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First, let us say, Tom Cruise is hilariously good at singing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” in the new Rock of Ages trailer. But that’s not what impressed us the most about this preview of the movie (in theaters June 15) and certainly not what made us fork over our dough to see the musical on Broadway, from the front row. Nor was the touching love story of smalltown kids just trying to live out their dreams in L.A., or the cautionary tale about how fame and fortune will destroy your soul. Nope. It is the impressive way in which this musical actually makes us nostalgic for the most embarrassing fashion and music trends of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The perms, the sweaty leather, the man makeup, the sappy ballads, the over-the-top guitar solos, the bras worn alone as perfectly acceptable tops — we might cringe with regret (or, for those who didn’t live through the era, gape in wonder) in any other setting, but Rock of Ages reminds us of how totally rad it was to look as trashy as possible and bang your head to the sounds of Motley Crue, Poison and Def Leppard. It was true with the unknown actors of the theatrical version, but it’s even more evident when we see it all played out by the all-star cast of Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and newcomer Diego Boneta.
Without further ado, we present to you a countdown of the 20 most rock-and-roll looks from trailer #2.
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Did you read the rumors that Jon Bon Jovi was dead floating around on Twitter yesterday? We did and knew it was a hoax but there was a litte bit of us who thought — This BETTER not be true! News like this always brings out the Cassandra in people even though we’re well aware that weirdos on Twitter regularly bump off celebrities. Jon thought he would clear up the air himself and tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of a Christmas Tree with a placard that read, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey…” Someone from his management also wrote a message that clarified, “…Rest assured that Jon is fine! This photo was just taken.”
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In addition to his guitar-shredding skills, Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora clearly has many other qualities — and one of them, apparently, is honesty. When VH1 News caught up with him on the red carpet of Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Black Ball last week, he gave a little update about his recent reunion with Denise Richards.
“Things are good and I’m happy,” he said. “We always dug each other. She’s a great gal, and sweet, and we have a lot in common. We went through a lot together. … Easy on the eyes!”
But then reporter Janell Snowden may have slightly led Richie into a trap a minute later in the conversation, when she had him talking about the posters he had on his wall when he was a teenager.
It’s been a little more than a month since Richie Sambora checked into rehab. The Bon Jovi rocker needed to deal with recurring alcohol issues, as his first trip to rehab in 2007 was also due to booze and painkillers. We were really happy that he was confronting his problem, but were wondering what the repercussions on the Bon Jovi tour were going to be. They still have dates in the U.S and Europe and he’s been missing in action since the end of April. Fortunately for the band, Richie is out of rehab and ready to play!
Sambora was in New York yesterday — he flew in from L.A — and apparently signed tons of autographs at JFK. He’s jetting off to Europe to meet the rest of the band as he’s joining the tour immediately, as Bon Jovi play in Croatia this week! Is that a good idea? Going straight from rehab to touring, which seems to be his Achilles heel when it comes to drinking? We’re not too sure, but we’re definitely rooting for him.
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Apparently, Richie Sambora is headed to rehab, as RadarOnline reports. This is at least his second recent stint, as the rocker had check into Cirque Lodge in Utah previously in 2007 to deal with his drinking and addiction to painkillers. Unfortunately, he’s fallen off the wagon once again, but the good news is that he’s doing something about it!
Richie’s just come out of a very busy and draining tour with Bon Jovi and apparently, his alcoholism kicked in during his time spent on the road. A source reveals, “Richie recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together” while another “friend” says, “Richie has had a busy year. I think this was a culmination of all the things that overloaded his life and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself.” While the band is supposedly being very supportive of his decision, we still don’t know how they’re going to deal with Sambora’s absence for the rest of the tour. They still have dates in the U.S and Europe left until the June! We’re rooting for you, Richie!
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We love a hard-partying juicy story from the past, and this one made our ears prick up like Legolas from LOTR. The fact that Jon Bon Jovi dated Diane Lane back in 1985 totally skipped our pop culture radar. In our defense, we were two years old at the time.
All the dirty deets are in Bon Jovi‘s ex tour manager, Rich Bozzet‘s book, originally titled, “Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi“. So Rich… what’s the book about, huh? His story is that Jon and Diane were like this tight and loving it up, but unfortunately she was also getting this tight with the band’s guitarist, Richie Sambora. An excerpt reads, “The very thing that made Jon feel so passionate toward Diane Lane in the first place ended up being the reason for their sudden, unceremonious breakup.”
Another passages spells it out: “Diane was young and wild and loved to party. But she loved to party so much that Jon caught her partying with Richie Sambora. That wasn’t a good day for Jon’s relationship with Diane, to say nothing of Jon-Richie relations.” So as we know, Jon ended up going back to his old flame Dorothea Hurley, and they got married in 1989, while Diane eventually ended up with Josh Brolin.
But what we want to know is, “…caught her partying with…” means what exactly? Taking the book’s title into consideration it could mean a lot, so maybe we’ll just leave “partying” in quotation marks and let our imagination run free.
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How much do we love this man and his perpetual fountain of youth? He.Does.Not.Age. But he does get injured. Jon Bon Jovi hurt himself pretty badly while performing a concert at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Being the classy star that he is, Jon finished his set and then had to be carried off the stage by the rest of the band. Ouch.
His rep explained what went down. “Near the end of Bon Jovi’s two-and-a-half hour show at New Meadowlands Stadium on Friday night, Jon Bon Jovi sustained a torn calf muscle … The injury will not prevent Bon Jovi from playing any of their upcoming stadium dates this summer.” That’s why you can see Jonny limping around to (insert irony) Livin’ on A Prayer (whilst probably thinking “we’re half way there-eeee”.) Another spokesman told People, “Jon Bon Jovi sustained a torn calf muscle. Jon made light of the injury and went on to close the show with their hit, ‘Living On a Prayer.’ The band ended the night together, thanking the capacity hometown crowd, and assisting Jon off the stage.”
So yes, ladies – Jon can still lay you down in a Bed of Roses.
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Swim away, Willy. Swim away. You’re freeeee!
Even though Casey James had the inferior performance on Tuesday night, it was Michael Lynche who was kicked off American Idol last night for his version of “Will You Be There.” It may have inspired whales, but humans, not so much. But he has a baby! Where’s your heart, America?
The episode also featured guest appearances from Fantasia and her amazing baby voice, Chris Daughtry and his amazingly sculpted eyebrows, and Bon Jovi and their amazingly-still-80’s hair. And Jon Bon Jovi was rocking a shirt that was officially unbuttoned to his navel. Just in case it got hot on stage. Mentor Jamie Foxx was nowhere to be found. We assume that’s because he wanted to perform a monologue from The Soloist but that would have proved too powerful for this audience.
So in the end, our final three is the same as it has been for a couple weeks now: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James. Will our nation’s lust for men with beautiful hair triumph over dreadlocks and paint chips? (Seriously, that’s the only fun fact about Lee we’ve been privy to. We get it! He knows his way around various shades of off-white.) Two more weeks to go!
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No good deed goes unpunished. Susan Boyle was returning home last night when she reportedly encountered a young man inside her council house in Blackburn, Scotland. “The owner was very distressed to find someone had been within her home,” said local police. “And we are keen to speak to anyone who can assist with our investigations.” A 16-year-old was detained in connection with the trespassing, but released without charge. “I’m fine. It’s in the hands of the police now,” she told fans outside her home this morning.
Ironically, Boyle had just flown back from London, where she recorded her vocal for Simon Cowell‘s charity single for Haitian relief, a cover of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” (a peculiar choice, considering the song’s subject is teenage depression—is Simon worried Haiti will kill itself?). Among the other stars joining Boyle on the track are Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams, Mika, Leona Lewis, Take That and Rod Stewart—whose presence reportedly made Boyle “shy” at the recording. D’ya still think he’s sexy, Susan?
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