"I was just another long-haired teenage kid with visions of grandeur, strumming a tennis racket or a broom in front of his bedroom mirror." ♥
Omg I need to meet this man! ♥
Mmm… What can I say? *-* ♥
I see a problem with both of these countering confessions.
Alec may have just played bass.
That’s the difference.
I want to agree that Richie left of his own accord and the band can go on without him because he’s made it that way—but how are the new records going to be written without Richie?
You could say that Jon and the likes of Billy Falcon, Desmond Childe, etc. could do it without him, but the truth is every Bon Jovi album is about mainly the duo of Jon and Richie.
So, what is Bon Jovi? What makes Bon Jovi Bon Jovi?
Is it the people on stage? No—because they’ve changed and we still feel it’s Bon Jovi (most of us, and I’m talking about since Alec left really).
Is it the writing? I’d say so. The songs about optimism and love? The collaboration of Jon’s optimism and Richie’s soulfulness?
Or, is it simply that Jon Bon Jovi is the frontman and that makes it so that whoever is playing with him is part of Bon Jovi.
I don’t even think Jon knows the answer to the question. Because clearly he wants his guys to be who they are—David and Tico and Richie—his brothers.
After more thinking:
Jon always says about how Alec is still a member of Bon Jovi.
I think that Jon, just like us, truly believes Bon Jovi is those five guys who were originally in it.
But things happen. And band members change.
And maybe he feels that the band and members that make it up are separate but the same. Like the guys will always be the original definition of Bon Jovi, but Bon Jovi itself can change.
Honestly, I don’t think he knows either. I think he wants it to be those guys, but he has to do what it takes to keep his own dreams—the dreams that started this whole thing with HIS record deal, alive.
Totally agree with this, I don’t think Jon knows either. Evidence of this? Hugh. Hugh has been there since before the start, and is listed on most credits, dvds, cds etc as being in “the band”, and yet, Bon Jovi when they present in front of cameras is only ever the foursome. And Jon will always keep Alec’s place, as you say. He’s already been saying that about Richie, that he will always have a place as long as he wants it or until he says he doesn’t.
Jon is a creature of habit, he doesn’t want things to change, he wants his guys, his band (his house, his state, his idols, his wife). And yet, at the same time, he’s quite adamant that Bon Jovi is also him, that the guys are his band, not that the guys are Bon Jovi. As evidenced by the pay disparity, the CEO, the quarterback, the “the day the bass player’s wife tells me when i’m going to tour”. We know David isn’t entirely cool with that, and it seems neither is Richie. With good reason one might say - the band, the writing, etc is a collaborative effort. Without them the sound of Bon Jovi would not be what it is. Would Jon still be successful, perhaps sure, but it would be different. At the same time, the majority of people buying the music over the years probably only really know of Jon because of the name, the limelight. (I also think if they go on without Richie it will change things song-writing wise, I’m sure Jon can easily write an album’s worth of songs, but the collaborative aspects will change - I mean sometimes you need a Richie to tell you that you’re nuts and Living on a Prayer is maybe not all that bad).
I suspect that he thinks the answer to “do what it takes to keep his dreams” is to do it himself, with or without the things along the way that get in the way of that (Doc, Alec, perhaps Richie) - what I find immensely sad is that “do what it takes to keep his dreams” could perhaps be solved a different way - by opening up a bit and admitting that they aren’t just his dreams and letting the guys have more of a say and even support him more - that way he’d keep the dream and the band.
While I adore When We Were Beautiful, it painted a very sad picture in many ways, Jon takes EVERYTHING on himself and the guys are there supporting him in the ways he lets them, but his responses (admittedly, to the camera) are so clinical, so definitive. He seems so uncomfortable whenever anything approaching real emotion is brought up - and in any interview of him and Richie you can see him cringe when Richie gets too touchy feely or off-script (bless Richie for tryin’!), hell even when he dismisses the music as just “his job” so he can do the stuff that really matters in life, when it’s clear he doesn’t really believe that.
Okay I don’t think I have a point here anymore and I just made myself sad, lol. In sum - Jon, why won’t you let us love you! heh.
Apparently I found this very intriguing because I’ve been sitting here watching it for 5 whole minutes.
Fucking hell just look at that his hair springs right back into perfect shape! If I did that mine would look like I got an electric shock xD
I kinda want this to be the new Bon Jovi meme… all the fans filming themselves doing this to their hair and their results.
You know.. you are fuckin’ cute.<3
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