I grew up listening to Bon Jovi on the radio. I was ten years old when their third studio album, “Slippery When Wet,” was released. I hear “You Give Love a Bad Name” now and I turn up the radio and sing along. Loudly.
The biggest difference between when I first heard the song and when I listen to it now is that my nearly four year old son plays air guitar in his car seat behind me.
Every single one of the band members of Bon Jovi is a dad. Jon Bon Jovi is the father of one daughter and three sons, guitarist Richie Sambora is the father of one daughter, keyboardist David Bryan is the father of three children: boy/ girl twins and one younger daughter, and drummer Tico Torres is the father of one son. Talk about rock star dads!
Life is a heck of a lot different for this foursome now than when they first started touring. Now school schedules and family are taken into consideration for when the band goes on tour.
Earlier this year Jon spoke with Extra’s AJ Calloway about parenting, “Life changes that first day when they give you the baby,” he said. “You’re going to be happy and then you get home and all the relatives will come over and make all kinds of goo goo sounds, but eventually the last door closes and you’re about to go to bed and the two of you are going to look at each other… there isn’t a manual, so stop looking for it.”
On March 12th Bon Jovi released their 12th studio album, “What About Now.” They started “Because We Can – The Tour” in February in Washington, D.C. and it wraps up in December, 2013 in Australia. (“Because We Can” is the first single on the new album.) The band has a pretty fan inclusive website and you can check there to see if their tour is coming to a neighborhood near you.
Like me, most of Bon Jovi’s fans have become parents and it is not uncommon to now see kids singing along on their parent’s shoulders at shows. As a true testimony to the multi-generational appeal Bon Jovi will be performing tonight on American Idol.
I’ve listened to their new album, “What About Now,” and honestly can say that it is classic Bon Jovi. The single, “Because We Can” is a seriously catchy jam that will have you joining in with the triumphant chorus. “Amen” is a powerful ballad with strings in all the right places.
The song that caused me to stop everything and listen is the final song on the album, “The Fighter”. I dare you not to get a lip quiver when you hear it. Jon, who turned 51 earlier this month, revealed in an exclusive listening party for fans that he started the song as a letter to his kids after musing on what he would say to them about his life journey
“I should write down these words ‘fore I lose them
Or write you a song just to use them
Someday you may wanna know who I am,
Beyond this facade no guitar in my hand
No I am not a writer”