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|Bon Jovi:Blame it on the love of live rock ’n’ roll
Jon Bon Jovi is like any typical dad with four kids younger than 12.
Except that when he leaves home in northern New Jersey to go to work in New York City, he takes a helicopter.
But that has more to do with the singer’s busy schedule than it does with him living a decadent lifestyle.
“I live in Jersey. There’s no Joneses to keep up with,” Bon Jovi said while driving his BMW to fetch his son recently. “I’m not out mowing the lawn, but I am picking up my kid and then hopping in the chopper and flying up to New York. My time is so busy, that’s the only way.”
Bon Jovi, this N.J. dad’s group, has been one of the top-selling rock acts for nearly two decades, following the skyrocketing release of its breakthrough 1986 album “Slippery When Wet,” which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. They have played on almost every continent and have toured relentlessly. But it was all in the name of getting their music out to the masses, according to the act’s namesake, who will stop by Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at 5 p.m. Thursday to play one of their trademark live shows.
“We earned our living playing live, and we weren’t afraid to go places like Africa, Asia and South America. The old adage was, ‘If you don’t have electricity, we’ll bring our own,’ ” he said. “That’s how we built our reputation and sold 100 million albums.”
On top of that, their song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” from Bon Jovi’s 2005 release “Have a Nice Day,” landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in April. Country? It was a first for any rock band. Ever.
“It’s pretty neat and groundbreaking,” Bon Jovi said with a nod of modesty. “I appreciate that because ultimately it’s a testament to a good song that defies formats.”
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