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Return of the poodle rockers! 8 June 2008
Irish Independent article

Source: Irish Independent

They've been derided as poodle-haired rockers and a poor man's Bruce Springsteen, but after 25 years Bon Jovi -- who play Punchestown Racecourse in Co Kildare tomorrow -- remain one of the most popular rock bands on the planet.

Once your typical fast-living rockers, the New Jersey four-piece have quietened down of late: now they drink only tea and minerals before gigs, travel with a chiropractor and always have a ready supply of cough drops to hand.

Drummer Tico Torres, who was once married to Wonderbra model Eva Herzigova, revealed: "We used to do 250 shows a year and it nearly destroyed us. So we've now cut back to 100, which is much better. We don't have to be away from our families for so long anymore. But it's still a great honour to be out there playing. It's us being in a gang again.

"In Europe, the crowds entertain us as much as we entertain them. But life on tour can still be hard. I had three hernia discs a few months back. But I wore braces and went onstage and smiled. You have to. And you eventually get lost in the music."

Torres now has a four-year-old son and is in a new relationship. He and Eva divorced in 1999. Another happily settled member of the band is lead singer Jon Bon Jovi. He and his wife Dorothea have four children -- Romeo, Stephanie Rose, Jesse James and Jacob Hurley.

Bon Jovi is a long-time supporter of Hillary Clinton. He reportedly calls her "Mrs C" and she called on him to add a little celebrity gloss to her failed presidential campaign.


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