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"12-12-12" Concert: Music Superstars Rock Out for Sandy Relief

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel(NEW YORK) -- It was a night of music, comedy and celebrities at 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night.

While several top artists in the rock and pop genres performed for the MSG crowd, actors such as James Gandolfini, Jimmy Fallon and Jack McBrayer manned a phone bank where they accepted donations from viewers.

Forty cable networks televised and numerous websites streamed the event, the proceeds of which benefited The Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Fittingly, the concert began at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with a "local" artist -- New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss and his E Street Band kicked off his half-hour set with a performance of "Land of Hope & Dreams."

As he introduced "My City of Ruins," Springsteen noted that he wrote the song about Asbury Park, N.J.  He described the Jersey Shore as an area for both the rich and poor, adding, "I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore because that's what makes it special."

Springsteen mixed "My City of Ruins" with a bit of "Jersey Girl," a favorite of Springsteen fans that was originally recorded by Tom Waits.

Springsteen was joined by another Jersey rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, for his final song, "Born to Run."  Springsteen returned the favor during Bon Jovi's set, teaming with the band on their hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Springsteen and Bon Jovi were far from the only legendary rockers to take the stage over the course of the night.

Paul McCartney, the closing act, provided a special moment when he brought the former members of Nirvana on stage -- minus the late Kurt Cobain, of course, but including drummer-turned-Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl -- for a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack."  Sir Paul also sprinkled in some crowd-pleasers like "Helter Skelter" and "Live and Let Die."

The Rolling Stones, in the middle of a 50th anniversary tour, played just two songs, including "Jumpin' Jack Flash."  Mick Jagger joked at one point, "This has to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden."

That "collection" also included The Who, which saluted their late drummer, Keith Moon, by screening footage of him singing during their performance of "Bell Boy."  And as he took over vocals on "Baba O'Riley," Pete Townshend changed the lyrics "It's only teenage wasteland" to "It’s only Sandy wasteland."

The other artists on the bill were Long Island native Billy Joel; Manhattan's own Alicia Keys; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who was joined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Eric Clapton; rapper Kanye West; and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who duetted with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

The telecast featured celebrity appearances by Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Diddy, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Brian Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The marathon concert ended with Alicia Keys returning to the stage to perform “Empire State of Mind” as McCartney, firefighters, members of various public works departments and individuals personally affected by the superstorm gathered on stage.

An album of select performances from 12.12.12 will be sold on iTunes beginning on Dec. 18.

Here are the set lists from 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, in chronological order:

Bruce Springsteen
"Land Of Hope And Dreams"
"Wrecking Ball"
"My City Of Ruins/Jersey Girl"
"Born To Run" (with Jon Bon Jovi)

Roger Waters
"In the Flesh?"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
"Us And Them"
"Comfortably Numb" (with Eddie Vedder)

Bon Jovi

"It's My Life"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Livin' on a Prayer"

Eric Clapton
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Got To Get Better In A Little While"

The Rolling Stones
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Alicia Keys
"Brand New Me"
"No One"

The Who
"Who Are You"
"Bell Boy"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Tea and Theatre"

Kanye West
"Jesus Walks"
"All Of The Lights"/"Run This Town"
"Diamonds" remix (featuring recorded Rihanna vocals)
"Touch the Sky"
"Gold Digger"
"Good Life"

Billy Joel
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"New York State of Mind"
"The River of Dreams"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"

Chris Martin
"Viva La Vida"
"Losing My Religion" (R.E.M. song; with Michael Stipe)
"Us Against The World"

Paul McCartney
"Helter Skelter"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"My Valentine" (with Diana Krall)
"Cut Me Some Slack" (with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear)
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Live and Let Die"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Richie Sambora Wants More Kids, ‘Taking Resumes’ for a New Wife

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora has been in the public eye over the past few years thanks to his much-publicized breakup with Heather Locklear, his on-off relationship with Denise Richards, two stints in rehab and a 2008 drunk-driving arrest.

The guitarist has chronicled his feelings about all those things in his new solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, in stores this week after being digitally released last week.

This is only the third solo album of Richie’s 35-year career; his last one came out in 1998. If you ask him why it’s taken so long for him to make another one, well, he’s been a little preoccupied with his day job.

“Obviously, the band has been very, very busy over the last decade and I didn’t really have a chance to actually fit anything in there,” he told ABC News Radio.  “But when I got done with this last tour in August, I was completely energized.  These songs started to come out.  The album started to take shape and I said, ‘Well, time to do a record.’”  He said in writing these songs, “I was able to take stock in my life and own some stuff.”

His “stuff” is his feelings about what he calls his “trials and tribulations” over the past seven years or so, which he examines in songs like “You Can Only Get So High,” “Learnin’ How to Fly with a Broken Wing” and one, “Weathering the Storm,” that he co-wrote with Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

“It took a damn long time for my demons to catch up with me,” said Richie of the crash that eventually led him to rehab twice, most recently in 2011.  “I was running pretty fast for a long, long time … [but] I would gauge myself [by] the people I was hanging with, and they were doing, like, 10 times more than me so I thought I was OK!” Eventually, Richie said, he “reached his quota,” adding, “I’ve had enough … I’m full to the brim now … I don’t feel deprived or anything like that.  I don’t really have any regrets about it, either.”

As for his personal life, which he also wrote about for the new album, Richie said he’s still open to love despite some bad experiences.  “I want a relationship. I really, really do,” he told ABC News Radio.  “I mean, I would never say that I would never get married again.  I would certainly want more children if I found the right person to have them with.”  He laughed, “I’m not put off at all, man … I wanna be in a relationship!  So, anybody out there hearing this, I’m taking resumes right now!”

Of course, any woman who Richie dates has to pass muster with his teenage daughter Ava, whose mom is Heather Locklear.  Several songs on Aftermath of the Lowdown were inspired by her, including the single “Every Road Leads Home to You.”  “She’s very critical of who I see and who I don’t see,” laughed Richie.  “She’s always telling me, ‘Dad, she’s too young.  It’s inappropriate.’”

Next month, Richie has three North American solo shows booked, in Philadelphia, Toronto and New York City.  Earlier in the month, he’ll be touring Europe.  But next year, he’ll turn his attention back to Bon Jovi: the band’s new album is due in March.  So what does it sound like?

“It’s obviously an evolution but it’s still, you know … we’re writing songs to fill stadiums … Let’s face it,” he told ABC News Radio. “It’s gotta be those kinda songs that have a good, positive message … it’s basically what we do, and it’s some new production ideas, and stuff like that, so it sounds contemporary.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Katherine Heigl Kisses and Tells

ABC/ANDREW WALKER(LOS ANGELES) -- Making Out With Jon Bon Jovi Was “nerve-wracking,” says Katherine Heigl.

In the upcoming movie New Year’s Eve, Jon Bon Jovi plays a rock star and Katherine Heigl plays his former love interest. 

According to Heigl, there’s definitely some smooching going on between them onscreen — but it wasn’t exactly romantic.

She tells E! Online that in the film she plays “a young woman who’s a caterer, and she’s catering the New Year’s Eve party and event” while Bon Jovi plays her “big, famous musician ex-fiance who comes back into town to sort of win me back.” 

In the trailer for the film, Heigl is seen slapping Bon Jovi across the face numerous times, but she evidently has a change of heart. “Yes, I made out with him!” Heigl tells E! Online. 

So, what was it like locking lips with the guy who’s haunted the dreams of millions of women since the eighties?  “It’s always so nerve-wracking,” reveals Heigl. “There’s all the giggles and there's all the Altoid popping.” 

Still, it was a good experience. She says of him, “He’s just a gem.  One of the nicest guys ever.”

New Year’s Eve, which also stars Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and many other stars, will be in theaters December 9.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


U2 Tops 'Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After recently compiling a list of the highest-paid musicians under 30, Forbes magazine has now published a roundup of the 25 highest-paid musicians overall.

Number one on the list is U2, who raked in $195 million between May of 2010 and last month, thanks to their super-successful tour.  For that same reason, Bon Jovi is number two on the list with $125 million, Elton John is number three with $100 million, Lady Gaga is number four with $90 million, and Michael Buble is number five with $70 million.  All of those acts enjoyed sold-out, long-running tours.

Others on the list range from 68-year-old Paul McCartney to 17-year old Justin Bieber.  There's also one married couple on the list -- Beyonce and Jay-Z -- but he earned more than she did for the first time since their 2008 wedding.

Here's the list, which includes a five-way tie for 18th place:

1. U2 ($195 million)
2. Bon Jovi ($125 million)
3. Elton John ($100 million)
4. Lady Gaga ($90 million)
5. Michael Buble ($70 million)
6. Paul McCartney ($67 million)
7. Black Eyed Peas ($61 million)
8. Eagles ($60 million)
9. Justin Bieber ($53 million)
10. Dave Matthews Band ($51 million)
11. Toby Keith ($50 million)
12. Usher ($46 million)
13. Taylor Swift $45 million)
14. Katy Perry ($44 million)
15. Brad Paisley ($40 million)
16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ($38 million)
17. Jay-Z ($38 million)
18. AC/DC ($35 million)
18. Sean "Diddy" Combs ($35 million)
18. Beyonce ($35 million)
18. Tim McGraw ($35 million)
18. Muse ($35 million)
23. Rascal Flatts ($34 million)
24. Kenny Chesney ($30 million)
25. Rihanna ($29 million)

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Bon Jovi Taking Break After 'Circle' Tour Wraps

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- After Bon Jovi's Circle tour finally wraps up in July, the band doesn't know "what the hell's gonna happen."  That's what Richie Sambora told reporters recently, according to Billboard.

But drummer Tico Torres said, "I think we need to take a's important for us to just get away from the audience for a people can appreciate you better."  Torres thinks the band is "gonna need a couple years off for sure." 

Sambora responded to Torres' comments by saying that yes, the band needs a break but "not that much of a break...'cause there's more songs to be written."

However, Jon Bon Jovi has already been announced as joining the cast of the upcoming movie New Year's Eve, and according to Billboard, he has said that he wants to do a solo album as well.

Sambora says, "He's the leader of this band and you've got to respect that....who knows what the hell he's gonna do, but it's okay with all of us."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Bon Jovi, AC/DC, U2 Make 2010 Top Tours List

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Despite a globally depressed economy and a lackluster summer touring season that saw many artists cancel outings, some rock acts acts made big bucks on the road in 2010.

Bon Jovi topped Pollstar's list of the year's highest-grossing concert tours, with the New Jersey rockers earning $201.1 million in 2010.

In fact, seven of the top ten acts were rock acts.  AC/DC came in second, with $177 million in worldwide tour earnings, followed by U2 in third, with $160.9 million.  Metallica took fifth, with $110.1 million.  Paul McCartney, The Eagles and Roger Waters also made the top ten.

Here are the top ten highest-grossing acts, with worldwide tour earnings for 2010:

1. Bon Jovi, $201.1 million
2. AC/DC, $177 million
3. U2, $160.9 million
4. Lady Gaga, $133.6 million
5. Metallica, $110.1 million
6. Michael Buble, $104.2 million
7. Walking with Dinosaurs, $104.1 million
8. Paul McCartney, $93 million
9. The Eagles, $92.3 million
10. Roger Waters, $89.5 million

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Bon Jovi Earns Top Tour of the Year Honors from 'Billboard'

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi has been named Top-Grossing Touring Act of the Year by Billboard magazine. It's the second time in three years the band has earned that honor.

Twenty-six years after they first came on the scene, the group is, as the magazine says, "hitting its touring peak."  The band's Circle tour grossed $146.5 million over 69 shows in the past year, and all of them were sold out.  The tour will continue as a greatest hits tour, ramping up again in North America in February, and then in Europe in the spring.

Commenting on being named touring kings of the year, Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard, "It doesn't mean anything to the public...they come to see it because they've seen it before and they're willing to spend their disposable dollars...but in the industry, all your peers are going to look at's a nice industry asterisk for sure.  U2 are paying attention."

Speaking of U2, they came in at number two on Billboard's list of top tours, raking in $131.5 million over 22 sold-out shows on their U2360 tour.  The band had to scrap all their spring dates when Bono needed back surgery.

AC/DC was number three, followed by Lady Gaga, who's still in her first-ever year as a headlining act.  Others making Billboard's list of the top ten highest-grossing touring acts of the year include The Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor & Carole King, The Eagles and Paul McCartney.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Announce 2011 Inductees

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Will Bon Jovi be named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2011?  Fans will find out next Wednesday.

The hall says it will reveal its inductees for 2011 on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET on its website, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys and Neil Diamond are among the nominees.

Though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, the induction ceremony will again be held in New York City, on March 14.

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Bon Jovi Release 'Greatest Hits,' Rock Band Songs Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi is releasing their Greatest Hits collection on Tuesday but it's a project that Jon Bon Jovi says he only agreed to do as a kind of payback.  He tells ABC News Radio when the band decided to go to Nashville to make their "country" album, Lost Highway, the head of the record company thought it would be a flop.

Jon says the guy told him, "'While you're losing millions of my dollars, would you consider doing a Greatest Hits?'  And I felt bad for him so I said, reluctantly, 'Absolutely!'"

Jon says the way he sees it, the album is a way to introduce a new generation of their fans to their back catalog -- and for those fans who already have the catalog, he and Richie Sambora wrote some new songs for the project, including the current hit, "What Do You Got."  The album's available in two formats: one single-disc 16-song collection with all the big hits, and a two-disc, 28-track Ultimate Collection which features all the chart hits, plus fan favorites.

Jon says, "It was difficult to pick 'Song X' and leave out 'Song Y,' because you can have an emotional attachment to all of them...but the obvious [ones] were the obvious -- the 'Livin' on a Prayers,' the 'Wanted: Dead or Alives.'"

Greatest Hits is actually the second best-of that Bon Jovi has released.  Back in 1994, they put one out called Cross Road.  Since then, of course, the band has scored quite a few additional hits.

Jon says, "It feels rewarding that we're able to have had two volumes of greatest hits in the last 27 years."

The band is also making 12 of their biggest hits available as downloadable content for the new Rock Band 3 video game.  Jon says he's happy that kids can discover their music through the game, but wishes it actually taught them how to play an instrument.  Jon says he's played Rock Band, but isn't too good at it.

He admits, "I'm a professional singer and I have failed my own songs on Rock Band.  More than once!"

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Bon Jovi to Rock YouTube; Fans Pick Set List

Photo Courtesy - BonJovi [dot] com/Island Records/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi is turning to YouTube to let fans around the world check out an intimate concert.  On Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the band will play at New York City's Best Buy theater, and the show will be streamed live via Bon Jovi's YouTube channel,

What's more, for the first time ever, YouTube's moderator tool will let fans contribute to a live concert event's set list.  Fans will be able to submit requests for their favorite songs until Monday, Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  You can send your submissions to the band either through comments or via fan-submitted videos.  Fans will have a chance to vote on all submissions, with the winning songs forming the band's set list.

The concert and streaming event is timed for the global Nov. 9 release of Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits.

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