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December 27, 2005

You can't take Jersey out of Bon Jovi

"Have a Nice Day," the band's ninth studio album, sounds like classic Bon Jovi with additional harmonies by guitarist Richie Sambora and other band mates.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:47 PM |

December 24, 2005

Bon Jovi suffers from no point, and no good tunes


I can also tell you guitarist Richie Sambora is a dead ringer for Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, only Richie looks healthier. That may explain why his current wife, Heather Locklear, left Tommy and married Richie years ago. I also noticed Jon Bon Jovi looks more and more like Heather Locklear with his blonde shag haircut. When Jon and Richie sang into the same microphone for the duet "I'll be there for you" it really was more creepy than endearing. Let's put it this way: Mick and Keith don't sing "Wild Horses" into the same mic and Steve and Joe don't sing "Sweet Emotion" that way, either. But as the title of that old Knack album proclaimed, "The little girls understand."

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Posted by riesambo at 11:16 AM |

December 22, 2005

Bon Jovi shows Jersey pride, plays the hits

"Hey, I'd like to apologize for the beginning of "Bounce,' " Sambora told the crowd, explaining a minor flub. "I couldn't see."Sambora and Bon Jovi then harmonized on a low-key arrangement of "I'll Be There For You" that changed the fist-pumping power ballad into something more mellow and melancholy.

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Posted by riesambo at 09:14 AM |

December 21, 2005



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Posted by riesambo at 10:44 AM |

Concert review: Bon Jovi

The band’s latest album sounds like classic Bon Jovi, with additional harmonies by guitarist Richie Sambora and other bandmates.

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Posted by riesambo at 09:07 AM |

December 16, 2005

It's Pop Goes the Rocker Again, This Time a Longhaired Alumnus of 'American Idol'

Rock stars, more than behind-the-scenes songwriters, are expected to write music full of oversize gestures and potentially embarrassing lyrics; they're supposed to write songs that couldn't possibly have been written by anyone else. And so when Mr. Bice sings "Nothing Without You," written by Mr. Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and John Shanks, it's not hard to hear it as a potential Bon Jovi song, especially when the guitars come crashing to a halt right before the chorus.

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Posted by riesambo at 01:22 PM |

December 15, 2005

Bon Jovi rocks the Pepsi

ALBANY -- Bon Jovi's show at the Pepsi Arena Monday night had every element of a great concert -- the sound was perfect, the songs were awesome, the fans were way into it and the band, well, it IS Bon Jovi after all.
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Posted by riesambo at 09:54 AM |

December 12, 2005

Bon Jovi gives hair metal a good name

It’s all about the hookup. The opening bands for megawatt rockers Bon Jovi at the Garden Friday night and tonightwereBoston-grown rock acts Damone and Era for a Moment, respectively. How did the lucky unsigned acts (Damone recently lost its RCA deal after one album) hook up with the hoary hair-metal beast that is the ever-popular Bon Jovi?

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Posted by riesambo at 12:07 PM |

December 10, 2005

Intestines, 'Idol,' Baby And Bon Jovi Helped Inspire Bo Bice's Debut

Bo Bice is in denial. The credits on his debut album, The Real Thing, due Tuesday, include Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. And yet Bo still refuses to call them his peers.

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Posted by riesambo at 11:04 AM |

Having a Very Nice Day

After more than 20 years of cranking out hits, Bon Jovi is not ready to slow down. Hot on the heels of its latest CD success, the band has embarked on a world tour that makes a stop at the Pepsi Arena in Albany on Monday, Dec. 12. As the tour kicked off last month, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and keyboardist David Bryan spoke to media from around North America, including The Saratogian, during a teleconference about their 'Have a Nice Day' CD and tour and life in general.

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Posted by riesambo at 10:59 AM |

December 09, 2005

Heart, soul and hair

The boys in Bon Jovi were the same as ever Tuesday night at Mellon Arena -- just older.

In fact, the song "Just Older" set the stage for a funny unrehearsed moment. Guitarist Richie Sambora strode to frontman Jon Bon Jovi's microphone to add vocal harmonies on lines about standing shoulder to shoulder and sharing the sort of secrets that only friends can. When he leaned in, Bon Jovi accidentally sent Sambora's pink, feather-accented hat awkwardly tumbling from his head. After the song, Bon Jovi told Sambora, "It's a good thing you're not Tim McGraw."

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Posted by riesambo at 10:43 AM |

December 07, 2005

Imagine, after 25 years . . .


Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi: I was driving in my car, coming back from band rehearsal, and I had to pull over. I was shocked, in tears. It was a heavy moment. I remember like it was yesterday. It was somewhere around 9:30 at night. I was listening to WNEW in New York. I just got a chill right now thinking about it. I'm a huge Beatles fan; it definitely invaded my brain and my heart.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:39 PM |

another gossip (>_<)

HEATHER LOCKLEAR's marriage to Bon Jovi rocker RICHIE SAMBORA is said to be on the rocks because she is too bossy. The couple celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary this month. But friends say the relationship is strained and Heather, 44, is refusing to have another baby and wants to resurrect her acting career. Sambora, 46, is said to be sick of his wife keeping him on a short leash.

Posted by riesambo at 12:13 PM |

December 06, 2005

Bo Bice releasing debut

Bo Bice, "American Idol" fourth season finalist, will release his much-anticipated debut album, "The Real Thing," on 19 Recordings/RCA Records on Dec. 13.
Produced by Clive Davis, the album teams Bice with Chad Kroeger, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Ben Moody, John Shanks, and Swedish producer Max Martin. "It's so cool to be surrounded by people like that," says the singer from Birmingham, Alabama. "You just feel grateful every day."

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Posted by riesambo at 12:26 PM |

State of the union not Bon Jovial for Sambora, Locklear

Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear are due to celebrate their 11th anniversary Dec. 17, but to hear some people talk, their marriage may not last much past that.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:21 PM |

Sambora, Locklear are happily married

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and actress Heather Locklear say it may be "boring," but as their 11th anniversary nears, things couldn't be better.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:19 PM |


Rocker RICHIE SAMBORA and his actress wife HEATHER LOCKLEAR has slammed tabloid reports their marriage is in trouble, insisting their normal, happy family life is "boring, but true".

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Posted by riesambo at 12:16 PM |

December 04, 2005

Stars name their favorite Lennon songs

What's your favorite John Lennon song -- and why?

Richie Sambora: "Jealous Guy." It's haunting, that whistle. Everybody is in that position at one point in their relationships.

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Posted by riesambo at 02:09 PM |


Richie got tangled in his guitar power cables and missed the start of his solo... so Jon stopped the song, in disbelief that one of the most famous guitar solos in history wasn't done the right way! So the band picked up and Richie did a blazing guitar solo - as it should be - and finished the song and the night.

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Posted by riesambo at 03:51 AM |

December 02, 2005

Bon Jovi pushes ahead with new sounds

With more than 100 million records sold during a two-decade career, it's been proven time and time again that the members of Bon Jovi know how to expand their audience.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:09 PM |