Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful
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BON JOVI: WHEN WE WERE BEAUTIFUL is an intimate look at one of America′s most enduringly popular bands after 25 years of hits, fame, tours and troubles. It is the companion to a major documentary to be released in Fall 09 to coincide with the band′s anniversary. The documentary follows the band on their 2008 Lost Highway tour and at home, talking about everything from life on the road and onstage to band members′ own personal crises.
The book is illustrated with gorgeous new photos and stills from the documentary, providing unprecedented insights into a band that is known for staying away from the media. Archival photographs provide the complete picture of the band′s extraordinary reign at the top of the charts. Jon Bon Jovi is writing an introduction and text throughout the book, and the other band members, including Richie Sambora, are contributing extended captions. This is a unique portrait of rock legends after 25 years together, reflecting on their past as well looking forward to the future.
the same cause, has cemented our relationships for good. We could never break up. We only grow stronger as time goes by. We’ve always had each other to rely on in good times (and not so good times). A band of brothers always watches each other’s backs. Thank you, Jon, Tico, and Richie, for making my life very special. Our lives have been an adventure few people get to experience. It always has been, is, and will be an honor, pleasure, and privilege to play alongside each of you, until I can’t
life. When you get a chance to see or meet or open for someone you look up to and they like your music, they give you something indescribable. Southside Johnny was that person for me when I was a kid. It was pretty great stuff. It’s cool to talk to some of these bands that open for us. Every kid draws the same inspiration from somebody who came before. It’s wonderful to be part of that line in history, traveling from the getting to giving end of it. It’s just as rewarding. RICHIE: There’s a
anything. New Jersey tour, 1989. Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss/www.markweiss.com Outside Knightsbridge tube station, London, England, August 1987. From the personal collection of Jon Bon Jovi New Jersey tour, band huddle, Japan, 1989. Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss/www.markweiss.com St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, U.S.S.R., August 1989. Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss/www.markweiss.com Bon Jovi: (from left) Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, and David Bryan backstage, New Jersey tour, 1989. Mark
friends, parents. We were there every day for each other. Backstage and onstage, we were a team. Offstage too. We made sure nobody was getting into too much trouble. We covered each other’s backs but some of us were really getting burned out. TICO: There was a lot of touring. The touring was almost senseless, to the point where you didn’t know where you were or why you were doing it anymore. It became a machine, which was well oiled, but you forgot why you were out there anymore. We never really
honest-to-God truth, if we had had everybody patting us on the back for the last twenty years I’d have gotten fat and old and lazy; it would had been a lot easier than keeping the chip on your shoulder and going, “Gotta fight, gotta fight.” But that’s sort of motivational. I find it to be the reason you wake up in the morning. Lost Highway tour, hotel suite on day off, Marbella, Spain, June 2008. Phil Griffin RICHIE: Jon saddles himself with lots of responsibility. He loves that, thrives on it.