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Bon Jovi: 'We're not supposed to be here' 8 November 2009
BBC News article

Source: BBC News

Backstage at New York's Madison Square Garden, Jon Bon Jovi gathers his bandmates together and makes a speech.

"Twenty-five years ago, almost to the week," he begins, referring to the group's first show at the venue, as a support act for ZZ Top.

"We are not supposed to still be here."

It's one of several moments of black humour in the band's new documentary, When We Were Beautiful.

Zip forward 13 months from that concert - the last date of the band's Lost Highway tour - and Jon Bon Jovi is in London to meet the press.

Where, then, does he think the band are supposed to be at this stage?

"I don't know!" he confesses. "I never envisioned what the road should look like 25 years later.

"My vision only took me as far as the year 2000, when we were going to be living in space, and I'd be 38 years old.

"I thought life was going to end in 1999. To think that 10 years later, I'd be sitting here with another album is truly astounding."

The telling part of this answer is not the superstar's gratitude for his success - it's that, back in 1983, when he was working part time in a women's shoe shop, Jon Bon Jovi had a career plan that took him right up to millennium eve.

And it worked: Bon Jovi sold more than 100 million albums during those first 16 years, the sort of figure that the music industry is unlikely ever to see again.


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