domingo, 4 de julio de 2010

Bon Jovi: Still livin' on a prayer.

After 27 years together Bon Jovi is still one of the biggest music acts around.

ONE News Europe correspondent Paul Hobbs caught up with the band in London hours before playing their eighth concert this month and got a taste of the rock 'n' roll attitude.

Bon Jovi has been pumping out the hits since the mid-1980s and the crowds are still feverishly in love.

Richie Sambora says the band's concerts are like "having sex with 70,000 people or something every night".

Their dress and their hair have changed and predictably there are a few more lines on their faces, but despite the fame and fortune that goes with more than 120 million record sales, the boys from New Jersey are adamant they are still the working men of blue collar rock.

"It's who you are and that's where we come from. That's where we'll always be," says keyboardist David Bryan.

Sambora says playing a concert is like a "contact sport".

"If you ask me if I'm going to sit in my room by myself and play Livin' On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or Alive for the fifth-upteen-thousandth time, I'm going to say 'no'. But in actuality when you're out there and you have contact with your audience, it becomes a beautiful experience."

The band's latest album, The Circle, entered the US charts at number one, their single Work For The Working Man hitting the right notes in a country battered by the economic meltdown.

"It captured that essence that people can relate to in New Zealand, the same way that Work for the Working Man relates to the guys that we wrote it about in Ohio," says Jon Bon Jovi

The band doesn't always get the rosiest reviews, but Jon says it doesn't faze them.

"We get incredible reviews and we get bad ones. Jesus had rocks thrown at him, you know, so it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you think you are, anybody is going to be critical of anybody."

Jon Bon Jovi also says forget any talk of slowing down.

"The only barometer is the Rolling Stones, and when they call it quits, at least we know that's where the finish line is."

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