During a recent interview with Metro, Richie Sambora was asked if he would be open to reuniting with Bon Jovi for a performance at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival next year. The guitarist, who had a “cheeky smile” on his face, responded by saying that “it’s a possibility” and that they are “talking a bit.” The band have yet to be confirmed for the festival, but it would be cool to see it happen.
Original Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The band commented:
“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such. He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him. He was a childhood friend of Tico and brought Richie to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly.”
Bon Jovi has announced an April U.S. tour. Pre-sales will launch on January 11 and tickets will be available to the general public on January 14.
04/01 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
04/03 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
04/05 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
04/08 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
04/09 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
04/11 GreeNville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
04/13 Savannah, GA – Enmarket Arena
04/15 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
04/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FLA Live Arena
04/19 Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
04/21 St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
04/23 Austin, TX – Moody Center
04/26 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
04/28 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
04/30 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
According to Variety, Jon Bon Jovi was unable to perform at yesterday’s (October 30) “Runaway With JBJ” event in Miami Beach, FL after testing positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, a representative said that the musician “is fully vaccinated and feeling fine.” 7News also reported that fans were already at the venue when the cancellation was announced. The backing band, Kings of Suburbia, all tested negative, but they chose not to play out of an abundance of caution.
Bon Jovi will be kicking off this year’s “Encore Drive-In Nights” concert series. The never-before-seen concert will broadcast in nearly 300 drive-ins across the United States, Canada and Ireland, as well as select indoor cinemas around the world on May 22. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 29 and a list of participating venues can be found HERE. Encore Drive-In Nights CEO Walter Kinzie commented:
“Bon Jovi is a global icon and we’re so happy that the band will be launching our 2021 concert season! The pandemic has taught us that there are new avenues for live entertainment, and this model is one of the safest and most innovative options for world-class, fun events for the whole family. There are millions of fans who don’t usually attend live shows, whether it’s because they live far away from the big touring arenas or because of the cost. Artists can now connect with these fans in a completely new way.”
Jon Bon Jovi has released a new holiday EP titled “A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas.” The effort, which can be streamed below, features covers of Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again,” Elvis Presley’s “If I Get Home On Christmas Day,” and The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York.” Music videos for the tracks are also available to members of “The JBJ Experience.”
Foo Fighters and Jon Bon Jovi are among the artists set to perform at tonight’s (October 25) “I Will Vote” concert in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That event will be hosted by George Lopez and Ana Navarro and it will also feature: A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Aloe Blacc, Black Eyed Peas (with Jennifer Hudson), Cher, Ciara, Darren Criss, Andra Day, Macy Gray, John Legend, Dave Matthews, P!nk, and more. The show will start at 8:00 p.m. ET. and fans can gain access to it by donating at joebiden.com/concert.
During a recent interview with Daily Mail, Richie Sambora was asked about the possibility of him returning to Bon Jovi someday. The guitarist didn’t rule out the idea, but did say that “it would have to be a special situation.”
Sambora said the following:
“It would have to be a special situation for me to go back, but I’m certainly not counting it out. I have no malice toward that band.”
Jon Bon Jovi also addressed Sambora’s absent from the group during a separate interview with Rock Antenne:
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish that Richie had his life together and was still in the band. And yet, in a weird way, it’s because of his inability to get it together anymore that we went on and wrote ‘This House Is Not For Sale’.”
Sambora also discussed those comments in the Daily Mail interview:
“When people say I don’t have my life together — are you kidding me? I’m the happiest dude on the block.”
He also added the following about his exit from the band:
“Obviously it hurts and you know, breaking up is hard to do. I was in a situation and it was not easy to make that decision to leave the band and the fans. I was in a dire situation with my family and I had to make a tough decision and I did and I’m sure people weren’t happy about it.”