Jersey-born rocker Bon Jovi was presented an honorary doctorate of letters this week at the Rutgers-Camden graduation at Susquehanna Bank Center. The gesture recognizes his career as an entertainer and work to raise money for the causes of homelessness and poverty.
During his commencement address, he pulled out his guitar and broke into song, a new ditty he wrote for the occasion called “Reunion.” It includes some inspiring lyrics, telling the graduating class of around 293 to do things like “write your song,” and “start your own revolution”–you know, take-life-by-the-balls kind of stuff. Give it a listen in the Twitter video up top and below. Or watch the full video here.
Rutgers-Camden graduates listen to Jon Bon Jovi perform a song he wrote especially for them. https://t.co/wwW9sCw2m0
Good news, thirty- and forty-something women everywhere: Jon Bon Jovi is recording a new album.
People magazine confirms that the New Jersey singer has been recording the work in a studio in New York City. While there’s no information about who he’s working with, Jovi did reveal his source of inspiration for the songs: “I just read the paper; it gives you an opportunity to write something … It’s early, but I’m about a dozen songs in. I feel good.”
AP reports: “A Bills fans club recently founded to keep the NFL team in western New York has started an online petition to ban songs by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker has been linked to a Toronto-based developer interested in purchasing a franchise and moving it to Canada’s largest city.”
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This is heresy. Not that the Bills are rivals or anything, but where’s the local pride, JBJ? The Philadelphia Soul ain’t good enough for ya? (Apparently not.)
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is consumed with purchasing an NFL team, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, and is among the parties positioning to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale.
“When the team comes up for sale,” by the way, is a euphemism for “When 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies.” Talk about vulture capitalism! [CBS Sports]
Without Richie Sambora, all that Bon Jovi talk about “Jersey” and “home” seem hollow. The last 30 years of rock and roll seem false.
Anyway, we kind of saw this coming. And April’s Jon Bon Jovi interview with Ellen, in which he said Sambora was still the band’s guitar player, now has the corporate sheen of a team owner saying that his losing coach isn’t on the hot seat—about a week before that coach is fired:
Good luck Richie. It’s like our rock parents have divorced.
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