When people show you who they are...

2/03/2010 12:08:00 AM

A while back I DVR'ed some Bon Jovi documentary on Showtime...

...I watched it when Craig wasn't home (for obvious reasons)...

..and, well... I had a sudden [albeit emotionally painful] revelation; an epiphany, as it were.

First, you must know that much of Jon Bon Jovi's music has provided me great joy over the years. I've danced and screamed the lyrics of, "Dead or Alive" and his other classics at many-a-venue, both tipsy and sober.

That said, I watched this documentary and decided this:

Jon Bon Jovi is a jerk. Yep.
A jive turkey.
A ridiculously, self-serving, rude, obnoxious, put-upon, overly-confident, used-up, whiney, aging man with terribly feathered hair.

GASP!

I know.

It's been really difficult for me to come to terms with this, too. Bottom line? I would never want to be in his band. (He called it "HIS" band a million times. The success of Bon Jovi apparently is all his. No one else's. He was ridiculous.)

He's a jerk.

With each sentence he spake, I was like, "Enough... enough... you're awful. Stop talking. JUST SING. 'We gotta hold on to what we got, it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not..."

There.
I said it.
A weight has been lifted.
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I don't think I'll ever watch a documentary about any other band again, lest I be forced to change my opinion about them.

Whew. At least I still have my Lionel.

7 comments:

  1. Wow. That must be horrible. What a freakin' let down.

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  2. Did you love seeing Lionel on the Grammys?

    I hate to sound so ignorant, but this is the very reason why I hate reading biographies on musicians (like Guns N Roses for instance). They are all sex and drug addicts and treat women in unspeakable ways. I mean, it's interesting, but I am too emotionally involved to leave it at that. I just don't want to know sometimes - ya know.

    It's hard to separate that way you feel about the MUSIC as you do about the songwriters or performers.

    I am sorry friend. I know this is a terrible revelation for you.

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  3. Boo. I hate it when people whose music I love turn out to be a-holes. Paul likes this guy who's an up-and-coming country dude - James Otto. He's like him for years & I got into him too recently. He's good. He came to Charlotte a few months ago and we went to his show and he was a TOTAL arrogant JERK. Now I can't listen to his music. What a bummer.

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  4. I am sorry to hear this for you.

    I have not like Bon Jovi since the 80's, he does seem like an arrogant jerk.

    But I will always love Wanted Dead or Alive

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  5. They always say you shouldn't meet your idol...

    Darn it! I wouldn't have guessed he was a jerk. I thought he was one of the good guys.

    I'll bet Richie Sambora wants to pop a cap in his ass for all of this "my band" speak.

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  6. That is very disappointing. However, it makes me feel better about my secret nickname for him: "Fuzzy Giant Lion Head." :)

    I watched a great documentary about The Who not that long ago, and even though they all came across like a-holes, I somehow loved them even more. Maybe because they recognize and embrace their a-holeishness?

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  7. Nooooooooo! Why God why?

    I love the band Bon Jovi and i thought Jon Bon Jovi was the real deal!

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