Friday, April 19, 2024

Exclusive: Paul McCartney Could Add Needed Heft to Jon Bon Jovi’s Charity Show, Richie Sambora Not Expected After All


Tomorrow night comes the annual Musicares dinner at the LA Convention Center.

Jon Bon Jovi is the honoree, and he’s bringing the band. They’ll perform after a bunch of acts sing their versions of BonJovi hits.

Not expected, however, is Richie Sambora. I speculated last week that Richie, who left the band a decade ago, might be coming. But everyone out here in LaLa Land insists that Jon and Richie have had no contact. “It’s not happening,” said one insider. “I’d be very surprised if it does.”

One new name in the mix is Paul McCartney. Friends with JBJ from the Hamptons, Paul is on the guest list. Is he playing? “Why would he come and just sit there?” says an observer.

That would be a jolt to an evening that features Bruce Springsteen as the standout musical guest among a raft of mostly newcomers, plus Melissa Etheridge and Shania Twain. One of those ladies will sing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home, which was a duet hit with Jennifer Nettles. Nettles is not on the list.

Musicares is not televised, unfortunately.

McCartney, by the way, is just out with a 50th anniversary “Band on the Run” — underdubbed — a look at the seminal album stripped down to its unmixed state. This should be interesting, but try and find the 40th anniversary remaster – it’s glorious.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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