The new Bon Jovi record is tentatively scheduled for release next fall.
|Bon Jovi Puts 'Ally McBeal' On Hold To Play Benefits
As a red-blooded Jersey boy, Jon Bon Jovi was especially hard-hit by the terrorist attacks that took place in nearby New York City on September 11 — so much so that he delayed plans to start shooting his five-month stint on "Ally McBeal" to play some benefit shows back home.
"I want to lend my name and support to as many of these [benefits] as I can, so I told them, 'Either delay it a month, or I have to withdraw,' " Bon Jovi said Friday night after an appearance at the Twin Towers Relief Benefit at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. "['Ally McBeal' creator] David E. Kelley was really wonderful, because he completely understood and supported my decision wholeheartedly."
Onstage at the Stone Pony, Bon Jovi played a solo acoustic version of Bob Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom," a song he played during 15 stops on Al Gore's campaign trail. Then band keyboardist David Bryan joined him for the Bon Jovi songs "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Just Older."
The next stop on the Bon Jovi benefit rounds is the October 20 extravaganza at New York's Madison Square Garden, which will also feature Paul McCartney, the Who, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, the Goo Goo Dolls, James Taylor, India.Arie and Melissa Etheridge. All money from that event will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will distribute the money to the Twin Towers Fund and other agencies aiding victims and their families.
Not only is Bon Jovi performing music to help heal the wounds of others; he's also playing it to come to grips with his own confusion.
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