I’ve recently discovered Jon Bon Jovi and though I know his band’s songs, it’s only now I actually paid attention to the person behind the rockstar image. And man, am I surprised.
I initially found it hard to reconcile the rockstar image I had of him to this person who hails from New Jersey and has made good not only as an entertainer but as a role model.
Aside from being married to the same woman for 26 years in an industry where divorce and infidelity are so common that they no longer shock the world, he has also made himself socially relevant by devoting his energy to charity.
And what I love the most about him is how he is able to separate his work as an entertainer from the person that he is. Perhaps that has helped keep him sane all these years. Had it been any lesser and weaker human being, we might have seen someone who caters to our stereotype of rockstars.
Not to say that he lives a perfect life. His daughter had a drug overdose a few years back though something has to be said on how it was him she called when it happened.
But just as JBJ himself said, he’s not the only one who has gone against “cliche”. There’s also Bono. For sure, JBJ and Bono belong to a class of their own in the league of rock stars. And because of that, and more than their music, they really rock.
And on the occasion of Chinese Valentine’s Day a few days ago, he recorded The Moon Represents My Heart for his fans (which is actually one of the reasons why I’m posting on him because it amused me so much).
Bon Jovi is more than three decades old as a band and while they are facing a crisis with Richie Sambora leaving the group, they have served as an inspiration to many musicians. And it takes years and lots of hard work to accomplish what he and the rockstars of his generation have accomplished.
“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” – Jon Bon Jovi
And my fave Bon Jovi songs? Well, aside from the “cliche” It’s My Life, Livin’ On A Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name, my favorite would have to be Who Says You Can’t Go Home, simply because it shows the band almost three decades later and still rocking it out and remains relevant, music-wise and civic-wise.
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I have to admit, I’ve been a fan of Bon Jovi since I was a teen, because my Dad didn’t let me buy the albums in late 90s so I was stuck with his and my aunt’s collections of 80s rock albums, but that’s another story. However, I have never paid attention to JBJ’s personal life. Probably because I was, and still am, too afraid of being let down by it. There is this stereotype about singers, entertainers, especially rock stars. There is always some people who goes against this “cliche”. Just like Brian May, Queen’s guitarist, who studied math and physics at Imperial College London. Now, thanks to you, I found out that JBJ is actually a family man. It makes me even more proud to be a fan 🙂
Oh, and if you would like to check out their other songs, I would recommend the What About Now album. It sounds a bit different than most of their hit songs, but probably you would enjoy it if you enjoyed Yonghwa and Jonghyun’s rock ballad songs 😉 I cannot say much about their latest album Burning Bridges, because I haven’t bought the album yet =/
And again, thanks for writing this post! It gives me more reasons to be a good fan and watch their concert next month! 😀
you are cute not wanting to know about JBJ’s personal life lol amd glad I’m not the only one “clueless” and surprised about it. I love how he has the rockstar attitude but a New Jersey boy heart. maybe YH and his Busan is like that too? hahahaha
I will give the album a listen. thanks for the recommendation! oh and you are watching Bon Jovi? SO LUCKY YOU!!!!!
Dream come true when I was able to see him in a concert. he rocks! Love it1
awww I wish I could see him in a concert soon too. never too late lol