JBJ: ‘There’s a good portion of the planet that believes I’m from Philly’ – The Inquirer

On April 14, Jon Bon Jovi’s namesake band was awarded its overdue Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, with Howard Stern singing their praises during the ceremony. The glam-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since 1983, and unlike most Rock Hall inductees, they’re still selling: The band’s most recent album, 2016’s This House Is Not for Sale, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts on two separate occasions. When he’s not with the band, Bon Jovi dedicates his time to social concerns close to his heart — he works with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and  JBJ’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., to fight hunger and homelessness.


“What could be left to prove?” he asks nonchalantly.


Yet, when Bon Jovi phones from his car to discuss his band’s Thursday showcase at the Wells Fargo Center — a gig meant to celebrate WMMR’s 50th anniversary — he makes it crystal clear that neither he nor his band ever lost the hunger they started with.


“You never want to not be hungry,” he says.






7 thoughts on “JBJ: ‘There’s a good portion of the planet that believes I’m from Philly’ – The Inquirer

  1. I am a huge Bon Jovi fan and have been since I first heard the band. My “cool” aunt was the one who got me started. It was maybe 6 months before slippery came out and I listened to the first 2 albums over and over. What can I say I know good music when I hear it. Lol..anyway my daughter grew up listening to Bon Jovi and now my 1 and a half year old grandson comes over and immediately goes to the kitchen points to the cd player and says Bon Jovi Bon Jovi until I crank it up. We dance in the kitchen and then he has me bring out his drums and he goes nuts! Anyway I can’t think of a band who deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more..Congratulations!! Love you guys

  2. Have been a Bon Jovi fan since they first started out. Their music was a part of my life all these years. I’m usually singing along-off key of course, but you can’t not sing along tontheir songs! I’ve been lucky enough to have met Jon before-he’s not only a great musician and performer, but a wonderful humanitarian. My son and I watched them get inducted in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing-we we’re so proud and happy for them. Congrats Tico, David, Hugh, Alec, Richie, Phil X, John and Jon! We ❤️U!

  3. My childhood best friend and I always jammed on I’LL Be There For You and Never Say Good Bye I still love those two songs I am so excited they made the rock and roll hall of fame. Congrats rock and roll guys always.

  4. I have been a fan since “Runaway” was released. I’m 51 now and have seen the band 3 times: once in San Diego the day before Jon and Dorothea eloped (New Jersey tour) and twice in Portland, OR (Bounce and Have a Nice Day tours). The last time, I took my 2 daughters with me. My oldest daughter, Briana, and I have a deep connection to the band’s music. When I was pregnant with her, I had to undergo an amniocentesis the week before Christmas (1994) because the doctor was pretty sure she had Down’s Syndrome. I had to make it through to the week after New Year’s waiting on the test results. I started listening to “Keep the Faith” every day. I found out the test was negative, but kept listening to that song every day. She was born loving Bon Jovi from the jump. Their music has helped me through some very difficult times. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

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