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Jon Bon Jovi & Friends: The Show Must Go On!

January27

Really? Jon Bon Jovi, Really?  Are you seriously not gonna cancel this show? or at least postpone it? But, haven’t you seen my car? Has anyone seen my car? Gah! The weather situation was totally stressing me out, I felt kinda sick & achy from all the shoveling I’ve endured.. and well.. transportation was an issue to say the least… sigh. :-/

This would be New Jersey’s 7th snow storm since December. Never in my life has there been a winter like this before. 

I’ve tried to explain to people that I was snowed in… but words just couldn’t describe.

I think the photo above says it all… notice my poor lil antenna peeking out the top. 

But alas, the show must go on!  I would hate to disappoint all my fans.. umm er, I mean… miss the show. ;-) Not to mention it was a charity event for The Parker Family Health Center, to be exact, they help people get free health care… wow that’s pretty cool of them.. and everyone knows how I feel about good causes. :-D

So, I managed to get a ride to my sister’s house who happens to live in Sayerville.. which is the boyhood home of Jon Bon Jovi himself and conveniently, the location of the venue (Starland Ballroom). As most of you know, seeing JBJ is always a family affair for me. I almost always go with my sisters. Tonight was no different except it was only 2 of us this time, Me and Diane.

So, off we went.. And as we got inside and started to warm up, I began to get my Mojo back.. after all… I had entered “Joviland” (a magical place where Jovi fans can roam free un-scrutinized). Of course, we were late.. missed 3 songs.. grr stoopid snow! So we B-lined it for the stage.. or at least we tried to. Excuse me… pardon me. I can’t see anything over these people’s heads.. c’mon Mr. 6’2″ heavy-set man… can’t I just stand in front of you for a bit? No? But dude, I’m not going to obstruct your view. I’m like up to your hip.. whateverrrr. These Bon Jovi fans are having none of it! It seems I have no magical powers here at all.. & that, Gasp,  my charm was not being appreciated one bit. They would seriously cut a bitch if they had to. At one point, Diane managed to get herself pretty close to the stage.. only to be pulled back 4 rows by her shirt collar. Ooof tough crowd.

It turns out that some of them had paid up to $1000 per ticket! And traveled from as far away as Hong Kong and Germany to see this show. Although, the cost of that ticket did include a meet and greet / photo opp with Jon.. it sounds pricey to me! So I don’t really blame them. And here I am whining about a little snow, when I live a mere 30 minutes away. Wow that’s dedication…. but still.. I can’t see a thing and this is no fun! :-(. I did however manage to get this clip of him singing “A Whole Lot of Lonely”.. Can you hear those women arguing in the background? That is not me.. as we’ve established in the past, I’m a lover, not a fighter. Lucky I didn’t get my ass kicked. Ahh only a true creative will suffer for her art.  Aww and listen to how lonely he is up there… it’s tragic. :-P

Jon Bon Jovi – A Whole Lot of Lonely
ahhhh what’s a girl to do? The show was sort of a bust for me.. Not that he didn’t sound beautiful as always and give it his all.. it was just my view was non existent. He kept leaving the stage and Letting his “Friends” take over the performance. :-/ They were perfectly competent musicians (Southside Johnny, Bob Burger, Bobby Bandiera etc).. and I give Jon props for wanting to give them their due.. but I don’t think these people flew in from across the world, paid that much money… blades in hand to defend their footing to see a bunch of Jersey acts. He played a ton of Duets, and a bunch of covers. The only hits he did sing were “A Whole Lot of lonely”,“Wanted Dead or Alive”, “We Weren’t Born to Follow”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and the encore “Livin’ on a Prayer” The upside to this was that from the little I could see, it looked as if Jon was genuinely enjoying his Jam session.. I mean Southside Johnny is one of his idols. 

But things happen for a reason. And maybe all this opposition was a good thing, you see, we were forced to shift side stage & well, if we couldn’t watch him perform we would opt for the cheap thrill of watching him come on and off the stage.. Not ideal, but some might contest it was the best spot in the house… especially since he was off the stage for a good 5 or 6 songs in a row.. Which is how I managed to catch this lil clip of his pearly whites smiling and saying hello… And from where I was standing.. indeed the highlight of the night.


And as much as I would love to take credit for the way his eyes lit up or that grin on his face.. it was more than likely directed at my sister, the saint. Ya know, she does charity work too.. in fact, just 2 years prior he supported her non profit org. Bridges of Peace, at this same venue and we sent thousands of items including toys to our US soldiers stationed in Iraq which were distributed to the kiddies there. Yeah, I helped. So, maybe that smile was also for me? I dunno..does it really matter? Nah.

What does matter is that a lot of money was raised and some good people benefited from Jon Bon Jovi giving his time for charity, once again. God bless him for that. So in the end, I guess the hassle was all worth it. Would I have changed a few things? Of course. But even with all the things I didn’t like about the evening, I still managed to have a good time. umm but than again… I always do! Maybe that’s just me? The eternal optimist… Besides, it’s not really anybody’s fault that I’m short.

I hope this will inspire you, to do more. Give more. Be more.

Until next time. Toni xoxo

For more photos of the show & me looking super cute, check out: The Gallery for Jon Bon Jovi & Friends

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2 Comments to
“Jon Bon Jovi & Friends: The Show Must Go On!”

  1. On March 7th, 2011 at 7:23 pm Eoin Nolan Says:

    Toni, i wonder how many times have you met the band…you lucky thing, theres a lot of chicks here in Ireland who would love to have met the band as many times as you.. btw i looooooove yooouuuuuu =)

  2. On March 10th, 2011 at 11:53 pm Toni Says:

    No such thing as luck. xo

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