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Good to be Bon Jovi 17 July 2010
Calgary Herald article

Source: Calgary Herald

Jon Bon Jovi sounds a bit bleary-eyed as he sits in a stranger's home, fielding phone calls about his band's upcoming tour cross North America.

He's just come from a series of meetings with politicians and the opening ceremonies of the AT&T National, a golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods. In a few hours, the New Jersey rocker will perform an acoustic set in the stranger's home, somewhere near Philadelphia, Pa. It's all part of a joint fund-raiser for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which helps homeless people in Philadelphia, and the Tiger Woods Foundation.

"If I told you I didn't know (where I was), I wouldn't be lying," sighs Jon Bon Jovi.

"It's exciting and crazy and sad, all at the same time. I'm actually hanging in there."

He's also discombobulated by jet lag. The night before, he flew in from London, England, ecstatic and exhausted after Bon Jovi's 12-gig sold-out run at O2 Arena. Over the course of three weeks, the rockers went through more than 60 songs from their catalogue -- from 1984's Bon Jovi to 2009's The Circle -- and a few covers, including Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman.

"It was great," says Jon Bon Jovi.

"The idea of setting up a residency like that not only allowed us to have our friends and family come and visit and make it a month-long vacation in London, but it challenged the band and the crew and everyone involved in the show to perform 72 different songs.

"That, in and of itself, is the most we've ever done in any one location. It was exciting, it was exhilarating, you never got bored or stale or tired. It was cool. I really enjoyed it. And I left there drained."


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