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April 28, 2009

NFL players and NBA retirees party on the Strip

Bon Jovi played the Hard Rock's recently-opened Joint on Friday and went down in history as the first act to not sell out at the new venue.

However, Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora made up for the handful of unsold seats with a plethora of grandiose rock star poses spread across their nearly two-hour set.

Sambora later hit the tables at the Hard Rock and tried his luck with a few hands of Black Jack.

Jon Bon Jovi working up a sweat on the treadmill at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's gym in Vegas on Friday morning ahead of his sold-out show.

Kenny Chesney hanging out with Bon Jovi in the green room along with model and television host Leeann Tweeden at the Hard Rock on Friday night. Following the high energy concert, bandmates Richie Sambora and David Bryan were seen playing blackjack among a crowd of adoring female fans as they sipped on water while their song "Bad Medicine" was playing overhead.

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Posted by riesambo at 12:50 AM |

April 27, 2009

Bon Jovi delivers rockin' good return on investment

When it came time for "I'll Be There for You," the frontman turned the mic over to guitarist Richie Sambora, who performed double duty and manned both lead guitar and vocals as his bandmate took a break backstage.

Sambora had no problem stepping up to the plate. He sounded good and hit all his notes – the high ones and the low ones, too.

The 49-year-old guitarist also won bonus points for his spot-on solos: While some might complain they were predictable and lacked improvisation, Sambora made the most of his time in the spotlight while never taking things too far or for too long.

Unfortunately, the seasoned axeman also showcased an unfortunate wardrobe evolution, starting with a wine-colored crushed velvet blazer and finishing with a snakeskin vest.

The guitarist wore two of his signature, equally awful hats, one reminiscent of “Six” from the '90s teen television show, “Blossom,” and another wide-brimmed number that looked like it came straight from Zorro's garage sale.

All the while, the guitarist sparkled with a beaded fringe wristband, a black sequins guitar strap, and a T-shirt with “blessed” bedazzled across the chest and a giant cross displayed on the back.

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Posted by riesambo at 01:44 AM |

April 20, 2009

Tribeca fest to screen Bon Jovi film

A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BON JOVI will be featured as a work-in-progress at the Tribeca Film Festival, which begins Wednesday and runs through May 3 in downtown Manhattan.

Screenings of "Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful" are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. April 29 at BMCC Theatre; 199 Chambers St., and at 1:45 p.m. April 30 and 9:45 p.m. May 2 at AMC Village 7 Theatre, 66 Third Ave.
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Posted by riesambo at 08:36 PM |

April 09, 2009

Bon Jovi documentary to be shown at Tribeca festival

A documentary that aims to take a behind-the-scenes look at the rock band Bon Jovi will be screened at New York's Tribeca film festival, organizers said on Monday.
The film about the New Jersey band, "Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful," will be shown as a work in progress during the festival that begins on April 22.
It will include interviews with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora.
"Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi, I was amazed at the candor and humility Jon and his band showed me," British director Phil Griffin said in a statement.
"The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years," he added.
Since the band was formed in 1983 it has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. Griffin has directed various music videos for Bon Jovi, as well as for other artists, including Amy Winehouse and Prince.
The documentary was filmed on the road during the band's 2008 "Lost Highway" tour, named after their 10th studio album.

Posted by riesambo at 10:15 PM |