Sunday, February 9, 2020

Preview Limitless with Sing Bon Jovi Contest

Bon Jovi is yet to drop the lead single from their new album, but you can preview it with the Sing Bon Jovi Contest that Jon announced a couple of days ago:

You'll need to access the site on a mobile device, where you'll hear a snippet of instrumental and some lyrics appear on screen for you to sing along to (however you think they should sound).

The lyrics that appear are:

On a night like this
One prayer, one wish
Step out off the edge
It’s worth the risk
Life is limitless
Limitless, limitless

As far as I'm aware, you can access the preview and record a video of you singing it from anywhere. However, the contest is only open to US residents.

It's hard to tell from that little bit of the song whether I'll like the whole thing or not, but feel free to share any thoughts you might have on it.

Now here's something I neglected to blog about when it happened (What can I say? Life gets busy) but I thought it was pretty cool... Jon Bon Jovi sharing the stage with Billy Joel at the latter's Madison Square Garden concert.

Jon performed "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" and "Big Shot" with Billy:

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Phil X & the Drills video Too Much For My Own Good

Phil X and the Drills have released their music video for "Too Much For My Own Good" featuring Taylor Hawkins (best known as the drummer for the Foo Fighters). The song is from the Drills' EP Stupid Good Lookings, Vol. 1, which came out in May this year.

Check out the "Too Much For My Own Good" video:

What do you think?

P.S. The video dropped a day ago but I'm posting it today, which happens to be Hugh McDonald's birthday so huuuuge happy birthday to Huey! 😀

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jeanna de Waal & David Bryan perform If

The latest collaboration between David Bryan and his musical theatre partner Joe DiPietro is Diana: A True Musical Story, based on the life of Princess Diana.

Here's a video featuring Jeanna de Waal, who plays the title role, singing "If" from the musical. David accompanies her on the piano:

David also spoke to Rolling Stone about the Diana musical. Here's a snippet where he discusses the writing of the songs:
Bryan wrote different styles of music for each character. Diana’s songs are in a rock-pop style from the Eighties. Queen Elizabeth’s music sounds more regal, with horns and drums. Charles gets rock songs with strings and orchestrations. Parker Bowles gets what Bryan describes as a “light FM” sound. He made the paparazzi sounds like the Clash. “I tried to make all these styles live on top of each other, so in the songs there will be a part where the punk comes in and it’s over a classical piece and a rock & roll piece goes on top of that,” he says. “So in theory, it was easy in my brain but to do it was not so easy, but it’s fun.”
Broadway previews of Diana begin in March 2020.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bon Jovi 2020 album preview & more

Jon Bon Jovi recently spoke with Pollstar about the upcoming album 2020, including some detail about specific songs. This part about the writing and recording of "Lower the Flag", which deals with gun violence, stood out for me:

I saw that Sunday morning, with [the] Dayton [shooting] and what had happened, and I just started strumming on the guitar, and it came and it came rather quickly over the course of maybe two days. I kept tweaking it, and I knew I had something. I was so proud of what I had but, I didn’t have a song title. I sat there and I said, “What the hell is the name of this song?” And I said, “It doesn’t really have a proper chorus,” and I was thinking of Neil Young’s “Ohio,” and telling a story. And I said, Okay well (singing) “Four dead in Ohio,” and then you go, “I guess that’s the name of this song.”  And then, when you really sit with that song, there is no second verse. (singing) “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” ... that might be a great hook, but it’s not a verse. And when I wrote this, I was playing it for a bunch of people, Shanks was one of them. And I said, “I don’t know why Neil, who’s so poetic and prolific, didn’t write a second verse and instead went for that.” And Shanks was like, “That’s a great hook.” I go, “Well, this song isn’t about hooks, it’s about telling this story.” And then I still had no title. That’s when I put the last line repeating what the first line did, and I said, “There’s the title, ‘Lower The Flag,’” because that’s exactly what the whole thing is about.
Even that bridge was just so different for me, (singing), “If there’s something we can talk about, let’s talk about it.” And the rhythm of that melody was something that I’d written, I got it, I did it and went in the studio with it. I had everything completely finished, and I went in with (bassist) Hughie (McDonald) and [drummer] Tico [Torres], me and Shanks. And I was playing guitar, and I’m playing the guitar on the record, and Tico starts playing, and we said, “[the drum] is not helping, it’s hindering the progress of the song.” We said, this isn’t a drum song, this isn’t what this should be. And so he flew all the way to California and didn’t play on it, because we knew what we had lyrically and just wanted to tell the story
The article mentions that Jon did a lot of writing on his own, and we've already heard that "Unbroken" sounds like solo Jon, but I do hope the album sounds like a band record. But I guess most of all I hope it's good. 😉

Here's Jon performing "Unbroken" at the Rockefeller Center. He was joined on stage by men and women who have served in the military:

No word on an official release date for the album yet, or a tour, but Phil X and the Drills are touring Europe in March 2020 so presumably Bon Jovi won't be on the road then.

CBS Sunday Morning also did a nice story with Jon and Dorothea recently about their work with the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants. They're opening a new one at Rutgers University next year.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Bon Jovi releases new song Unbroken

We first heard a snippet of the new Bon Jovi song "Unbroken" in the trailer for To Be Of Service. Well, the whole song is now out, with proceeds from downloads going to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation.

Jon announced the release on Instagram, where he also mentioned that the Bon Jovi 2020 album will be out in Spring (so presumably Autumn in the southern hemisphere).

Here's the official video for "Unbroken":

You can purchase or stream "Unbroken" now.

Not sure how I feel about this one at the moment. It was written for a documentary about war veterans with PTSD who have been helped by service dogs, and I guess it works for that purpose. But it's very literal and feels a bit clunky, unlike other songs Jon has written for films.

Having said all that, the song is benefiting a good cause and it might grow on me.

What do you think of "Unbroken"?

EDIT 11/11/19: The lyric video is out now:

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

JBJ inducts Southside into NJ Hall of Fame, Desmond Child Live out now

Jon Bon Jovi was recently on hand to induct one of his idols -- Southside Johnny -- into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Jon, who was himself inducted in 2009, made a nice speech, as did Southside:

Southside and Jon (and the Kings of Suburbia) also performed "I Don't Want to Go Home", from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' debut album of the same name:

Desmond Child Live album cover.
In other news, Desmond Child Live has officially been released. I first posted about Desmond's new live album when his version of "Livin' on a Prayer" came out, but now you can purchase or stream the whole album. Here's the track list:

  1. Livin' on a Prayer
  2. You Give Love a Bad Name / Dude Looks Like a Lady - feat. Justin Benlolo
  3. Angel
  4. I was Made for Lovin' You - feat. Justin Benlolo
  5. I Hate Myself for Loving You - feat. Lena Hall
  6. Weird
  7. Where do I Go from You - feat. Tabitha Fair
  8. How Can we be Lovers - feat. Justin Benlolo
  9. We All Sleep Alone - feat. Tabitha Fair
  10. Love on a Rooftop - feat. Rouge
  11. The Cup of Life / Livin' La Vida Loca / Shake your Bon Bon / She Bangs
  12. (You want to) Make a Memory / I was Made for Lovin' You (outro)
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Bon Jovi song Unbroken in To Be Of Service film

To Be Of Service is an upcoming documentary about war veterans with PTSD and their service dogs. The trailer for the film features "Unbroken", one of the songs that will be on Bon Jovi's 2020 album.

You can watch the trailer below:

To Be Of Service will premiere in New York City on November 1, 2019.

The "Unbroken" lyrics appear to be:
God of mercy, God of light
Save your children from this life
Hear these words, this humble plea
For I have seen the suffering
And with this prayer I'm hoping
That we can be unbroken
Hopefully someone can let me know if this is wrong. 😜

What do you think of the song (or at least what we've now heard of it)?

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