Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett duet

Well, this was an unexpected trip, but surprisingly cool/fun:
For anyone "Living on a Prayer" that Jon Bon Jovi would team up with Warren Buffett for a ukulele duet, they were in luck Tuesday night.

As a treat for the crowd at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy -- a gathering with America's greatest entrepreneurs in New York -- the rocker and the billionaire stole the stage with their rendition of "The Glory of Love," a song made famous by Bette Midler.
Read the rest of the article here.

And of course, check out the video of their duet:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Aftermath of the Lowdown: New Richie Sambora album

I guess Richie didn't like my North Korean Democracy suggestion then (That's the last time I will make that joke on this blog, I promise; I realise it's not actually that funny). From Ultimate Classic Rock:
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora will release his third solo album, ‘Aftermath of the Lowdown’ on September 4, Brave Words reported today (June 24). The album will be on indie label Dangerbird Records, with whom he signed back in May.

Apparently the album was accidentally leaked on SoundCloud before being removed but I haven't heard it. Richie also performed at the Sunset Sessions listening party on Saturday (June 23, 2012).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tico Torres co-hosting Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic

Tico will be joining golfer Larry Loretti in co-hosting the Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic in November:
As in years past, the 2012 Larry Laoretti and Tico Torres Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic will feature a long list of notable celebrities playing with a group of four amateurs. Last year joining Laoretti on the golf course were baseball legend Jim Kaat, baseball Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Mike Schmidt, hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Clark Gillies, pro golfers Tony Jacklin, Dana Quigley and Larry Ziegler and LPGA Tour pros Michelle McGann and Jackie Gallagher-Smith. In addition, Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara attended the awards dinner and participated in the live auction.

In the 11 years Celebrities Fore Kids, Inc., has been in existence, nearly $1.5 million has been raised to provide financial assistance to families who have children with cancer, and adults with cancer supporting children 18 years old and under living on the Treasure Coast.
Read the article here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Big & Rich and Richie and Jon...

They worked together on We Got It Going On, the inane foot-stomper of Bon Jovi's Lost Highway album and now they've come together again for Big & Rich's new album:
It's been more than five years since Big & Rich released a new album, and they're coming back in a big way. The duo has partnered with two parts of legendary band Bon Jovi for collaborations on their upcoming album. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora have been writing songs with Big Kenny and John Rich, as well as playing on the recording sessions, and even helping give the new project its title.

"It came out in a writing session we were doing with Richie Sambora and [Jon] Bon Jovi we were doing the other week," Big Kenny told Nashville newspaper The Tennessean. "They are going to record the song on our new album and a line in the song was 'hillbilly jedis with attitude.' All of a sudden, Bon Jovi stops and says, 'Hillbilly Jedis? That's it. I'd buy that shirt.' We were like, 'Hey, that's about a descriptive as you can get of what we are.'"
If I may be permitted to get this off my chest... The plural of Jedi is Jedi (without the S)! ;) But anyway, you can read the rest of the article here.

And here's a small taste of the track they wrote together, Born Again:


In other news, JBJ is playing solo (well, with a backing band dubbed the Kings of Suburbia) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida on July 26, 2012.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

JBJ co-writes new Beach Boys song

Jon Bon Jovi co-wrote a track from the Beach Boys That's Why God Made the Radio album with Brian Wilson and Joe Thomas:
"Summer's Gone," the final track on "Radio," was finished with the help of Jon Bon Jovi. " 'Summer's Gone' was something we wrote one verse to and then Jon Bon Jovi came by the studio one day and he called it Brian's 'My Way,' " Thomas said. "Jon collaborated with us a little on it, changing the melody in a couple of spots. He wrote some really nice verses that kind of tied it all in together. We definitely appreciated the contribution because it took it from one great verse to one great song."

You can listen to it here:

What do you think?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

David Bryan at Carrara Idol

I think David Bryan is a bit underrated -- as a Bon Jovi member, as a musician, as a singer and as an all round performer -- so maybe it's time for a Dave post. He performed before 500 guests on a marble piano in the Fantiscritti marble cave in Carrara, Italy in May and some videos have gradually popped up. Enjoy. :)

Memphis Lives In Me

Say a Prayer / The Music of My Soul

Great Balls of Fire

Hallelujah (partial)

Wanted Dead or Alive / In These Arms

Bed of Roses

Livin' on a Prayer