Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lost and Found: These Days

Chris Calarco recently wrote a great blog post reviewing what Bon Jovi's These Days album means to him.
As I finished my junior year of high school the band released their sixth LP These Days. It was a time of darkness and disillusionment in my life as I lay deep in the muck and depression of heartbreak. I strayed from my friends that summer as my passion for baseball, my other childhood love, faded. It was like Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence” was plastered inside my heart. Instead of the former Eagle, I listened to These Days.
Read the full post at his website. It's a great story about the healing power of music and, given the popularity of the album among diehard fans, probably something a lot of us can relate to.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2012 NRL commercial

This season's bone crunching promo again features Bon Jovi's This Is Our House.

Just out of interest, any League fans at Blame It On The Love?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Phil X on Bon Jovi

Phil X talked to Vintage & RareTV about filling in for Richie Sambora in Bon Jovi last May. Obviously Richie is our man but I love this guy, he's so crazy enthusiastic.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Want to open for Bon Jovi? Get on YuuZoo!

This might be a cool opportunity for any up and coming bands out there...
Know anyone in the world who wants a shot at performing alongside Bon Jovi, Blink 182, Foo Fighters and Incubus in North Beach, New Jersey?

Time to flick them this link. Social network provider YuuZoo is launching its contest The Break in Australia Wednesday which will give six amateur bands the chance to appear in line-up of music festival The Bamboozle which runs from May 18 to May 20.

Almost 1,000 bands have registered, a third of the target, and though five will selected mainly based on their performances which will be live streamed and recorded on YuuZoo, one band will book its place simply by having the most ‘likes’, in Facebook speak.
Read the rest of the article and find out more about The Break Contest here.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bon Jovi at Greenbrier Classic

As announced on Greenbrier's Facebook page:
The musical line-up for the 2012 The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series is:
  • Wed, July 4 - Toby Keith
  • Fri, July 6 - Rod Stewart with special guest Lionel Richie
  • Sat, July 7 - Bon Jovi

Purchase tickets to the 2012 Greenbrier Classic which includes all three concerts at

Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Hugh McDonald at NAMM

Here's another interview with Hugh McDonald at last month's NAMM Show, this one's a light hearted chat with Groovey TV.

Check out Huey's interview with Frankie DiVita here.

Person to Person with Jon Bon Jovi

If you missed Jon's interview and tour of his home on CBS' Person to Person (or you couldn't watch it because, like me, you're not in the US), here it is. You can also read the transcript on the CBS News website.

Towards the end, there's a snippet of Jon recording a new song called What About Now.

There's also an outtake video.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jon Bon Jovi on Person to Person

Check out this behind the scenes video with Jon from the episode airing on CBS in the US tonight.

There's also a preview video on Bon Jovi's Facebook page -- is that a new song from about 1:10?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy birthday David Bryan

The king of the keys has hit the Big Five-O... Happy birthday, Lema!

Here's a slideshow put together by DaveBryansGirl0415... the song is David's rendition of Music of My Soul from his Tony-award winning musical Memphis.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

JBJ on Person to Person

Jon will be on CBS' Person to Person. Here's the media release:
CBS News’ iconic PERSON TO PERSON will air as a television special on Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00 PM, ET/PT). Meet today’s legends and newsmakers, not in public, but in private – inside their homes, inside their lives. George Clooney gives Logan and Rose a tour of his Los Angeles home, while Warren Buffett opens the door to his Omaha office, and Jon Bon Jovi welcomes PERSON TO PERSON to his magnificent home on the Navesink River in New Jersey, including his private recording studio. Actor George Clooney, billionaire Warren Buffett and rocker Jon Bon Jovi share their most prized possessions and the unforgettable stories behind them.

“What sets our broadcast apart is the unique access,” says Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky.

“When someone opens their home, they’re sharing a part of themselves that traditional interview programs can’t reach,” added Co-Executive Producer Judy Tygard.

When he originated the broadcast in 1953, Edward R. Murrow took viewers into the homes of icons like John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, and Elizabeth Taylor. Today, more than 50 years later, the allure of a rare glimpse behind the public personas of some of our most beloved and respected cultural icons remains. PERSON TO PERSON shows you how Hollywood’s most popular leading man unwinds away from the lenses of the paparazzi, where perhaps the world’s most successful investor conducts his billion-dollar deals, and the home studio where one of the world’s most legendary rockers composes and records his music.

Building on Murrow’s legacy, Logan and Rose will bring PERSON TO PERSON to a new generation. Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of the broadcast.

Richie Sambora tweets summary #richiesamborasolorecord

Thanks to Rike via Hath for sifting through the crazy mass of Twitter replies from Richie for the stuff you need/want to know. I've got the music related ones here:
“@GAC_Jovi: @TheRealSambora How long have you been working on this solo album?” since September

“@EvilEf69: @TheRealSambora Have you written any ballads for this album? P.S. I Love You! xoxox” p.s. yes I have

“@DanielaSambora: @TheRealSambora you're not gonna answer me cause you have tones of twits but are you thinking about a solo tour?” yes!

“@challenge4chng: @TheRealSambora can we expect more blues or more rock from you Richie???” All of the above! Plus more....

“@GDGfan12: @TheRealSambora can't wait for the album Richie. Any idea on the name yet?” I'm still working on names....

“@Pauliem24: @TheRealSambora Hey Richie is this album going to rock? Can't wait for it!” Its got something for everybody!

“@keilasambora: @TheRealSambora #richiesamborasolorecord Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton???” Two of my heroes. Two of my dear friends.

“@Erik_Bj: @TheRealSambora Richie, how many songs have you written for the new album?” 13 so far

“@samboragirl1: @TheRealSambora LES PAUL OR FENDER?” all of the above

“@wyldlifewarrior: @TheRealSambora Any idea on a time frame for the new record?” soon. Reeaaaally soon

“@safa_sandy: @TheRealSambora For the 50th time, what is the name of the solo album???” for the 51st time I'm workin on it!

He's also since tweeted a bit more:

“@vanillasizta: @TheRealSambora What's more important-music or ladies?” MUSIC!!

“@sueellen93: @TheRealSambora Queen or Aerosmith?” love 'em both!

“@juuholiveira: @TheRealSambora who's your favorite Beatle?” changes every day! In a George Harrison mood today.

“@SistaJovi: @TheRealSambora Who was the first concert you went to?” Deep Purple, Savoy Brown, Tuckey Buzzard

“@HELOBRYAN: @TheRealSambora Fender or Gibson?” alot of both!!

“@RosieRingo: @TheRealSambora ever played The Beatles Rockband?” yep and I'm terrible at it!!

“@MissyLovesPez: @TheRealSambora Speaking of George Harrison, did you ever get to meet him?” never had the pleasure.

“@yeseniaVeraCont: @TheRealSambora That you like current bands?” @kingsofleon @muse @eminem @arcadefire @theblackkeys

“@DolphinPM: @TheRealSambora Do you like U2??? What can u say about them?” love @U2 great guys!!

There have been the typical boxers vs briefs questions and lots of "Please talk to me, you've replied to everyone else and I will die if you don't" type of tweets that I didn't bother to copy/paste here but you can always have a read of it yourself. :P

Follow @TheRealSambora as well as @LukeEbbin and @catrecording for the latest.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Richie Sambora teases his new album #richiesamborasolorecord

A couple of videos that were recently tweeted by Richie Sambora and Luke Ebbin...

Richie now also has profiles on Facebook and Google+ but Twitter's where most of the action is.

You can also keep an eye on the hashtag #richiesamborasolorecord, maybe even set up a stream/column for it if you're using a Twitter client like TweetDeck or HootSuite. ;)