We are excited to unveil the updated BonJovi.com site, celebrating thirty years of music.
Through the years our fans have been the constant motivation and inspiration to continue to make music and perform across the world. We’ve released 12 studio albums and many other special releases (Crossroads, 100 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong, This Left Feels Right), and embarked on just as many world tours. Across 52 countries, we’ve played over 2,900 concerts, and were honored to have 3 consecutive #1 worldwide tours (Lost Highway World Tour, The Circle Tour, and Because We Can - The Tour).
We invite you to share your #BonJoviMemories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram@bonjovi and check back on BonJovi.com for updates as we celebrate this milestone throughout the year.
Thank you again for all of your support, we couldn’t do it without you!
One of the many joys I have in life is taking my son to school. It is a nice half hour of bonding time where we talk and listen to music.
We mostly listen to music. I have a Sirius satellite radio in my car, so we are able to listen to a variety of music. He truly likes all kinds of music, but mainly pop. In fact, I do not really know a song he does not like. I know is favorite at the moment is "Counting Stars" by One Republic. He also likes "Animals". He thinks crocodiles sing the song.
He also remembers every song he has heard and can tell me the name and artist. It is pretty amazing for a 4-year-old, actually. I can barely remember to pack his lunch, yet he knows that Paramore sings “Ain’t It Fun.”
The other day, we were listening to a station called “The Blend” and one of my favorite songs came on.
"Livin’ On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi started up. I started to hear the "Mmmmmmm… wooowooow!" at the beginning.
I got excited and told my song he is going to love this because it is the best song ever!
My son got mad and said that was not the best song ever. He said that One Direction sang “Best Song Ever”.
I guess if my son wanted to take me to court on that subject, he would win. Technically, One Direction does sing the “Best Song Ever.”
That bothered me for the moment. Because I wanted my son to appreciate “Livin’ On A Prayer.”
So, I started to tell my son the love story of Tommy and Gina.
Livin’ On A Prayer is a story like no other. It starts out with Tommy, who used to work on the docks. The union has been on strike, so he has been down on is luck. Many would say it is tough for him. So tough.
Gina, who loves Tommy, works in a diner all day. She works for her father and she brings home her money. Do you know why she brings it home? For love. FOR LOVE!
Gina tells Tommy that they have to hold on to what they have got. If you look at it from their perspective, it does not make a difference if they make it or not. See, Gina and Tommy have each other and that is a lot. For love, they are going to give it a shot…
My son told me he wanted to listen to the radio and not listen to my story. I told him I could not stop the story. I was halfway there.
"Halfway to school?" my son asked.
"No son. I am talking about Gina and Tommy living on a prayer. They took each other’s hands. They will make it I swear!" I said.
"You should not swear!" my son added.
"Okay, let me finish the story, please." I said.
"No! I want to hear the song. I like it." My son said.
I did not go on with the story of Tommy and Gina. Instead, I told my son that One Direction does not sing the best song ever. Bon Jovi does. And anything else is untrue.
My son is 4 and honestly, that is a cool age for a dad. He thinks I am smart and funny. He things I am an amazing athlete because I can throw the ball in the air. He wants to do things like me and we like the same music.
I know that will change soon. I will not be the cool dad. My son will want me to drop him off far away from his friends. He will not want to spend time with me. A lot of kids are like that and I am prepared for it. Which is why I enjoy the time with him now.
I love that we can bond about music now. He will not like the same music as I do in a few years. He will listen to some music that I think it noise and he will tell me that the music I like is not cool. It happens to every generation.
But yesterday, when my son and I were at the store I looked at him and asked him a simple question…
"Who sings the best song ever?"
He told me Bon Jovi.
And for a brief moment, I felt like I taught him a great music lesson.
We are releasing an incredible Bon Jovi photo book titled WORK. The oversized, hardcover art book - weighing nearly five pounds - contains 208 pages of images by BON JOVI’S OFFICIAL tour photographer David Bergman and shows Jon, Richie, David, and Tico on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. A special section features never-before-seen private photos taken by Jon Bon Jovi himself.
Pre-order and reserve your copy today!Bon Jovi WORK is being printed in EXTREMELY limited quantities. A very small number of signed books are available, and if you missed out on getting the 2013 VIP photo book last fall, this is your last chance as it will not be reprinted.
Bon Jovi WORK is expected to start shipping in June 2014.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WORK, BON JOVI: BECAUSE WE CAN 2013, AND INSIDE OUT ——-
"WORK” is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi, the top touring rock band in the world. This oversized, hardcover art book — weighing nearly five pounds — is a collection of color and black and white photographs taken by the band’s official tour photographer David Bergman during two record-breaking world tours from 2010-2013. Exclusive, intimate, and powerful images show the band members on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. Never before seen photos take you inside the operating room as Jon Bon Jovi deals with the pain and successful surgery on his knee in 2011. Another section of the book features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving fans a unique look — for the first time ever — at the rock icon’s life through his own eyes.
Hardcover. 208 pages. 10.8 x 14.4 inches.
“Bon Jovi: Because We Can 2013” is a hardcover portfolio of exquisite black and white photographs from the award winning 2013 tour by the band’s official photographer David Bergman. The book was printed in very limited numbers and became an instant Bon Jovi collectors item immediately upon it’s release. This look inside life on the road with the world’s biggest concert tour has never been available for purchase and the last remaining copies are finally obtainable only with your pre-order of WORK.
Hardcover. 60 pages. 7.5 x 10 inches.
BON JOVI: INSIDE OUT - showcases split-screen concert footage of the band performing their timeless hits, pre-recorded live at three different venues: their 12-night stand at London’s The O2 (Inside), the grand opening of New Meadowlands Stadium (Outside) and their multi-night run at Madison Square Garden (Inside).
Update Tuesday, Jan 28: Packages are now sold out.Good Afternoon Runaways! Hot, breaking news! We’ve got an exciting addition to our already awesome, upcoming Runaway trip to Las Vegas. We are thrilled to announce that there will now be a photo op with Jon Bon Jovi as part of the trip! Individuals will be grouped by room.
Join us for this amazing experience and sure to be good time in Las Vegas. This is something you definitely don’t want to miss and want to be a part of.
Come join Runaway Tours on February 24th to 26th in Las Vegas for a private acoustic Storyteller Show with Jon Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Live on the Vegas strip. The trip package will also include a special presentation with David Bergman, Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer. This is an exclusive “Jovication” that you don’t want to miss.
The trip cost will include two nights of accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, a welcome party, an after show party at the Hard Rock, an autographed photo of Jon Bon Jovi, Hard Rock / Runaway Tours Shot Glass, a special event laminate and trip credential is also included. Extra nights will also be available.
Trip Package: single price is $1,849 USD and the double price is $1,699 USD.
You must be an active member of Backstage with JBJ.
Check BonJovi.com THIS MONDAY, January 13th for full details.
Update Tuesday, Jan 28: Packages are now sold out.
Runaway Tours Las Vegas sale starts Tuesday January 14th at 7am PT / 10am ET. Visit RunawayToursBonJovi.com for more package details and order information.
Good Afternoon Runaways! Hot, breaking news! We’ve got an exciting addition to our already awesome, upcoming Runaway trip to Las Vegas. We are thrilled to announce that there will now be a photo op with Jon Bon Jovi as part of the trip! Individuals will be grouped by room.
Join us for this amazing experience and sure to be good time in Las Vegas. This is something you definitely don’t want to miss and want to be a part of.
Trip Package Includes:
• Two Night Hotel Accommodations At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas • Private Acoustic Storyteller Show With Jon Bon Jovi At Hard Rock Live On The Strip • Photo Op With Jon Bon Jovi (Grouped By Room) • After Show Party Cocktails At The Hard Rock Live On The Strip • “On Tour With Bon Jovi” Presentation By Tour Photographer David Bergman • Bon Jovi Ballroom Bash Welcome Party • And much, much more! Click here for details.
Please Note: One person must be a member of Backstage With Jon Bon Jovi to attend. Once you log in with your fan club account, you can download the PDF form from RunawayToursBonJovi.com to purchase a package after the on sale date and time.
Not a Backstage JBJ Member? Click here to join today and gain access to exclusive ticket pre-sales, exclusive merchandise, access to Backstage JBJ, and much more!
We appreciate your kindness, friendship, support and patience through this tour and over the last 30 years. You are the motivation behind what we do and we could not do it with you! Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Happy 2014!
The Pollstar Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours chart shows Bon Jovi in first place, Beyoncé holding down the No. 2 position and Pink landing in third.
Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. October 9, 2013 (Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP)
2013 was a record year for the global concert industry. Combined, The Top 20 Worldwide Tours took in $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales, a huge $470.6 million or 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion generated in 2012.
More artists saw fat pay days in 2012. During the year there were 13 tours that grossed over $100 million, compared with only six tours hitting that monetary benchmark last year.
Not only did Bon Jovi hit No. 1 across the globe, but the band’s $259.5 total gross was also the highest in its career. And they did it without Richie Sambora.
There were also a couple of newcomers to the Top 20 Worldwide Tours. One Direction grabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, and Bruno Mars clocked in at 17th with his $72.4 million total.
Want more info? Sure you do. Just click here for Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours, including average ticket prices, total tickets sold and other data elements guaranteed to spark conversations, initiate debates and transform you into the Einstein of Concerts among your family and friends.
And stay tuned. Pollstar will release all of its 2013 Year End research Jan. 9.
It was good news and bad news for Bon Jovi in 2013. The good news: A chart-topping album and the highest-grossing tour of the year. The bad news: Their guitarist walked out on them mid-tour, and their drummer faced two life-threatening medical problems.
In October of 2012, Bon Jovi did something risky by putting tickets on sale for their 2013 Because We Can world tour before their new album had even been released. They kicked off that world tour in February, even though the album, called What About Now, still wasn’t out. When it finally arrived in March, it became Bon Jovi’s third straight studio effort to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and their fifth #1 album overall. As for the tour, it went around the globe and ended up as the top-grossing trek of the entire year, earning more than 205 million bucks over 90 sold-out shows.
The fact that the tour was able to sell out worldwide was even more impressive, considering the fact that in early April, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora walked off the tour with no explanation. He was replaced for the remainder of the trek by guitarist Phil X, as rumors flew about the “real” reason for Sambora’s absence. There was much speculation that either drugs or disagreements over financial arrangements had caused the split, as well as rumors that frontman Jon Bon Jovi had fired Sambora. All those rumors were denied.
Finally, the guitarist revealed that he’d simply needed a break for what had essentially been 30 years of non-stop touring, and that he wanted to spend time with his teenage daughter and, later, his ailing mother. He didn’t rule out rejoining the group either, saying there was “no malice” between him and Jon.
As if being down a guitarist wasn’t bad enough, during a two-week period in September, the band twice lost their drummer, Tico Torres: first to an emergency appendectomy, and then to gall bladder surgery. Drummer Rich Scannella filled in for Torres, but several shows had to be either postponed or canceled. In a statement announcing those changes, Jon Bon Jovi said, “Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago. He’s also one tough SOB.”
2013 also saw continuing proof of Bon Jovi’s enduring, multi-generational appeal. They were nominated for Favorite Music Group at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, alongside such young acts as One Direction. In November, their classic hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #25, thanks to the sudden popularity of a viral video, shot in 2009, that shows Boston Celtics fan Jeremy Fry dancing his heart out to the tune in the stands at Boston’s TD Garden. Also in November, Jon Bon Jovi performed at a benefit in London hosted by Prince William. The heir to the British throne, as well as country-pop superstar Taylor Swift, joined Jon onstage to belt out “Livin’ on a Prayer”: They knew every word. Later, Jon said of the prince, “He was a great sport, and I assure you all the man can sing.”
Among the personal highlights for Jon in 2013: his 18-year-old son Jesse Bongiovi was chosen as a member of the University of Notre Dame’s football team, and in July, the singer donated $1 million to a fund that’s helping New Jersey communities recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Jon Bon Jovi has been a busy man, with his band achieving the status of highest-grossing world tour of 2013. Their 90-date Because We Can tour is due to end with one final performance on Tuesday in Brisbane, Australia. In between a tight schedule of concerts, the frontman was able to find some time off to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Australian scenery.
I’m on a boat! Jon Bon Jovi saluted cameras as he cruised about the Sydney Harbour amid his ‘Because We Can’ world tour
The Bon Jovi front man was spotted cruising in a recreational boat in Sydney Harbour on Monday, looking to be having the time of his life as he enjoyed the fresh air and breeze and hit it off with fellow passengers.
The 51-year-old rock star kicked back at the stern of the boat in order to enjoy the outdoors and a panoramic view of one of the world’s finest harbours. He expressed feelings of elation and perhaps triumph during such a successful tour as he acknowledged cameras with a high reaching wave - resembling a salute as though to say, ‘Ay captain!’
Say cheese! The 51-year-old rock star took time off in between his back-to-back shows in Sydney and his final show in Brisbane on Tuesday
The father of four looked clean cut and cool in black shades, a white cap, a form fitting black polo, necklaces, belted blue jeans, and black sneakers. He wandered around the boat, engaging chummily with fellow passengers and seeming to exude a charming and larger than life presence.
Larger than life: The father of four and his band has achieved the status of highest-grossing world tour of 2013, ranked by Billboard
It’s no wonder he’s in high spirits, considering his iconic band is about to wrap up a smashingly successful world tour that kicked off in Washington D.C. in February and then took the band members all across Canada and the United States, down to South Africa, through Europe, South America, Japan, and finally, Australia.
His restful afternoon in the Sydney Harbour came after two back-to-back shows in Sydney: one on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium, where Kid Rock also performed, and then on Sunday at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
According to Billboard, the New Jersey rockers achieved the status of highest-grossing tour of 2013, more than the next-biggest touring musician, P!nk.
Such an achievement is not a first for Bon Jovi - having finished in 2008 as well as 2010 as Billboard’s highest grossing of the year, according to the BBC.
Charismatic musician: Jon engaged fellow passengers in chummy conversation
Jon Bon Jovi took a well deserved afternoon of rest, with his grand finale performance just around the corner: at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Tuesday, also featuring Kid Rock as a special guest.
JON Bon Jovi has been reunited with the Sydney bride who he walked down the aisle in Las Vegas.
Branka Cladera (Delic), a diehard fan of the band, made international news in October when her online campaign for Bon Jovi to walk her down the aisle at her Las Vegas wedding actually worked.
Not content with the one experience, Branka was determined to meet up with Bon Jovi again when he arrived in Sydney this week for two concerts.
His Vegas visit was a fleeting one which left her in shock so the bride wanted to make sure she thanked him properly for his generosity.
On Saturday night Branka and husband Gonzalo attended the massive outdoor Bon Jovi gig at Homebush like every other fan in Sydney.
But she had a secret plan - she was also going to the Sunday night show at the Entertainment Centre, where she had paid $500 for tickets in the 10th row, along with her girlfriends who had made up signs which read “Vegas Bride is Here”.
But Bon Jovi had his own plans. On Sunday afternoon Bon Jovi management contacted her to invite Branka and Gonzo to watch the band perform during sound check, to meet up with the man himself again.
"They asked us to be there in an hour and I was yelling at Gonz, ‘get in the shower now we can’t be late’,” she laughs.
They watched an unusually long sound check of over an hour before meeting up in a hallway backstage.
"Jon shows up with a big smile on his and I just ran at him and said, ‘give me a hug big boy’,” she said.
"He started laughing. It really did surpass my wedding day a million times over. This was the whole experience. As a kid I was that person who hung around the back of the Entertainment Centre seeing who would come in and out. Last night I was that person with my VIP pass. I could only dream that one day I would be walking down that hall at a Bon Jovi show, it was amazing.”
Branka said Bon Jovi was surprisingly nervous before the second Sydney show after changing the set list and was worried about the fan’s reaction.
"We told him he nothing he could do would disappoint fans,” she said. "He kept asking us about our honeymoon but I kept saying, ‘I don’t want to talk about us I want to talk about you’.”
The final touch for the night was that Bon Jovi management produced five extra seats for Branka, Gonzo and three friends to sit at the very front of the stage.
An over-excited Branka forgot to tell her friends, who turned up at the gig, only to be told their tickets for seats in the 10th row had been cancelled. “I was getting all these calls freaking out but when they found out they were so excited.”
They were even presented with bags full of every piece of Bon Jovi merchandise on sale.
It capped off a remarkable few months for the couple.
In September, Branka launched her bid to have Jon Bon Jovi walker her down the aisle at her wedding in Las Vegas. In soon became an online media campaign aided by the Hornsby Advocate.
Ms Delic’s Facebook page called ‘Bon Jovi, Walk Me Down the Aisle?’ attracted 1880 likes and attracted media attention in the US where it caught Bon Jovi’s eye.
Playing in Vegas at the same time as the wedding, the legendary rocker shocked the couple by turning up and making Branka’s dream come true.
They came for the songs, the looks and, oh right, apparently a good deal of ‘em for those trademark tight jeans.
No one left disappointed.
Bon Jovi blasted into Melbourne on Saturday night for the opening show of his Australian tour with a clear intention – stand and deliver.
Deliver he did – a cracking show stretching well beyond the two hour mark laced with classics, new stuff, plenty of fun and all the ‘showman’ that has taken him to the top of the world through 30 years.
This 51-year-old danced, sung and wiggled that trademark of his across a mighty stage designed as the front of a 1959 Buick complete with headlights.
Bon Jovi arrived to entertain and had just one request in return – crowd participation.
Those calls where answered in kind – a sea of waving arms, dancing and, yep, plenty of sing-a-long.
And when Bon Jovi thought that crowd participation was waning, he told them so.
At one stage banging the microphone he asked: ‘’Is this thing still on… are you still with me out there?’’
Of course, they were.
Where cigarette lighters once ruled, the mobile phone now holds court and when Bon Jovi told everyone to get them out and ‘light up this dome’ the interior of Etihad was transformed into a scene to rival the best of starry, starry nights.
The Bon Jovi magic was always on show – You Give Love A Bad Name, Raise Your Hands, It’s My Life, Because We Can, Keep The Faith, We Weren’t Born To Follow.
But the concert highlights were voted for by the crowd on this night and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Bad Medicine and a rousing five-song encore featuring In These Arms, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive, Have a Nice Day and Livin’ On A Prayer were the ‘fever pitch’ moments.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead was Bon Jovi and his band at their best – the song littered with segues into the Rolling Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls Of Fire and a touch of festive cheer with Chuck Berry’s Run Run Rudolph.
Bad Medicine took on a life of its own as well with a good dose of Johnny O’Keefe’s Shout.
But every concert has a moment… right?
The bit you will never forget.
Cue… Livin’ On A Prayer.
Bon Jovi delivered the opening to the song in acoustic style – pretty soon he was doing the guitar work and the crowd the singing.
His approving smile served both as recognition for the crowd’s efforts and fuel for the hordes to just keep on singing.
Bon Jovi took over to belt out Livin’ On A Prayer in true traditional style with his chorus of 50,000 odd back up singers, of course.
Bon Jovi thanked the crowd for coming out to see the band that night, for 30 years of support and wished all a safe trip home.
Then he was gone. Job done.
Although given the sea of mobile phones snapping and recording with ferocity all night – fair bet that concert is going to live on for some time to come.