Friday, October 13, 2017

Flashback: Jon Bon Jovi hosts SNL

Jon Bon Jovi hosted Saturday Night Live 10 years ago, on October 13, 2007.

Since we're currently on a break in the tour and no new dates have been confirmed, I thought I'd share a few clips from that episode.

Amy's Bedroom (cold open) - JBJ emerges from a teenage Amy Poehler's poster:

New Jersey Game Show - Jon plays a stereotypical Jersey native:

Where's My Purse? - Jon plays an alien:

Naming the Band - A fictional account of how Bon Jovi got their name:

I couldn't find Jon's monologue, where Richie Sambora forgot his scripted line. (This stuff-up was supposedly the reason why Bon Jovi ended up performing two songs in the episode and Foo Fighters only did one, despite Foo Fighters being the musical guests.)

Anyway, Phil X said on Twitter a few days ago that more tour dates would be announced "soon" so fingers crossed:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bon Jovi nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Image: Bon Jovi/Facebook
Bon Jovi is one of the 2018 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They have been eligible since 2008 (Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record) and were previously nominated in 2011, but obviously weren't inducted.

The 2018 nominees are:
  • Bon Jovi 
  • Kate Bush 
  • The Cars
  • Depeche Mode
  • Dire Straits
  • Eurythmics
  • The J. Geils Band
  • Judas Priest
  • LL Cool J
  • MC5
  • The Meters
  • The Moody Blues
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
  • Nina Simone
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Link Wray
  • The Zombies
If Bon Jovi were to get in, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such would be the ones inducted, alongside Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres. This could mean the original lineup performs together at the induction ceremony, which would be interesting... I have no idea if Alec even plays anymore.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that Hugh McDonald won't be inducted with Bon Jovi. I know Alec was the bassist during their most influential period, but Hugh contributed to every album except 7800° Fahrenheit; played uncredited on Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, and Keep the Faith; and has been in the band longer than Alec was (albeit not classified as an official member until 2016). I don't mean to sell Alec short either; I think they should both be included, but I can't do anything about it.

Of course, that's all moot if the committee overlooks Bon Jovi again.

Anyway, the fan vote for who you think should be inducted into the Rock Hall is now open. Until December 5, 2017, you can vote once a day for up to five artists. The results of the fan ballot count as one vote.

UPDATE 20/12/17: Not only is Bon Jovi joining the Class of 2018, it looks like Hugh might be inducted after all!