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Anaheim Pre-Show Article 19 April 2001
"It's his life"

Source: LA Life

"I did it my way!" The late Frank Sinatra was proud to profess that sentiment in a song, and so is Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer and founder of the rock group that bears his name.

Musically, Bon Jovi's self-penned hit single "It's My Life" may bear no resemblance to Sinatra's "My Way," which Old Blue Eyes recorded in 1968. However, Bon Jovi says lyrically, he and Sinatra are really speaking the same language.

"Some people think it took a lot of nerve to record 'It's My Life,' " says Bon Jovi, who appears Friday at the Pond in Anaheim. "But I said, 'If this song isn't on this record, my next record is going to be a solo album.'

"It's a very indulgent song, but when the L.A. Lakers make it their theme song, you have to go, 'Why?' Don't tell me I have to choose between music and the movies. Like Frank Sinatra, I'm going to do it my way!"

Riding on the wave of rebellion has translated into long-standing success for Bon Jovi, who finds time between gigs to pursue an acting career. His spunky attitude took him from dreaming of becoming a rock star when he was a teen to the reality of a thriving career as one of America's most popular entertainers.

"I realized what music did for me as a kid," says Bon Jovi. "I wanted to live the dream the songs I listened to were talking about."

Since the early 1980s, Bon Jovi and his big-haired, glammed-up band mates -- guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist Dave Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Hugh McDonald -- have probably sold more record albums and CDs than Clairol has cans of hair spray.

That's saying a lot considering how much Aqua Net the guys probably went through for the sake of looking cool. But the band's sexy image was a hit with the ladies. And combined with its heart-pounding and hair-raising music, the group Bon Jovi never seemed to miss a beat.

The boys from New Jersey broke into the biz in 1983 with their No. 1 single "Runaway." A few years later, they rose to worldwide fame with the release of two CDs, "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey."

Just when the guys were at their peak, they decided to take a breather to pursue individual projects.


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