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).
This morning the great Jon Bon Jovi stopped by VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live to perform his Golden Globe nominated song “Not Running Anymore” (below), to catch us up on his forthcoming album and it’s high-tech cover, and to share his experience being a part of night’s historical 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief.
Bon Jovi acknowledged that the show may have been a tad lengthy at six-hours — “You had to bring a lunch pail and a change of clothes” — but assured that is proud of the funds that were raised for the Robin Hood Foundation and the “joyous” feeling of unity the night seemed to raise in people. “You know, they may say bad things about us behind or back or sometimes in front of our back, but in our time of need they have an affinity with us,” he said.
So the unlikely story that got the internet spinning yesterday, the one about how Paul McCartney as Dave Grohl to jam and inadvertently ended up getting Nirvana back together? It turns out there was some — well, a lot of — truth to it. Last night McCartney was charged with closing out the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, a challenging task that meant following up nearly six-hours of performances by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West and Billy Joel to the Rolling Stones, and a task that he handily dealt with by calling up his “mates” Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for a “jam.”
Together they played “Cute Me Some Slack,” the new song teased in yesterday’s blodders. There can be no Nirvana without Kurt Cobain, but McVana ground it out their own way. They played a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was stomping and static with feedback like a Nirvana song wont be, and which got Macca wailing like his blood was running hot: “Mama, watch me run / Mama let me have some fun.”
That was only one of many wonderful moments from last night’s benefit, which . Here are five more you won’t want to miss:
Always one to lend a hand to a good cause, Bruce Springsteen did his part to help Hurricane Sandy victims earlier this month when he performed during NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon; and because need remains, he and some of the biggest names in music are saddling up once again. When Springsteen reaches the Pearly Gates, the elevator’s going straight up.
On December 12th — or, 12.12.12 — The Boss and his E Street Band will join Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who for a night of live music at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an organization that provides money, material and know-how to local groups that are serving families and individuals in the tri-state area who have been left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The holidays are upon us, the weather is getting colder and there are still plenty of people in need — perhaps you would like to lend a hand and hear some good tunes (fingers crossed, Kanye re-up’s “Clique” re-up with Bruce and Billy Joel) while you’re at it? Visit 121212concert.org for more details and information.
12.12.12. The Concert For Sandy Relief [BruceSpringsteen]
A cavalcade of stars, including Sting, Aerosmith, and Jersey’s prodigal sons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, appeared on a live television special on NBC last night to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The show was, as you might guess, a mostly somber affair, but Long Island native Billy Joel delivered the evening’s most memorable and emotionally resonant performance by going against the grain and rocking out.
Joel belted out “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway),” which originally appeared on his 1976 album Turnstiles, an allegorical song in which an imagined natural disaster stood in for the very real (at the time) financial crisis that was affecting the city. In a strange twist of fate, the song now carries more emotional heft than ever, as New York City indeed saw the lights go down on Broadway over the course of the last week. Joel even amended the lyrics to the introductory verses of the song to fit the events of the last few days. “The storm went on beyond the Palisades, out in the Rockaways, the oceans overflowed,” Joel sang. “They shut our power down, Staten Island drowned, but we went right on with the show.”
The song, which Billy Joel described during a 9/11 benefit concert just over 10 years ago as a “science fiction song,” has always been about the unwavering resiliency of New Yorkers during crises, but most would agree that its words ring truer than ever today. Our hearty congratulations go out to Joel, a man who is not often seen performing in public these days, for giving the citizens of NYC an anthem around which everyone in the city can rally behind during a time of true need.
Thankfully we survived Hurricane Sandy. Aside from a few power outages, flooded subways and cabin fever we weathered the storm with our Hurricane Sandy playlist. Surviving is one thing, but damage to the states of New Jersey and New York City is another. It’s going to be a long road to rebuilding and restoration. In an effort to help victims affected by the storm NBC Universal announced it will hold an one hour telethon with funds donated to the Red Cross. Read more…
Imagine the worst picture of yourself posted on the bulletin board at work. Awful, right? Now envision that you are a heavy metal or rock star and the entire world is privy to the embarrassing yearbook photo that you hoped only grandma had copies of. MetalSucks.net compiled yearbook photos of 50 metal and rock musicians including everyone from Jon Bon Jovi to Courtney Love. In case you’re wondering how great they are (no, really, they’re amazing) the photos are comical. We can’t stop scrolling the mouse up and down the page to get a bit of nostalgia and laughter. Here’s our top five awesomely bad photos that have totally made our day. Read more…
Chris Martin Is His Own Security Guard, Defending Home From Singing Trespasser
Well, maybe defending is the wrong word. Chris Martin simply politely asked an intruder to leave, and he did. The fan had climbed over Martin’s garden fence to serenade him by singing Coldplay songs. [NME]
A Musician Started The Bon Jovi Death Rumour
The person behind the Bon Jovi death rumours was a musician named Jeffrey Goho from Pennsylvania. He said he started the rumours because he was frustrated Bon Jovi was focusing on business instead of music. Obviously a totally rational guy. Totally. [Rolling Stone]