I haven't blogged here in quite some time. Aside from the busyness of life getting in the way -- which I'm extremely grateful for because not everyone has been lucky enough to keep working throughout the pandemic -- there just hasn't been a huge amount for me to talk about when it comes to Bon Jovi. I mean, individual members have their own projects, but the band obviously hasn't been able to get together and tour.
But 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of Bon Jovi's breakthrough album Slippery When Wet -- a record that I think deserves a lot more celebration than it's currently able to get. To honour the milestone, Bon Jovi digitally remastered the "Wild in the Streets" video and uploaded it to YouTube for the first time.
Cool, but... I would love something more. And no, cheap-looking merch does not count as "something more". 😜
In Perth, where I live, a local band -- also called Slippery When Wet -- paid tribute to the anniversary by playing the album in its entirety at a recent gig. I shot a video of "Never Say Goodbye" on my phone:
It was beautiful and actually kind of emotional getting to see Slippery performed in its entirety, albeit not by the real Bon Jovi in their prime.
Will Bon Jovi (current lineup or otherwise) tour again? It's hard to say anything with any certainty these days.
In the absence of touring, it looks like Jon's going to keep doing the Hampton Water Makes a Splash online gigs -- the "second annual" charity concert, in support of The Roots Fund, took place back in July. I neglected to write about it at the time, but if you're yet to watch it and have about an hour to spare, here it is:
- Help! [The Beatles cover]
- You Give Love a Bad Name / Hit the Road Jack [Percy Mayfield/Ray Charles cover]
- Do What You Can
- American Reckoning
- Watermelon Sugar [Harry Styles cover]
- Livin' on a Prayer
- It's My Life
- Fast Car [Tracy Chapman cover]
- Story of Love
- Lost Highway
- Who Says You Can't Go Home
I feel like this sort of thing suits Jon more these days but man, I'd still really love a Bon Jovi show. 🥺
But I'll end this "hi, I'm still here" post on something different... Phil X plays guitar on Kurt Deimer's version of "Have a Cigar" (originally by Pink Floyd), which was released in August. Phil is also in the music video:
Feel free to share your thoughts below. 😊