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This picture is an old view of Bon Jovi’s original line-up. From left: David Bryan, Alec John Such, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, and Tico Torres (taken from a personal MySpace page).

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It was about a few weeks ago, while I was a bit bored and depressed with the whole study assignments, when I browsed and found these groups of Bon Jovi fans on Facebook. There are probably more of them, but these four – each with more than a thousand members – were what I finally joined in (just with an interest to get in touch): Bon Jovi, Admit it… Deep down inside you love Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi – Enough said!, Sexiest man alive – Jon Bon Jovi (you can’t view them unless you’re log in to FB).

Anyway, enough said indeed! There’s probably nothing left to say about the band, which during their 24-year existence had already produced 10 studio albums (and some extras) with more than 120 million have been sold all over the world. And yes, of course 100,000,000 Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong! 😉

Currently, as you may see on their official website, they’re still on tour in Europe, including in Norway and Denmark (18-19 June), before continuing to the UK (21-28 June), and fly back to the US on July (with a stop in Ontario). On the site, you may also check a lot of things, including purchasing all of their songs in MP3 formats. Or you may join the official fans site if you like.


This is part of the actions when the band performed in Sydney, 22 Jan 2008, which I managed to come (but this picture belongs to Hariklia Stournaras from the FB fans group).

Well, what I’d like to share a bit more here is about the first moment when I heard the songs of Jon, Dave, Richie, Tico, and Alec (the bass player who left the band in 1994). And it was in 1988 during my first year in Junior High School, through a cassette of compilation songs (pop and ballads), when I firstly heard this song: I’ll Be There for You. It’s a love song alright, was newly released, and it wasn’t actually one of the popular songs of Bon Jovi, since previously they’ve had three albums with a couple of smash-hits like Runaway, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ On A Prayer, or Wanted Dead or Alive.

And again, enough said… here’s a lyric of another good song that I like:

– Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night –

Hey, man.. I’m alive. I’m takin’ each day and night at a time. I’m feelin’ like a Monday but someday I’ll be Saturday night

Hey, my name is Jim, where did I go wrong. My life’s a bargain basement, all the good shits gone. I just can’t hold a job, where do I belong. I’m sleeping in my car, my dreams move on…

My name is Billy Jean, my love was bought and sold. I’m only sixteen, I feel a hundred years old. My foster daddy went, took my innocence away. The street life ain’t much better, but at least I get paid…

And Tuesday just might go my way; it can’t get worse than yesterday. Thursdays, Fridays ain’t been kind; but somehow I’ll survive…

Hey, man.. I’m alive. I’m takin’ each day and night at a time. Yeah I’m down, but I know I’ll get by.

Hey, hey, hey, hey, man.. I gotta live my life. Like I ain’t got nothin’ but this roll of the dice. I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night…

Now I can’t say my name, and tell you where I am. I want to roll myself away, don’t know if I can. I wish that I could be in some other time and place. With someone else’s soul, someone else’s face…

Oh, Tuesday just might go my way; it can’t get worse than yesterday. Thursdays, Fridays ain’t been kind; but somehow I’ll survive…

Hey, man.. I’m alive. I’m takin’ each day and night at a time. Yeah I’m down, but I know I’ll get by…

Hey, hey, hey, hey, man.. I gotta live my life. I’m gonna pick up all the pieces and what’s left of my pride. I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night…

Saturday night… here we go..

Someday I’ll be Saturday night. I’ll be back on my feet, I’ll be doin’ alright… It may not be tomorrow baby, that’s OK. I ain’t goin’ down, gonna find a way.. hey, hey..

Hey, man.. I’m alive. I’m takin’ each day and night at a time. Yeah I’m down, but I know I’ll get by..

Hey, hey, hey, hey, man.. I gotta live my life. Like I ain’t got nothin’ but this roll of the dice. I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night… I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday night..

Saturday night… all right.. all right.. Saturday night.


Picture courtesy of Bonjovi.Com.

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Who is he? He’s a bit of a famous guy, huh?

Those were not my question and my comment. Some cool blokes said so, while a very crowded group of people were in excitement waiting for The Matrix superstar. It was kinda cold outside George St’s Greater Union that Tuesday, and the night was still young. Yet, those faces were warm with smiles and enthusiasm.

Then, just a few minutes before 7 pm, he finally arrived. Keanu, the star of Street Kings, landed his feet on the red carpet as the premiere screening of his latest movie was about to begin. And the crowds were screaming; camera lights were automatically flashing.

I’m not gonna talk about how cute the 43-year-old actor was, or how cool Keanu’s appearance was that night. The Canadian Beirut-born actor had moustache and beard, that’s for sure, and that was the only one I noticed.

What I’m trying to reflect here is the atmosphere that I felt back on that night, compare to the feeling when an almost-similar event was happening back there in Indonesia. To tell the truth, they’re kinda similar actually. It’s the same pop culture’s effect: people like and always eager to meet a star. Even when they have to wait hours until the popular person appear.

The difference probably is: while people in Indonesia still have to prove their discipline and obedience of rules, we hardly find the problem here – this is generally our people’s problem in any other aspects of life. No one crossed the line of the red carpet that day, and no one ‘caught’ Keanu too long to take pictures. It was this simple: come, wait, be patient, prepare the camera or things to be signed, take picture when he appears, get a signature, and it’s done when he disappears.

Another difference, I think, is the kind of ‘star-worship’ they have. There was a clear view that night, which made me able to differentiate which one was the real fan and which people was not a fan at all. Although there also a group of people across the street that were just looking from the distance, they’re clearly not fans. People who walked by with ignorance were surely not the fans. People who came to GU that night to simply enjoy their movie were obviously not fans of Keanu as well. On the other hand, crowds in each side of the red carpet were surely fans of the Speed-guy.

Is that all?

Well, actually, that night while trying to take my own amateur picture with my low-resolution compact digital camera, I was thinking of something else. I was a bit ‘jealous’ with the best spots the photographers and journalists had that night; it made me remember my own experiences when I was still on duty in Indonesia. And it just make me sure again: how I always love to be closely involved in the world of entertainment and showbiz by that role.

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