As we gear up for the release of Rock of Ages this week, we’ve been looking back at some of the trends the nostalgic musical so lovingly celebrates, like Malin Akerman’s sexy rocker-chick look and Mary J. Blige’s flashy jumpsuits. More than any one fashion, the movie reminds us of one big trend the late ’80s and early ’90s were famous for: the groupie. Not just the girls who flashed their goods from the audience or hung around by the tour buses, either — there were plenty of high-profile ladies who were eager for a backstage pass. And some of them got a lot more than a private concert in the bargain.
As we gathered this list of our favorite celebrity-rocker pairs, from Cher and Gene Simmons to Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear, one other thing became very evident: All of these couples seemed to share taste in makeup, tight pants, big hair and baggy blazers. It even looks like Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli got their hair cut together. And maybe Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter could swap blazers, while Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour traded acid-washed jeans. We’re not sure what exactly Melissa Gilbert and Billy Idol had in common, but, yeah, that happened!
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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.
We love it when split couples decide to get back together and give love a shot again. This is the case with Richie Sambora and Denise Richards, RadarOnline reports. They were spotted having dinner together atÂ Tatsuki sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills, California, on Sunday night and a source says, “They are dating again.” Denise and Richie split up back in 2007, after seeing each other for a year.Â Now the buzz is that they’re doing quite well together and the source added, “It is serious but they are trying to keep it low key.” Let’s see if they’re in it for the long haul this time around.
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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Okay, okay, Twi-hards, no need to get your Edward Cullen undies in a bunch! Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart merely posed for the paps at the premiere of New Moon in Los Angeles last night, while Robert Pattinson avoided perpetuating the Robsten gossip by flying solo down the red carpet. His shocked expression can probably be attributed to the hordes of crazed fans begging him to bite their neck. The entire New Moon cast showed up for the American premiere, including Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Anna Kendrick. Unsurprising Twilight fanatics like Emma Roberts and Jennifer Love Hewitt accompanied the cast on the carpet, as did closeted Twi-hard 50 Cent, proving no one is immune to the vampire craze.
The fashion was “dazzling,” with many of the ladies donning sequins, jewels, and sparkles. The guys went for a Mad Men-esque look with slim-fitting suits and skinny ties.
Missing from the red carpet was Rachelle Leferve, who tweeted “being fired from Eclipse tonight was just 2 emotional 4 me & I couldn’t manage it. So sorry.” Bryce Dallas Howard was cast to replace Leferve as “Victoria” in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. [Photos: Getty Images]