Bon Jovi needs to take a good long break after the Because We Can tour

Apr 18, 2013 Full story: Examiner.com 25

If you're reading this you're likely not a casual Bon Jovi fan, and by now you already know that something is amiss in the House of Jovi.

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reeder

Cedar Rapids, IA

#1 Apr 18, 2013
I'm wondering if there isn't some truth to this article???
Soupy

Aurora, CO

#2 Apr 18, 2013
Try tellin the bafoons on these Bon Jovi threads that JON is the guy who pays the percentages and Richie got fed up....maybe now with this article they can see that it is a JB thing and HE puts down the contracts. Jon gets double+ compared to what Sambora gets, and NO WAY would Jon allow Sambora solo stuff get in a Bon Jovi set list that has to clipped of a Bon Jovi tune people want to hear to dish out even one new solo track.
Moonlight

Vienna, Austria

#3 Apr 19, 2013
just sayin...but on the deluxe version of WAN there is one song of richie's new album included....
kris

Centereach, NY

#4 Apr 19, 2013
reeder wrote:
I'm wondering if there isn't some truth to this article???
This reads like an opinion piece but there is something to it. when you see in writing "3 tours in 5 years" you realize just how much time they have spent touring/writing/etc. to the point where its overkill. JMO
reeder

Cedar Rapids, IA

#5 Apr 19, 2013
kris wrote:
<quoted text>This reads like an opinion piece but there is something to it. when you see in writing "3 tours in 5 years" you realize just how much time they have spent touring/writing/etc. to the point where its overkill. JMO
And Jon has always been the "boss" and the other guys know that. It has made them all very wealthy and allowed them to do other projects. Some of the article makes sense but not all of it. Makes me sad that after all the success this band has had that problems would arise now. And the fact that a lot of people here are saying the shows are great but definitely missing something without Richie's presence.
jovisgotme1

Durham, NC

#6 Apr 19, 2013
But like it or not, Bon Jovi is Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

It's a cavalier attitude to assume that a Sambora can be replaced like a part on a car. Inserting Hugh McDonald to take over for Alec John Such is a less visible shakeup; but Sambora is the Yang to Jonís Ying, darkness to his light, and alter to Bon Joviís ego.

Like the artile says...and I totally agree. No matter what's going on - Richie's presence is missed - even by te band.

Since: May 11

Harbin, China

#7 Apr 19, 2013
now that I have finished ROTFLMAO I can type and say I totally agree with Glen

Since: Jan 09

New Jersey

#8 Apr 19, 2013
For those who don't want to give the Wiz his penny

If youíre reading this youíre likely not a casual Bon Jovi fan, and by now you already know that something is amiss in the House of Jovi.

Thereís an old expression ďall work and no play makes Jack a dull boyĒ. In the case of New Jerseyís Bon Jovi, too much play is too much work, and judging by the recent falling out between Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, cracks have formed in rock's most visible snow globe.

Put more bluntly, whatever the reason for Richie Samboraís taking a breather within the first 90 days of yet another world tour---their third in five years---itís painfully clear that all is not well in the band, no matter whose fault it is.

Nobody within the Ďorganizationí is offering any detail, which isnít surprising because the Bon Jovi machine is better at keeping what they donít want in the news out than most political operatives.

Richie Sambora performs "Seven Years Gone" on the Craig Ferguson Show
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Richie Sambora performs "Seven Years Gone" on the Craig Ferguson Show.

Code of silence or not, they're tighter than a ratís behind on a cold snowy day. Anyone getting Alec John Such dejaí vu?

For his part, Richie Sambora has only offered up the intentionally vague descriptor,ďpersonal reasonsĒ. Itís not at all hard to imagine that it was suggested to him if he wants to get paid---since Jon is the only one under contract to the record company and he pays them from his end---heíll be a good little soldier and zip his lips.

In a society driven by a 24-hour news cycle, suffice it to say if it were a Sambora relapse we would have known by now; and if it were a health issue within his family, ditto.

While Jon Bon Joviís ďthe show must go onĒ bravado is admirable, itís also like---no offense to the enormously gifted pinch-picker Phil X of The Drills--- putting lipstick on a pig.

With millions of dollars at stake in pulling the plug on a global tour, not to mention the losses Bon Joviís organization would take along with that of promoter AEG Live, the Jersey Juggernaut really has no other choice but to soldier on.

But like it or not, Bon Jovi is Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

It's a cavalier attitude to assume that a Sambora can be replaced like a part on a car. Inserting Hugh McDonald to take over for Alec John Such is a less visible shakeup; but Sambora is the Yang to Jonís Ying, darkness to his light, and alter to Bon Joviís ego.

No, assigning blame isnít whatís on the menu here.

What is hopefully on the horizon for this band is a recording and touring hiatus a laí the break the band took at the end of 16 months of touring behind the phenomenally successful New Jersey record.

Like it or not, that break saved Bon Jovi from imploding then, and a nice chunk of time spent apart and out of the limelight for all concerned at the end of the Because We Can tour may just be the good medicine the doctor ordered for refreshing, reinvigorating, and resuscitating the House of Jovi.

While theyíre at it, perhaps Jon Bon Jovi could inspire his band-mates to sit down with Dr. Phil or Oprah or anyone objective so they each can air it out about how each one of them feels, like they so successfully did once before.

Though the most ardent fans will wail in objection, it is inconceivable to expect any adored band can tour every other year for 18 months at a time without Ďissuesí.

Knowing how bent out of shape we all can get driving in traffic from here to the corner for smokes, how about a different city and a different town every day, with the added pressure of VIP meet and greets on top of already scheduled shows?

And, lest anyone has forgotten, these men all have families and the temptations on the road are constant.

You dance with the partner that brought you. Like it or not, without Richie Sambora there would be no Bon Jovi, regardless of the magnetic good looks of leader of the band and keeper of the brand, Jon Bon Jovi.

Since: Jan 09

New Jersey

#9 Apr 19, 2013
As electrifying as Phil X is, fans can convince themselves that itís Ďstill Bon Jovií, but anyone with an ounce of honesty will tell you itís not quite the same.

Phil brings a grunge look and a blow-your-face-out guitar style to the band, but heís a fill-in, a pinch hitter, a hired gun and lest anyone forget Sambora delivered equally impressive chops on These Days, without the Iím-so-good-I-think-Iíll-pop-m y-load-on-myself theatrics.

The Beatlesí John Lennon and Paul McCartney couldnít overcome their differences, and the result was Lennonís Plastic Ono Band and McCartneyís hugely successful reincarnation with Wings.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were at the top of their game when they called it quits due to personal differences and they remained solo for years until a reunion show.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones had periodic blowouts that put the band on the shelf and off the road touring for years, despite putting out new records; and Guns-N-Roses tried unsuccessfully to traverse monumental fame through a drug-addled haze that ultimately sent Slash running for the hills.

In any case, regardless of the fill-in or one half of the duo going solo, itís never the same. Without Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi songs can be repeated but never quite duplicated, and that is the heartbreak of the bandís current state.

So, whether Jon Bon Jovi got mad at Richie for wanting to play some songs from his solo record midway through a Bon Jovi show; or Richie loved to eat a lot of garlic that he would blow in Jonís face when they shared a mic for ďIíll Be There For YouĒ; or Richie had access to the choice groupies by virtue of being single and Jon got the better pre-and-post show snacks, itís all irrelevant.

Itís better to take a break than break up, like any relationship, and the very survival of Bon Jovi as we know it depends not on the band continuing to record and tour for ravenous fans to the brink of extinction, but to have the good sense to bid adieu for a time so they can continue to do so.
Bojour

Aurora, CO

#10 Apr 19, 2013
AEG pays Jon, Jon pays Richie and everybody else. Richie put a million into his latest solo album that tanked.....he lost millions on his White Trash clothing.....he's imploding and the percentages can't help him. Alec signed a keep your mouth shut contract before he left and rumour has it he got a buy out on his publishing and royalties.
Karen

Hayes, UK

#11 Apr 19, 2013
I've been saying it for years. They have gone stale because of the endless album/tour routine.
The fans are bored and I think some of the band members are. It's just Jon who wants to keep the juggernaut rolling!
Shane

Leeds, AL

#12 Apr 19, 2013
Bon Jovi took a year off after "The Circle" tour ended. They need to start acting like men who have been blessed and ditch this diva-like porcelain doll attitude. Honestly, what would they do if they had to go to go to a real job with a 2 week vacation MAX?

Since: Jan 09

New Jersey

#13 Apr 19, 2013
Shane wrote:
Bon Jovi took a year off after "The Circle" tour ended. They need to start acting like men who have been blessed and ditch this diva-like porcelain doll attitude. Honestly, what would they do if they had to go to go to a real job with a 2 week vacation MAX?
David, Jon and Tico wouldn't have a problem they show up for work. Richie on the other hand would have issues with a two week vacation, cause he had one just before he went out again.
Caslad78

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#14 Apr 19, 2013
I have to say it does make me laugh when I read these forums. There are so many people who think they no wot's wot & the ins & outs of Bon Jovi, when in actual fact they no nothing.

It's all well & good having people pretending to talk like there in the know (must be some wannabe agent or failed artist who have a beef?)

The truth is that Bon Jovi have never aired there dirty laundry in public (hens the Jersey Syndicate) so why change now?

Yes there will be arguments & fall outs but isn't that just part of life no matter what organisation your in?

Just remember that there will be rumours, conspiring & untruths thrown about (probably from some wanna be big time Charlie, who knows no more than me or the milkman) however the truth will always come out
eventually & it is then can people be judged!
reeder

Cedar Rapids, IA

#15 Apr 19, 2013
Xm radio has a Bon Jovi station and it has little comments by Jon in between the music. Jon had told the guys after the Circle your ended he started writing in September 2011. By December he had a bunch of songs and called Tico wanting his input for the drum beats. Jon said there was an awkward silence and Tico said "no!" Adding that Jon had promised they wouldn't work until after the first of the year. Jon kinda laughed and said "I guess I'm a liar"
Vee

Bedford, UK

#16 Apr 19, 2013
Karen wrote:
I've been saying it for years. They have gone stale because of the endless album/tour routine.
The fans are bored and I think some of the band members are. It's just Jon who wants to keep the juggernaut rolling!
I dont agree i dont feel like this and the concerts are always packed out they are awesome live and i like the new stuff.
Vee

Bedford, UK

#17 Apr 19, 2013
Karen wrote:
I've been saying it for years. They have gone stale because of the endless album/tour routine.
The fans are bored and I think some of the band members are. It's just Jon who wants to keep the juggernaut rolling!
However i do agree with the fact Jon pushes them out on the road even i thought when are they going to have a proper break.
Jbjshowtime

United States

#18 Apr 19, 2013
At first i thought they needed a long break agter circle tour too but then i realized Bruce, U2 , Dave Matthews, all those bands tour nonstop as well. Why can't bon jovi? Esp since they sell just as well.

Since: Jan 09

New Jersey

#19 Apr 19, 2013
Jbjshowtime wrote:
At first i thought they needed a long break agter circle tour too but then i realized Bruce, U2 , Dave Matthews, all those bands tour nonstop as well. Why can't bon jovi? Esp since they sell just as well.
David, Jon and Tico can say Because We Can, we all know who can't! LOL All Roads Lead to Richie.
Karen

Hayes, UK

#20 Apr 20, 2013
Vee wrote:
<quoted text>I dont agree i dont feel like this and the concerts are always packed out they are awesome live and i like the new stuff.
I think the new material is incredibly weak and so do many die-hards. I have been a fan since KTF and this is the first album that I haven't listened to constantly. I'm not saying a break would improve it but it might at least give them something else to write about other than the economic situation of the world which is pretty much all Jon can write about lately!

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