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Cleveland Pre-Show Article 6 May 2001
Bon Jovi gears up to give Cleveland One Wild Night'


When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum asked for a few mementos to put on display, Jon Bon Jovi delegated some serious spring cleaning.

His wife, Dorothea, got stuck doing most of the work. Bon Jovi, who is on the road with the hard-rocking group that bears his name, told the missus what to look for and where to find it back home in Rumson, N.J.

Among the relics that he plans to loan to the rock hall are the leather trench coat immortalized on the cover of his band's 1988 album "New Jersey."

"I had it in the attic in mothballs," he said by phone earlier this week from a tour stop in Denver.

We're not just talking about some flashy fashion statement here. For Bon Jovi, the coat in question bordered on a cry for help at the height of his big-haired fame.

"In retrospect, when you're wearing a long leather coat, psychologically what you're doing is covering up your whole being," he said.

On a less Freudian note, the 39-year-old singer who was named "Sexiest Rock Star" last year by People magazine added: "Blah, blah, blah . . . Anyhow, it's a very cool coat and I'm glad I didn't lose it."

Bon Jovi headlines Gund Arena tomorrow night. He and his bandmates will be at the rock hall tomorrow afternoon for a free ceremony in the main lobby, where they'll personally deliver some memorabilia. Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist Dave Bryan and drummer Tico Torres may do a brief acoustic performance at the museum, too.

"We have some cool stuff," Bon Jovi said. "I'm trying to find the original lyrics to some of our songs, like Wanted Dead or Alive' and Livin' on a Prayer.' I think we're giving them the guitar that I wrote Blaze of Glory' on . . . and Richie's double-neck (guitar) and his cowboy hat from the Wanted' video."

Bon Jovi won't be eligible for induction into the rock hall himself until 2009, 25 years after the release of his band's self-titled first album. He'd like to see some other groups get in before then - AC/DC and Kiss, for starters.

"They're overlooking some great people over there," said Bon Jovi, who breezed through the museum six years ago when he was in town to perform at the Concert for the Hall of Fame at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

His band's latest road trip paves the way for the arrival of the career-spanning live album "One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001," due in stores on May 22.


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