An interview with Jon (NY Post)
IN rock 'n' roll, few men have managed to juggle their private and public lives the way Jon Bon Jovi has.The world knows him for the 93 million albums he's sold worldwide, his continual role in the final season of "Ally McBeal" and various parts in movies like "U-571" and "Pay It Forward."
But The Post didn't interview Jon Bon Jovi the megastar; we gabbed with the family man.
The 40-year-old dad lives in Red Bank, N.J., with his wife, Dorothea, and three children - 9-year-old Stephanie Rose, 7-year-old Jesse James Louis and the newest Bon Jovi, 4-month-old Jacob Hurley.
Bon Jovi's career and family life collided in May, when Dorothea went into labor with Jacob and her husband was playing a gig in New Orleans. The guy was so bombarded by calls to his hotel room he took the phone off the hook.
When Dorothea couldn't reach him, she call the band's manager to wake Jon up. Without packing bags, he went to the airport, booked a private jet and flew back to Jersey to be at his wife's side. He beat Jacob to the finish line by two hours.
Last month, the band entered into the highest stratosphere of rock when they played a free Times Square concert that drew half a million fans.
On Tuesday, Bon Jovi releases "Bounce," an album that deals with everyday life, rock stardom and pays homage to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11.
In this revealing conversation, Bon Jovi said he "wears his heart on his sleeve," and he proved it by showing a little of his private side.
Post: Why don't you ever speak about your home life?
Bon Jovi: I never talk about it because nobody ever asks. Shoot.
Post: Your marriage to Dorothea is one of the most successful in rock 'n' roll. What's the secret?
Bon Jovi: It's hard work, but my wife makes it easier.
Bon Jovi: She's a karate instructor and incredibly independent. She's never hindered my working.
Post When did you meet?
Bon Jovi: We've been together since high school. She been there with me for the ups and the downs - she was there with me before there was an up.
Post: What else?
Bon Jovi: She's the mother of my kids and truly my best friend. A good marriage has to be worked at.
Post: And you still have time to make movies, work TV shows and make music?
Bon Jovi: Thanks to her. Dorothea takes care of things at home. When I'm not there, I know everything is getting done.
Post: Do you find her influence in your music?
Bon Jovi: Sure, she's the muse for all the syrupy ballads I write. It's obvious. I try to relate it with out being too saccharine. Yeah, it definitely comes out in the songs.
Post: What does she think about those songs?
Bon Jovi: She's wasn't always the biggest fan of my music.
Post: Before you were married, what did she listen to?
Bon Jovi: Elvis Costello, the Clash, Bowie.
Post: What does she think of Bon Jovi now?
Bon Jovi: She's learned to like it.
Post: On your new album "Bounce," a tune called "Misunderstood" could be interpreted as an I'm-sorry note to your wife.
Bon Jovi: Bang. That's one of those tongue-in-cheek songs where you make fun of yourself.
Post: Jokes are funny because of the truth in them. What's the truth behind the song?
Bon Jovi: I had just come home from a long stint out in California doing "Ally [McBeal]." I got home late on a Thursday, I had a Friday meeting and was going to start work on the record on Monday. The band was all heading in over the weekend.
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