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Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

Date: Apr 05 2010

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Third Conditional

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Back in his hair band days, Jon Bon Jovi was a teenage heartthrob. It’s pretty amazing that he’s still a heartthrob today, over twenty years after he started his band Bon Jovi. Of course, the average age of his fans has gone up a couple decades, too.

Bon Jovi has changed its sound significantly since the 80s. They now play softer, more mom-friendly music. Find out if Beren and Marni think the band can still rock.

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Beren

Beren

Marni

Marni

Marni:  So if you had told the ten-year-old me in 1986 that 20 years later Bon Jovi would still be this huge band, I never would have believed you. And yet, they’re huge!

Beren:  No, they are huge. They’re probably the biggest, you know, band of their genre, still around and still touring. Still putting out albums.

Marni:  Well, I think that’s kind of the fascinating thing about them. They’ve got their 11th studio album out now, it’s called The Circle, and I think they’ve really transformed themselves into a basic like easy listening kinda softer rock band.

Beren:  Yeah, really ballad-y. Safe for mom.

Marni:  Very safe.

Beren:  Almost adult contemporary but still rock.

Marni:  Yeah. They’ve got a very interesting niche, if you will. And it seems to work, people love ‘em.

Beren:  Yeah.

Marni:  “Livin’ on a Prayer,” classic karaoke song.

Beren:  It is a classic karaoke song. I actually saw Bon Jovi in concert with my best friend’s mom.

Marni:  Wow.

Beren:  Yeah, she took me to the show. Nobody else wanted to go.

Marni:  Yeah?

Beren:  It was incredible.

Marni:  Was it crazy mayhem? Girls like tearing off their shirts?

Beren:  Moms were tearing off their shirts.

Marni:  Nice.

Beren:  Like, 50-year-olds.

Marni:  Yeah.

 

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Marni was a fan of Bon Jovi in the ‘80s. She’s surprised that the band is still so popular. Beren agrees that Bon Jovi is still a big success. Their more recent music is softer and more accessible than the heavy rock they used to play. The band just released a new album called The Circle.

Beren recently went to a Bon Jovi concert with her friend’s mom. Most of the other people at the show were older than Beren. There were a lot of middle-aged women who looked like they could be moms, too. But these moms went crazy over Bon Jovi.

Are you a fan of Bon Jovi? Do you prefer their new music or their heavier songs from the ‘80s? Do you and your parents like the same type of music?

 

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Vampire girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love them

05:25 AM Dec 21 2012 |

darnessa

darnessa

Poland

Oh, I like Bon Jovi so much!! He’s one of the best singers on the whole world. ;D


I love his all songs, especially ‘It’s my life’. <3

09:16 AM Aug 31 2012 |

manik athawale

India

When some buddy became so popular then he or she forget old days and old friends so I don’t like so as to

01:24 AM Mar 10 2012 |

EstebanM

EstebanM

Colombia

Sure, How not to love Bon Jovi!! They're part of our lives and their music is soundtrack of a lot of nice moments in 80's and 90's.

06:46 PM Jul 15 2010 |

Ozzalina

Ozzalina

Georgia

I was a fan of Bon Jovi a few years ago, I still love this band, but prefer the old songs. I think they have more energy, power and spirit of true hair rock!

01:51 PM Jul 08 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Yeah I really like some Bon Jovi music's as "livin on a prayer and Blaze of Glory" pretty cool musics…I really prefer his havier musics from 80's…

No no I don't have the same taste of music than my parents hehe ;)

01:35 PM May 07 2010 |

Mimi_Paradin

Japan

i've been to their concert once <3 that was early 90s i believe. i love them!!

05:26 AM Apr 11 2010 |

myrumba

myrumba

Argentina

BON JOVI: I LOVE YOU!!!!!

10:42 PM Apr 10 2010 |

arinta

arinta

Indonesia

Bon Jovi rocks!! Yell

09:32 PM Apr 09 2010 |

n.mahdizadeh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i searched in the net and i doanloaded some songs,i think bon jovi is good

11:03 AM Apr 09 2010 |

n.mahdizadeh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i'm not fan of bon jovi…

10:39 AM Apr 09 2010 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

i love Bon Jovi. i still fell the same felling when i was kid hearing Always. though, my favorite song is Living on a prayer.

03:09 PM Apr 08 2010 |

Dragon01

Dragon01

Russian Federation

I'm not fond of heavy metal but some of their songs are very good

06:28 AM Apr 08 2010 |

euden-d

Bhutan

Well I have never listened to the new music of Bon Jovi yet but I would like to in future. I have never liked the heavier songs from the 80"s though. Or maybe I would have loved them if I ever have listened more attentively.

02:42 PM Apr 06 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i like bon jovi !!!!

"bed of roses" was and still is the best song.

02:33 PM Apr 06 2010 |

mardyyang

China

i like bon jovi for long time , my favorite song is ALWAYS, i'm keep learning of it .but tune si high

05:42 AM Apr 06 2010 |

point break

Japan

They must be nice guys! It's difficult to go on as a group so long. We weren't born to follow , common ….....?

 

 

12:14 AM Apr 06 2010 |

jiuwilliam

China

Sorry, just now I made a mistake, the word should be "heard", not "heared".

07:45 PM Apr 05 2010 |

jiuwilliam

China

Sorry, I haven't heared of it. But I think he's great through this passage.

07:42 PM Apr 05 2010 |

MsCleo

MsCleo

Egypt

I'm a big fan of 80s and 70s music (: I heart Bon Jovi

02:47 PM Apr 05 2010 |

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