There’s gonna be some partying today in New Jersey, because today is the birthday of one of its favorite sons No, NOT Bruce Springsteen -it’s Jon Bon Jovi! The arena rock legend turns 52 today, and the crazy part is…he looks younger than we do! There’s definitely a reason he won the honor of being named the Sexiest Music Man Under 40 (by a whopping 46 percent). He hasn’t changed a bit from when he first burst onto the scene with the rest of Bon Jovi nearly thirty years ago. Don’t believe us? Head up to the mega-gallery above and check out the hair, the ripped jeans, the gorgeous models, and other hallmarks from his ’80s heyday!
Ah, Saint Valentine’s Day. The day when you shower your loved ones with bouquets of roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and heavy metal. Heavy Metal? That’s right. Hallmark be damned, this V-Day we’ve put together a special set of Valentine’s Day cards featuring your favorite stars from the world’s of hard rock, glam, thrash and good old classic heavy freakin’ metal. Say that special something to the one you love with Slayer. Do you and your loved one make a good Crüe? Are you Bon Jovi-al when you’re near them? Do they drive you as Wylde as the bearded guitarist of Black Label Society? Like Dio sang, are they your rainbow in the dark? Check out our Heavy Metal Valentine’s Day Cards, download your favorites and share them with the one you love. And if you need to get in the mood while the two of you gorge yourselves on candies listen to our list of Heavy Metal’s 13 Most Romantic Love Songs.
You only hear them nowadays on late-night compilation commercials or as Muzak at the dentist’s office or at inebriated karaoke nights. Most of them are coated in a thick layer of Velveeta cheese and full of single entendres and metaphors so simple a three year old could have written them. But you know you love them. How can you not? Those “manly” hair bands slowing it down and showing a more sensitive side and often coming up with some of their catchiest and most-career defining hits. From Poison to Journey to Def Leppard, going the route of the power ballad was an absolute given in the 1980s if you were in a hard rock band. And yes, we do take responsibility for keeping these songs popular and the artist’s careers alive. We’ve even employed some of them! But it’s all out of love, just like the songs themselves. Here’s 10 Power Ballads We Just Can’t Stop Loving. And you can’t either. Admit it.
It’s been a tough 12 months for Jon Bon Jovi. Inclusion in our Music’s 40 Hottest Men Over 40 list aside, he’s had to deal with the heroin overdose of his 19-year-old daughter Stephanie and a massive feud with his longtime band member Richie Sambora that has threatened the stability of his band, Bon Jovi. And although fall is not generally known as a time of rebirth and renewal, the return of football has finally brought some good fortune back into the Bongiovi home.
When Richie Sambora was asked to pack his bags and take a leave of absence from the current leg of the Bon Jovi world tour back in early April, Jon Bon Jovi cited “personal reasons” as the cause of Sambora’s departure. Of course, “personal reasons” is generally PR speak for “drug/alcohol abuse,” and knowing Sambora’s well-documented history in that arena, many assumed that he had fallen off the wagon again. Well, as it turns out, Richie has been paying close attention to the rumor and innuendo, and he’s not the least bit happy about it. “Enough with the trash-talking — Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly,” Sambora told the Daily Mail late last week.
Bon Jovi‘s “Livin’ On A Prayer” was originally released way back in 1986, but the nearly 30 years that have elapsed since its release have done nothing to diminish the song’s cultural significance. On Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show, one of Jay Leno‘s minions surprised a California man who was pumping gas at a station in Burbank with a simple request: Would he like to do some karaoke while he pumped his gas? The man, who we only know as Will, said yes, and requested to sing “Livin’ On A Prayer.” Does he need the words? “No, I know ‘em, baby!” Well then, sing on!
Happy 51st birthday, Jon Bon Jovi! The steel-horse-riding, six-string-slinging frontman of Bon Jovi has seen a million faces and rocked them all, but today the only number he has to worry about is blowing out 51 birthday candles. Read more…
No one dominated the middle to late 1980s quite like Jon Bon Jovi did. Every dude in America wanted to be his best friend, and every girl the world over wanted to be his best friend, too (if only for a night).