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|Is King Jon tired of his rock'n'roll crown?
Eyes screwed up as if squinting into the sun, chin jutting forward a little too firmly, speech patterns terse and defensive, Jon Bon Jovi has the air of a man who has been roughed up too many times by the British press. The 38-year-old rock star from New Jersey is sitting in a hotel room in Helsinki. Next to him, guitarist Richie Sambora, 41, affects a more genial demeanour. But neither of them seems particularly relaxed or cheerful. It is lunchtime on the day of the second show of the European leg of Bon Jovi's world tour to promote the group's current album, Crush.
Later Bon Jovi and Sambora, together with keyboard player David Bryan, 38, drummer Tico Torres, 44, and semi-detached bassist Hugh McDonald (replacing the departed founder member Alec Jon Such), will rock the Finnish capital's Hartwall Arena to its foundations (capacity 13,000 - "just a little warm-up gig", according to their road manager) in a consummate display of upbeat, rock'n'roll showmanship. But right now Jon is struggling to summon the energy even to pretend that he is interested in embarking on yet another interview about the highs and lows of life on the road with Bon Jovi.
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