Why a Philly Bar Banned Bon Jovi (From Its Jukebox)

Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon and its No Bon Jovi jukebox policy

Photos courtesy Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon

Rob Szatkowski couldn’t take it anymore.

It was the early 2000s. He was tending bar at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, a bar at the corner of Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. It was homecoming weekend at Philadelphia University. When Szatkowski walked into the bar 15 minutes before his shift started at noon, the place was packed. “Motherfuckers were already drunk, doing shots, car bombs, and acting like it’s almost midnight — and this was just alumni,” he tells Philadelphia magazine.

Just as he started his shift, he heard it: “Tommy used to work on the docks …” At 1:15, he heard it again. And again and again and again. By 7 o’clock, he’d heard Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” at least seven times — maybe more. He had enough. Someone played it again. He hit the reject button, which is behind the bar and skips songs on the juke if pressed. The crowd groaned. Read more »

WATCH: Bon Jovi Can Sing in Mandarin

Bon Jovi is sending hearts aflutter across China in a new video that features the New Jersey-born rocker crooning an achingly sweet tune in Mandarin.

Released on Chinese Valentine’s Day, the song is a cover of a ballad called “The Moon Represents My Heart.” It was made famous in the 1970s by Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. (Hear her version here.) The release coincides with his upcoming tour across Asia that will include stops in Shanghai, Singapore, Beijing and more. According to the description on the YouTube video, this will be his band’s first time performing in China.

Hear the tune in the video above. It’s dubbed over footage of Bon Jovi recording the song in the studio.

(h/t Wall Street Journal via Max Rettig)

Chris Christie Forsakes Bruce Springsteen

Christie 2016 campaign video

Et tu, Bruce?

Chris Christie is a Bruce Springsteen fan. This has been one of the more charming parts of the Jersey governor’s prickly personality for the last few years, even if it sometimes seemed to discomfit The Boss himself.

But now Christie has committed what The Daily Beast calls his “biggest flip-flop” ever: He told a website he prefers Bon Jovi to Bruce.

“In an interview with Lifezette, right-wing radio darling Laura Ingraham’s website, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, confessed they now favor Bon Jovi. ‘This is a hard one,’ Mary Pat said when the interviewer asked her to choose. She ultimately decided ‘Bon Jovi.’ Christie, sitting next to Mary Pat, paused and smirked. ‘Bon Jovi,’ he answered.”

We’d already noted the surprising answer on our entertainment blog, Ticket, but the media is treating the revelation like a big deal: Read more »

WATCH: Chris Christie Play “This or That,” Choose Bon Jovi Over Springsteen

Lifezette nabbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat to play a game of “This or That.” The two are asked a series of questions, like “Bradley Cooper or Anderson Cooper?” and “Kim Kardashian or Snooki?,” and they have to choose which one they like best. It’s a fun little no-nonsense game until Governor Christie baffles by choosing Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen. Huh?! Christie’s supposed to be a huge Springsteen fan! What gives?!

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WATCH: Bon Jovi Debuts New Song at Rutgers-Camden Graduation

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.

(h/t 6ABC)


New Bon Jovi Album on the Way



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.”

Buffalo Bills Fans Boycotting Bon Jovi Music

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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7 Philadelphia Charity Events in May

renegade company fundraiser

Promo photo for Renegade Company’s Star Wars-themed fundraiser. Details below.

Apparently, there’s something about spring that makes the city feel extra philanthropic. Throughout the month of May Philly will see all kinds of charity events — from those supporting the local arts and disease research to poverty. Because soirees of this kind require a little planning ahead, Ticket has rounded up seven of the season’s not-to-be-missed charity events that’ll fit any giving budget.

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Bon Jovi Wants to Buy an NFL Team in the Northeast


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]

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