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A night with Jon and the boys from Bon Jovi 14 July 2006
Asbury Park Press article

Source: Asbury Park Press

Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 07/13/06

Bon Jovi has been there for many firsts in my life.
My most memorable Christmas present was a cassette of Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet." I was 8 years old.

It was the first piece of music I ever owned.

I'm not sure I knew much of the music on that little tape, but somehow, even my young heart knew that this was a momentous occasion. There was power to behold in my hand by the tree that long-ago Christmas.

That moment, a Bon Jovi fan was born.

All right, all right. That's hokey, I know. What can I say even then, in my provincial hometown deep in the heart of western Pennsylvania, I knew I belonged in Jersey.

Not to mention I'd developed my first crush . . . on the coolly coiffed Jon Bon Jovi. That crush exists to this day.

Fast-forward a few years, when Vanilla Ice and C+C Music Factory were briefly cool, and Bon Jovi was not. Sad to say, "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey" were hidden in a closet. I succumbed to MC Hammer and let the Jersey boys slip away.

A few years later, "Keep the Faith" and a rejuvenated Bon Jovi let my inner groupie tentatively resurface at last.

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