Detroit Free Press article
|5 reasons Bon Jovi still has what it takes
What is it about Jon Bon Jovi and band that has kept them going since the mid-'80s, particularly when most of the band's peers are playing clubs and the state fair circuit?
Here's a look at five reasons why Bon Jovi still rules:
5. THE GUYS ARE JUST LIKE YOU AND ME!
While the group's earliest records indulged in a bit of teenage-boy-baiting naughtiness, Bon Jovi soon settled into the place it holds today. There's a definite Everyman vibe to the band's songs, the most popular of which celebrate simple themes (being in and out of love, giving love a bad name, being thankful for being loved), delivered as arena-style anthems.
Its members are famous, particularly Jon Bon Jovi, but they're still from New Jersey, which gives the band an approachable vibe that translates across the Midwest.
4. JON BON JOVI WAS BLESSED WITH ONE HECK OF A SET OF GENES
As down-to-earth as he may seem, Jon Bon Jovi also happens to be one of his generation's most enduring sex symbols. The smoldering eyes, the devilish grin and a head of hair that has defied all signs of aging. He has even carved out a side career as an actor ("Moonlight and Valentino," "U-571" and "Ally McBeal").
It helps, too, that the entire band has held up in the looks department. They were the rare hairspray metal group that never forgot to bring conditioner on the road.
3. THE BAND'S PUBLIC HISTORY IS FREE FROM "BEHIND THE MUSIC"-STYLE DISASTERS
Over the past two decades, Bon Jovi has had exactly one lineup change, when bassist Alec John Such quietly left the group in 1994.
Beyond that, the band's career has been largely short on drama. That means no rotating lead singers (a la Van Halen), near-death overdoses (Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx), alcoholic guitarists (Def Leppard), one-armed drummers (Def Leppard again) or years-in-the-making unreleased masterpieces (Guns N' Roses).
They've even managed to keep their private lives private. In a recent interview, Jon Bon Jovi said: "I've been in this industry for 22 years, and no one has any idea what my four kids look like."
Read the rest of the article by following the link below...
Related URL: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051118/ENT04/511180305/1035/ENT