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JON BON JOVI

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    Having the intention of releasing a solo record in the style a Pop direction, JON BON JOVI eventually concocted a diverse but captivating set.

    The album features collaborations with Steve Lironi, EURYTHMICS man Dave Stewart, ex-BABY GRAND and HOOTERS member and JOAN OSBOURNE songwriter Eric Bazilian.

    Backing Jon up musically were Hugh McDonald, session drummer Kenny Aronoff, guitarist Bobby Bandiera, ALDO NOVA and Dave Stewart.

    Supermodel Helena Christensen sings backing vocals on 'Every Word Was A Piece Of My Heart'.

    Ex MESSAGE and PROPHET vocalist Dean Fasano sings back-ups on 'Naked'. The track 'August 7th' took on a more haunting profile when it was realized that it was written about the events surrounding the tragic death of manager Paul Korzilius' 6 year old daughter on that date in 1996.

    Having threatened its release for a couple of years, Tony Bongiovi finally issued Jon's earliest recorded material from his days working at Powerstation Studios in a compilation entitled 'The Powerstation Years 1980-1983' almost deliberately coinciding its debut with the appearance of Jon's 'Destination Anywhere' solo album. Somewhat deliberately the Powerstation release chose to use Jon's real name, probably prevented from using the Jon Bon Jovi handle due to copyright being exercised by the man himself. The European release of the album, on Masquerade Records, features an additional four tracks.

    Debuting his solo touring band on Channel 4's 'TFI Friday' television show by playing 'Midnight In Chelsea' live, Jon was joined on stage by Dave Stewart, responsible for co-writing the track. It was Stewart's first ever appearance on the show as he had steadfastly declined to appear as a guest in his own right previously. Jon's band included BON JOVI bassist Hugh McDonald, former SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY guitarist Bobby Bandiera, both having played on the album, of course.

    Jon played a string of European solo shows in June '97. The live show was planned to be preceded with the hour long 'Destination Anywhere' movie, described as "a dark drama" which starred Jon, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Whoopi Goldberg and Anabella Sciorra, the album's songs serve as a backdrop to the whole affair.

    once read for a part in the 1983 movie 'Footloose', Jon Bon Jovi's movie career had began with an extremely minor, non-speaking cameo in the 'Young Guns II' movie. It's ironic that Jon was reported in the April 30 1987 issue of 'Circus' magazine that acting wasn't for him. "I couldn't do it. What I do on stage, is me. If I fall on my ass, I really did that. I can't pretend to be someone else".

    In spite of the full force of Mercury's promotion department and the acknowledged stature of the artist 'Destination Anywhere' quite remarkably failed to break into the American top 30 peaking just outside and tumbling off the charts within a few weeks. In an attempt to reap extra sales from the record Mercury opted to re-issue the album with a bonus live CD full of tracks mostly recorded at Jon's Forum show in London. Such a marketing strategy had been previously utilized with both 'Keep The Faith' and 'These Days' from mothership BON JOVI.

    Jon spent the remainder of 1997 working on other movie projects. In the Summer of 1998 he returned to Europe to play solo shows in Austria and Switzerland airing new material in the process and proudly playing new demo tracks to a small number of fans and friends. One of the new songs appeared on the 'Armageddon' movie soundtrack.

    Back with BON JOVI the band experienced a revival of fortunes with latest album 'Crush' scoring double platinum status and the band putting in a series of monstrous arena gigs. Jon himself would receive an accolade nearer to home when in May 2001 he was granted an honourary degree in humanities by his local New Jersey university at Monmouth.

    JON BON JOVI would delve back into the world of acting as 2002 broke, playing the part of handyman Victor Morrison in the hit law series 'Ally McBeal' for a nine week run.

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