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1998 Bon Jovi News

January 1st, 1999
DCBJML/Kerrang January 2 1999

With both Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora having spent 1998 promoting solo projects, Bon Jovi took a back seat. But the band will be getting back together early this year to begin writing a new studio album. Recording starts in the early summer, but no release is expected before 2000.

December 13th, 1998
Source:World Entertainment News Network/


(DEC. 13) WENN - FIRST - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NEWS - Rocker JON BON JOVI joined a host of stars to help kids realise reading is fun.

The BON JOVI frontman read a passage from DR SEUSS's THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS at the ROYAL THEATRE in Red Bank, New Jersey, as part of a new initiative to reach out to local children.

Other stars taking part in the event on Saturday (12DEC98) included actor CHAZZ PALMINTERI, poet DANIEL WOLFE and film director JOHN SAYLES.

December 13th, 1998

Jon on TNT TV listing

"Jersey lad Jon Bon Jovi appears in 'A Very Special Christmas in Washington, D.C., with Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Whoopi Goldberg and others Sunday on TNT." So it says in the "Future Scan: Coming Next Week" column of this week's Star Ledger--illustrated by a small photo of Jon!

December 10th, 1998

Blige, Bon Jovi To Honor Special Olympians

Mary J. Blige, Tracy Chapman, Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow are among the artists who will perform at a concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Whoopi Goldberg will host the 90-minute "A Very Special Christmas From Washington, D.C.; the event, which will be taped live Dec. 17 as part of a dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton, will premiere Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on cable channel TNT.

The concert special is the first-ever live event and telecast of performances by artists who have donated their efforts to raise money for the Special Olympics. Proceeds from the sales of five "A Very Special Christmas" holiday music albums have raised more than $45 million for Special Olympics programs around the world.

December 9th, 1998

Richie is doing a commercial for CNN. Basically, it's a spot where he says, "Hi, this is Richie Sambora, and you're watching CNN!" Catch it if you can!

December 9th, 1998 / USA Today

HOT TICKETS: All Hollywood is primping for Wednesday's Fire & Ice Ball at Universal Studios, led by Lilly Tartikoff and Revlon's Ron Perelman, for cancer research. JFK Jr. bought a table, which will fuel more talk that his George mag will toss an Oscar party (his office says not). Donatella Versace will present a spring show; guests expected include Cameron Diaz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Jon Bon Jovi, and Charlize Theron with Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins.

December 5th, 1998

TNT's running a commercial for the Very Special Christmas at the White House special, which includes a very quick clip of Jon from the Midnight in Chelsea video. Catch it if you can!

December 5th, 1998

Source: World Entertainment News Network


(DEC. 3) WENN - FIRST - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NEWS - EXCLUSIVE THE gig of the new millennium - a global concert on New Years Eve 1999 to rival LIVE AID.

U2, DAVE STEWART, STING, BON JOVI, SINEAD O'CONNOR, DIANA ROSS, CELINE DION, PETER GABRIEL and ALANIS MORISSETTE are among the 50 performers already keen to take part in the 24-hour event - live on the internet.

And 80 national and international TV broadcasters have already pledged to broadcast parts of the show live themselves.

The event has quietly been put together during the past year by American Live Aid producer HAL UPLINGER and London based Japanese entrepreneur HIROSHI KATO.

WARCHILD, the British charity which aids children around the world, maimed and orphaned by the ravages of war, are one of the most important sponsors. And THE POPE and NELSON MANDELA are among a specially selected group of world leaders invited to relay special messages on the day.

Kato said last night (03DEC98) in an exclusive interview with WENN, "The concert will take us out of the 20th and into the 21st century. It will have QUINCY JONES producing and performing from the Antarctic, Dave Stewart producing a global choir of 200 children, live on millions of PC's all over the world."

November 7th, 1998

Source: BSWJBJ Message Board
It is being rumored that Jon's next solo album - "Introspection" will be released in February 1999 - please note this hasn't been is not confirmed so far.

November 2nd, 1998

Source: DCBJML
At Sunfest in Florida, Jon said the band are going back into into studio in April, and by October they should begin the WORLD TOUR. Jon even claimed they will play any place where there's electricity. So it looks like 1999 will be a Bon Jovi year :)

Jon's next solo album, supposedly titled "Sex Sells", will also be released soon.

September 18th, 1998

In latest fanclub newsletter, Jon Bon Jovi explains his future plans and reveals a working title for his next solo album. Leam more here.

September 10th, 1998
RealAudio and Netshow
Debuting Sept. 1, 1998

Former Eurythmic Dave Stewart is not only launching a new album this month, but an Internet-only "TV" show as well called "Sly-Fi TV." This monthly series debuts on Aug 24 and features rare and exclusive footage of a rotating cast of Dave's friends. The first episode features:

Jon Bon Jovi
Natalie Imbruglia
Bob Dylan
Isabella Rosalini
Kevin Spacey
Sinead O Connor
Lou Reed
Annie Lennox
Bootsy Collins
Aretha Franlin

A FREE video copy of "Sly-Fi TV" will be given to the first 1000 people to order "Sly-Fi", Dave's new album, online. The video is not available in stores.

While you're at, don't miss your chance to enter a contest to win a trip to London to star in the Halloween episode of "Sly-Fi TV" and meet Dave Stewart. Includes airfare, hotel, and $500 spending cash.

July 24th, 1998

Jon joined Richie on stage at Richie's gig in London, England. They performed "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Never Say Goodbye" - indicating that Bon Jovi the band will eventually return to the scene.

July 23rd, 1998
In a letter to his fans, Jon revealed he's planning to release his 3rd solo album in 1999 and that no Bon Jovi album will be recorded this year. Feel free to read the whole letter.

June 28th, 1998
New song by Jon Bon Jovi, titled "Mister Bigtime" will be released on Sony Music Soundtrack for the "Armageddon" movie.

June 18th, 1998
Source: DCBJML/Reuters
"In It For Love" will be released as a single in Australia on June 29, 1998. The tracklisting is:

- 'In it for love (Japan edit)'
- 'Made in America (German acoustic)'
- 'In it for love (German acoustic)'
- 'I'll be there for you (live 91)'

This will not be released as a single in the U.S.

June 17th, 1998
Source: DCBJML/Reuters
Model, Drummer Call it Quits. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) -
Supermodel Eva Herzigova and rock drummer Tico Torres are calling quits, their publicist said today. Professional commitments have kept the couple apart for too much of their nearly two years of marriage, a statement said. ``While remaining close friends with mutual love and respect for one another, Torres and Herzigova have both agreed to the split due to the ever-growing pressures in their individual careers,' it said. Torres is the drummer for Jon Bon Jovi's group.

May 30th, 1998
BON JOVI may be performing on the soundtrack for the sure-to-be-summer hit Armegeddon. The soundtrack is to be out in late June, and the movie opens JULY 1. A spokesperson has confirmed that Jon Bon Jovi has been approached as a contibutor to Armegeddon, but it wasnt known at press time if the track would be performed by Bon Jovi himself or Bon Jovi the group. If the group decides to do this track, it would mark their long-awaited return following two years of solo projects.

May 29th, 1998
TUESDAY, JUNE 9- MODENA, Italy- Luciano Pavarotti will host the third Pavarotti & Friends charity concert to raise money for Liberian children. Additional performers include JON BON JOVI, NATALIE COLE, CELINE DION, EROS RAMAZOTTI, VANESSA WILLIAMS and TRISHA YEARWOOD

Jon has written a brand NEW SONG especially for the Pavarotti & Friends concert and will perform it with Pavarotti. The new song is called LET IT RAIN you can find info on this and other things concerning the benefit concert at:

Jon has also been performing some new songs on his European tour so far they are: OLDER LIFES TOO SHORT FOR DAYS LIKE THESE and HUSH there should be two more sometime this summer. More details will follow.

May 29th, 1998
POLYGRAM DEAL TO GIVE ROCK STARS A NEW HOME- The worlds largest record company has been made after beverage and entertainment giant Seagram agreed to buy music and film group PolyGram. Seagrams universal entertainment arm, which owns the MCA and Geffen record labels also have artists such as Aerosmith and The Wallflowers.

May 29th, 1998

It appears that Jon Bon Jovi has become the latest star to sign a deal with drinks giant Pepsi....more details coming soon...

Jon Bon Jovi is also set to star in a movie called Love Hurts, a Disney production. Jon will also write, and perform the soundtrack, this album is expected to sound more like a Bon Jovi album then Destination Anywhere.

May 28th, 1998
Source: Eduardo Delgado, Spain
Richie will definitively play in the north of Spain, at the third edition of the Doctor Music Festival in Andorra. Ive been speaking with the personal of PolyGram Iberica Spain and they have told me that they are desesperately looking for two dates more here in Spain. The problem is that they dont want to take Richie to a 5000 persons club. they are looking for something like no more than 1500 persons. More news to come next week.

May 25th, 1998
Richie Sambora appeared today (Sunday, May 24, 1998) at the B104 Listener Appreciation Concert at Union Park Terrace as part of the annual Mayfair in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

There were two opening acts -- Jennifer Dragon and her less-than-wisely-chosen cover of Aerosmith's "Pink" and the Rembrandts and the "Friends" song -- but while Richie's set was short, he was in great voice. He took the stage a little after 2:00 p.m., and did a mix of US and Jovi songs, all acoustic:

- Made in America
- Falling From Graceland
- Prayer '94
- Midnight Rider/Wanted
- In It For Love
- Hard Times Come Easy

He was joking and laughing in between songs. Richie wore faded black jeans, black boots, a dark blue t-shirt with a design and was clean shaven. The lawn area where the concert was held was scattered with fans of the four different bands, and many of the Jovi fans from the mailing lists and from several different states -- Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, as well as western Pennsylvania and local fans -- were up front cheering for Richie.

Richie was headed for the K104 festival at Thunder Ridge Ski Mountain in Patterson, NY for another appearance there after 4:00 p.m. At this time, these were his only two scheduled American shows.

April 5th, 1998
Source: Eduardo Delgado
Richie will come back to Spain on April 14th. He will come to Madrid again to do some TV programs, and on Aptil15th, he will go to Bilbao (north of Spain) to play an special free acoustic concert for the press and some fans.

April 5th, 1998
Source: DCBJML
There is going to be a Richie chat on Tuesday April 7 at 7pm PST/10pm EST. You will need to register beforehand (it's free) at Once you're on the homepage scroll down to New User Creation. It will also explain what plug-in may be needed to access chat.

April 5th, 1998
Source: Rie Asakawa
Richie's Japan tour dates:


4/18 : ON SALE !!

March 29th, 1998
Source: Viva 2 TV
Richie Sambora will appear at "A Matter of Taste" show on VIVA 2 German music TV station on 25.4.1998. It's a show where musicians select & play their favourite music videos.

March 5th, 1998
Jon Bon Jovi won the Echo Award (German music award) for MOST SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL MALE ARTIST.

March 4th, 1998
Source: DCBJML,, BJ Hotline;

Here are the dates-

April 28 Bremen. Germany
April 29 Erfurt, Germany
April 30 Nurnburg, Germany
May 1 Jon is in Rome, performing live on Italian TV
May 2 Ischgl, Austria (this is an outdoor concert on the slopes in a ski village)
May 4 Vienna, Austria
May 5 Mannheim, Germany
May 6 Lausanne, Switzerland

Tickets for most shows are on sale, now and we know that many of you already have them. All the concerts are General Admission, so there are no special fan club tickets but there will be a special fan club area at each show. So when you arrive at the venue, you must present your ticket along with your current Backstage membership card and you will be admitted into a prime section on the concert floor for fan club members only. From there you'll have a great view of the show and JON.

This week, Jon is off to, Hamburg, Germany where he will be attending the ECHO AWARDS on March 5, He'll perform his latest single, "'Ugly". The ECHOS are Germany's music industry honors. Jon has been nominated for an ECH0 AWARD for MOST SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL MALE ARTIST. The other nominees are Joe Cocker, Puff Daddy, Michael Jackson and Eros Ramazzotti, Wish him luck.

THE LEADING MAN is finally making it to US theaters, Here's the release schedule:

March 6 Los Angeles
March 13 NY, Seattle & Chicago
March 27 Boston
April 24 Sacramento
May 1 Nashville
May 15 lndianapolis

MARCH 27! Mark it on your calendars. NO LOOKING BACK is being released to movie theaters on that date. It'll be a limited release before it goes wide. Start looking for the movie trailer (it's already been featured on E! Television's Coming Attractions).

On April 3, Jon will perform in Stuttgart, Germany on the television show STARZ 98. The following night, he'll be doing an appearance on ZURIC TV.

The April issue of US Magazine features a great interview with Jon, The photos in the feature are beautiful - very artistic. Also look for Jon on the cover of April's issue of BUZZ Magazine (more pictures and a big article inside). In the week preceding the release of NO LOOKING BACK, look for a profile on Jon in the Arts-& Leisure Section of THE NEW YORK TIMES. Finally, VANITY FAIR's special April "Hollywood" Issue features a Herb Ritts portrait of Jon, who was named "Breakout Actor of 1998."

March 3rd, 1998
Official Richie Sambora web site is available at

February 28th, 1998
Source: DCBJML
Richie will be on Z100 New York live on Monday morning, March 2, during the drive-time show (between 6-10 a.m.)

February 27th, 1998
Source: SAT 1 Text
Jon Bon Jovi surprisingly announces German tour in April/May 1998. He will also play in Austria. Here are the dates:

Date City Venue

28.4.98 Bremen, DE Stadthalle
29.4.98 Erfurt , DE Messehalle
30.4.98 Nuernberg, DE Frankenhalle
2.5.98 Ischgl, AT -----------------
4.5.98 Vienna, AT -----------------
5.5.98 Mannheim , DE Eisstadion
5.5.98 Zurich, CH -----------------
February 24th, 1998
Source: Thomas Bhm, Tiroler Tageszeitung editor
Jon Bon Jovi will play at a concert on May 2nd 1998 in Ischgl in Tirol, Austria (tourist/skiing resort in the Tirolean Alps). He will play outdoors at about 2300 m at the so called "Idalpe", where Tina Turner, Elton John and others played some years ago. Jon most probably won't play together with his band Bon Jovi.

Also, Jon Bon Jovi will play on May 4th in Vienna. He is also supposed to tour Rome, Italy, and Lausanne, Switzerland.

February 23rd, 1998
Source: DCBJML
Richie Sambora's "Hard Times Come Easy" single has finally been released on Feb 23 in the UK.

There are two different CD and one casette version of the single.

568 699-2
1. Hard Times Come Easy
2. Midnight Rider/Wanted Dead Or Alive (live)
3. We All Sleep Alone (live)
4. Bad Medicine (live)

568 697-2
1. Hard Times Come Easy
2. A Little Help From My Friends (live)
3. Stranger In This Town (live)
4. I'll Be There For You (live)

568 502-4
1. Hard Times Come Easy
2. Midnight Rider/Wanted Dead Or Alive (live)

All live tracks were recorded at Spreckles Theatre, San Diego.

February 19th, 1998
Source: DCBJML
Jon will perform at the Echo-award in Hamburg/Germany on March 5. He is also nominated for an award as best international male artist.

February 18th, 1998
Source: Rie Asakawa
Richie's Japan Tour dates:

February 16th, 1998
Source: Dan Barrett
Bon Jovi's keyboardist, David Bryan, has just released a new video tape called "Live Your Dream." In the video, David hangs out with fans and discusses life in Bon Jovi, teaches how to play some BJ hits on keyboard, and shows video footage of the band in concert.

David has a new web site devoted to his video. It has unreleased photos, a sound sample from the video, stories about life on the road, and other stuff. The URL is:

February 11th, 1998
Source: Eduardo Delgado
Richie will come to Spain February 23rd (Barcelona) and 24th Madrid), to promote his latest solo album "Undiscovered Soul". In Barcelona, he will play some acustic songs at "Tarda Tarda" on the radio, and he will also play "Hard Times Come Easy" at the famous TV show "Cronicas Marcianas". I still dont know his plans for Madrid, maybe some radios and TV programs like "Msica S". As I did with Jon when he promoted his solo album, this time I will have an interview with Mr. Sambora. No more than 20 minutes, Im afraid.

February 10th, 1998
Source: Brit Awards Web Site
Jon Bon Jovi won "Best International Male Solo Artist" Awards at Brit Awards '98. Other winners include The Verve, Prodigy, Bjork, U2, Spice Girls and other groups and artists. More at

January 30th, 1998
Source: Marnix Meulman, BJ fan from the Netherlands
"I was at Amsterdam Airport on Tuesday night and met Richie there. On Monday & Tuesday he was in Germany, Wednesday in The Netherlands and on Thursday he's in Paris, France....All this for promotion of Undiscovered Soul...Spoke with his tourmanager and Richie will tour in May, June and July..Richie will return to Europe on Feb. 17th till 24th for interviews etc....."

January 4st, 1998
Source: Viva 2 TV
Jon appeared at today's "A Matter of Taste" show on VIVA 2 German music TV station. It's a show where musicians select & play their favourite music videos. Jon selected the following:

Queen: I Want It All
Willy de Ville: Still
The Verve Pipe: The Freshmen
U2 & BB King: When Love Comes To Town
Elton John: Believe
Jon Bon Jovi: Midnight In Chelsea
Texas: Halo
Manic Street Preachers: Design For Life
Dave Stewart: Heart of Stone
Nils Lofgren & Bruce Springsteen: Valentine
Del Amotri: Always The Last To Know

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