In an op-ed for Salon, Waters accuses Bon Jovi and his band mates of standing “shoulder to shoulder” with Israel before listing many of the casualties suffered by the Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli government.
I won’t waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians. So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your gig in Tel Aviv on October 3. You are making your stand. You stand shoulder to shoulder
With the settler who burned the baby
With the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie
With the soldier who shot the soccer player’s feet to bits…
The dead can’t remind you of the crimes you’ve ignored. But, lest we forget, “To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.”
Jovi accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Richard Sambora.
Jovi wins the Marian Anderson Award for his humanitarian work in city of Philadelphia. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation supports organizations such as Project HOME, Covenant House and Angel Network. Jovi:
A great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia…Through the `power of WE,’ we can end homelessness and hunger.
The band releases their song, What About Now, from the album with the same name. Bon Jovi:
It has a strong social overview. We were heading into the end of [President Barack] Obama’s first term, and America was in recovery but still teetering. Europe was teetering, too; austerity plans were or weren’t going to take effect. So it’s sort of a snapshot of that period, though I hope it will also be timeless.
The band releases, Because We Can, from the album, What About Now. The song is penned by Bon Jovi, Sambora and longtime associate, Falcon.
Bon Jovi talks about his life as a rock star and the lessons he has learned along the way from business to charity work.
Anytime that you think you’ve hit the top of the mountain, the truth of the matter is you’ve just reached another mountain, and it’s there to climb over again.
The band releases, Who Says You Can’t Go Home, from the album, Have A Nice Day. Bon Jovi is not pleased when Palin uses the song at some of her campaign stops in middle America.
We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past 25 years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the de facto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities. Although we have not asked, we do not approve of their use of Home.
The band releases their song, Bed Of Roses, from the album, Keep The Faith. Bon Jovi started writing this single in a hotel room in Los Angeles. He requested that the hotel bring a piano that they used for weddings to his room.
The band releases, Bad Medicine, from, New Jersey. For the song’s music video, Bon Jovi gives 250 fans hand held cameras and film and tells them to shoot the band in concert the way they see them:
We told them to film whatever they wanted and, if it was good, we’d use it in the video, and take the ten people who’d shot the best stuff on the road with us in California this year, they could come along with us in the jet and be like a member of the band.
I was hoping they’d goof off a bit more, that they’d take the cameras out in the hallways and film their shoes, go film anything they wanted plus the stage. These kids turned up with their own lights, trusses, tripods, assistants and all that s--t, ‘cos they all wanted to be the ones that go on the road with us.
The band releases, Born To Be My Baby, from the album, New Jersey. In the video the lady that Bon Jovi hugs about halfway through when she comes to the studio is his wife, Hurley.
The band releases, Livin’ On A Prayer, from, Slippery When Wet. At first, Bon Jovi wanted to leave the song off the album thinking that it wasn’t good enough. After, a meeting with a group of teenagers, he changed his mind and the track was added.
The band releases, You Give Love A Bad Name, from, Slippery When Wet. Bon Jovi, Sambora and Child collaborate in the writing of the lyrics. Child:
The very first day we got together we wrote You Give Love a Bad Name. Then a few weeks later we wrote Livin’ On A Prayer. It was a magical collaboration and there was instant chemistry between us.
The band releases, Runaway, from their self titled album. Bon Jovi about the video:
I hate videos. If you wanted to torture me you’d tie me down and force me to watch our first five videos. Five times you’re chump before you learn what you’re doing. The first time we’d just made a record and we were all excited and some a--hole decides we’re going to make a video for Runaway. So instead of making it about what the song’s about, he decides to put a concept to it with his little niece in it. It’s the worst piece of s--t I ever saw in my life. There’s a girl with like fire coming out of her eyes. They dressed the band. Richie’s wearing a jumpsuit and shoes that are three sizes too big. They kept squirting us down with this greasy solution to make it look like we were sweating. We all look like assholes.