Sunday, April 14, 2024

Jon Bon Jovi Tweets Message of Encouragement to Detroit


Jon Bon Jovi, always a mensch, just tweeted this message to the people of beleaguered, bankrupt Detroit:

Detroit has always been special to me.  It began in 1983 when the Doubleday radio station in Detroit was playing an unsigned John Bongiovi with RUNAWAY.

My first trip to town included a trip to Hitsville U.S.A. and a Rockabilly show by Robert Gordon.  Blame the coffee but now my mind is whirling with so many memories of the great meals in Greektown and this silly game called WHIRLYBALL played late at night after shows, dinner and way too much wine.  I can clearly remember the Detroit Grand Prix in 1985 and the countless shows at Joe Louis, The Palace, and our first time at Comerica Park.  One of the highlights of our career in Michigan was on Thanksgiving when the Lions played the Patriots and we were asked to perform IT’S MY LIFE at halftime.

There is a lot to be thankful for.  Detroit does still love Bon Jovi… and the feeling is mutual.  Thanks for your friendship but also your patience throughout the years.  See you again. -JBJ

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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