aka C-3PO) and composer Maury Yeston in the process. Read the full article at this link.

A lot changes in 34 years (or 3 for that matter -- just compare the difference in Jon's voice between then and Runaway)...

I'll leave you with two recent Christmas performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora respectfully to (hopefully) appease both "sides" at this time of year. ;)

Jon Bon Jovi & the Kings Of Suburbia: I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - Las Vegas (Dec 9th 2014)

Richie Sambora & Orianthi perform "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" on Home & Family

Have a safe and happy festive season!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Listenin to a Jovi Song

This is an interesting follow-on from the somewhat jaded tone of my previous post because it's a song about why many of us fell in love with Bon Jovi in the first place.

Here's the song:
Listenin To A Jovi Song

And a note from its writer, Rowdy Settles:
ATTENTION BON JOVI FANS: I decided to write a song about BonJovi music that I think we all can relate to as fans, and I'd like for ya'll to check it out. The song is called, "Listenin To A Jovi Song".

Long story short; I spend a lot of my time sitting in my jeep due to my commute so I decided to start writing songs to help pass the time. I have no musical talent whatsoever but I've managed to fumble around well enough that I've written about half a dozen songs on various topics (superheroes, prayer, my son, etc..) and I've put a couple of them on an album called "Welcome to Muskogee". Right now the album only has two singles, but more songs will be added soon.

To help push the music, I had a video created for "Listening To A Jovi Song". If YOU get a chance, or if you're really bored, check out the video, listen to the lyrics, and if it moves you or you like it, please download it off Itunes (or wherever you buy digital music). Out of all the 27 million BonJovi fans who are on Facebook...if at least one fan besides my mom buys the song...I plan on donating a percentage of the sales from the single to the JBJ Soul Foundation. My album can be found by typing in the album name "Welcome to Muskogee" or by typing in my name. And no, its not me singing on the song(s).

I typically sing/hum my songs to my son at night where nobody else can hear me and/or when trying to get him to sleep...he has yet to complain, but then again, he doesn't talk yet I'm hoping you guys will like them as well. The Jovi song is about what we all already know as fans. And that is, no matter what we are going through, no matter how much of a Monday we might be having, everything becomes better when we turn on a Jovi song! No pressure, but if you buy the song (or album) you will increase your chances of going to heaven! And, it will be the best $.99 you ever spent. Enjoy.

If you want to download Rowdy's song(s), visit this link, then click View in iTunes (You should get the option to switch from the Australian store to your own country's).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Breaking the silence

First of all, I'm not dead; I just haven't been blogging. More on that later.

Today seems like a fitting day to break my silence because, as far as the internet is concerned, Jon Bon Jovi broke his on Richie Sambora in an article published on Showbiz411 overnight, which has since been picked up/interpreted by other sites including Ultimate Classic Rock.

Anyway, here's the key part of Roger Friedman's article:
I did ask Jon what the story was with lead guitarist Richie Sambora. He left Bon Jovi’s Because We Can tour in April 2013 and never looked back. Again, Jon seems a little perplexed: “He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence.” Fans will always hope that somehow all of this will work itself out. And it might: Bon Jovi, as a band, is 10 years younger than most of the legacy groups playing right now. And, to quote a song, who says you can’t go home?

I'm not sure Jon reveals anything we didn't already know, though if you analyse the language it does suggest a subtle shift from "Richie quit the last tour and who knows what the future holds?" to "Richie is out of the band, it's over, full stop". What do you think?

The other grab is that Jon poured a lot into his failed attempt to own an NFL team -- which he copped plenty of flak for over rumours that his group planned to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto:
Bon Jovi told me he’s getting over a serious depression after losing his bid (with partners) to buy the Buffalo Bills football team. “I devoted two years to that project,” he said with a shrug of shoulders. “But I’m coming out of it now.”
A few Bon Jovi fans whose opinions I respect have said if Jon was so devoted to his NFL bid, he should have focused on that instead of half-arsing the Because We Can tour with static sets and lacklustre performances. It got me thinking about why I've taken an unintentional three-month hiatus from this blog, and why, up until my shows in Australia I hadn't had the same unbridled enthusiasm as I had for previous tours. I'm not the only fan who was a bit jaded last year. For some, it's as simple as Richie's absence or their dislike for the What About Now album, but for me it's hard to pinpoint a particular reason or reasons.

Although Bon Jovi as a band has been relatively quiet this year too, Richie has been doing solo shows, Jon has been doing fan club shows, David has his musicals, etc. It's not like there hasn't been anything to blog about. It's just felt like a chore to do so.

But Bon Jovi was the first band I was passionate about, and therefore my gateway into so many other great artists. Most people I know know me as the Bon Jovi lover and I still cite them as my favourite band when someone asks (although Australian band 1927 is a close second and I proudly play the same guitar as Ed Sheeran, albeit badly). I had some personal crises to deal with this year, and one of the things that helped was going to a gig by Perth Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet and remembering why I fell in love with all those songs.

So I don't want to abandon the blog.

But it shouldn't simply function as a curator of Jovi news. After all, you can always set a Google alert for "Bon Jovi" and follow Bon Jovi or Richie Sambora or whoever on social media. Blame It On The Love should do something more, or different. What I wanted to achieve when I started the blog back in 2008 was present my unique perspective on Bon Jovi's music and let that perspective kick off a discussion with other fans around the world.

I just need to consider how I can best do that again in a way that serves both my readers and my sanity. :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Richie Sambora live in Paris 26/6/14

Here is Richie Sambora's full concert at Le Bataclan in Paris on June 26, 2014.

Richie Sambora - Live in Paris 2014 [FULL]

PS - I know I haven't been posting Richie's set lists. They don't always get confirmed, and I've been super busy, but I will try to catch up on them.