Jon Bon Jovi Takes SoHo Penthouse Off The Market

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Awhile back, we posted about Jon Bon Jovi’s $45 million SoHo apartment going up for sale. And we’ve now learned that Jon has taken his massive 7,452-square-foot penthouse off the market for now.

The consensus seems to be that the apartment was just priced too high, and even after cutting the price down to $39.9 million this past September, the unit failed to find a buyer.

Leonard Steinberg of Douglas Elliman, who was the listing agent for the penthouse when Bon Jovi bought it for $24 million in 2007, said he felt the home was priced on the higher side.

“I feel certain the sellers and brokers thought so, too, and pushed pricing knowing the owners were not in a hurry to sell,” Steinberg said. “This can work in a rising market, and last year the market was rising swiftly on the high end.”

He predicts that the brokers and sellers will re-list the home in the high-$30 million range – A more realistic figure based on recent signed contracts.

Given that Jon purchased the apartment for $24 million in 2007, even if it were to sell in the low $30 million range, he’ll still walk away with a healthy profit.

Jon Bon Jovi to Headline Howard Stern’s 60th B’day Party

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Legendary shock jock and America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern will celebrate his 60th birthday in style, as Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler and John Fogerty will all be performing at Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash on January 31st. Presented by SiriusXM and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Other celebs honoring the birthday boy include David Letterman and comedian Louis C.K. Stern recently spoke about Bon Jovi on air, saying “I am very excited to see Jon and thank him for that. And also one of my heroes will perform that night — one of the all-time greats. … A guy whose every record I bought when he was in Creedence Clearwater Revival, and later his solo stuff. John Fogerty will come by to perform two great songs. I won’t say what the songs are, [but] we’re really excited about that.”

Stern had previously announced that Tyler would make an appearance but did not divulge what the Aerosmith frontman has planned.

“He’s going to be performing with someone very special,” said Stern. “There’s a lot of superstars coming, but I am a huge, huge fan of Aerosmith’s and of Steven’s. I love the way he interprets a song, and to have him there that night performing is fantastic.”

Sounds like an amazing night planned for the King Of All Media. Happy 60th Howard!

Richie Sambora Appears At “From Hollywood With Love”

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Richie Sambora appeared at From Hollywood with Love on Saturday, a fundraiser for the Midnight Mission which is commemorating its 100th anniversary of serving the Los Angeles region’s neediest population. Richie has been a long-time supporter of the Mission, and was even awarded the 2012 The Golden Heart Award by the organization.

His performance at the show included songs off his newest album Aftermath of the Lowdown, as well as covers of classics by Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, and the Allman Brothers alongside guitarist Orianthi. The event was hosted by Kevin Nealon and featured Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Vivino, Jason Sinay and many more.

Here are a few more photos from his performance:
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New Clip from Richie’s Performance on FOX SPORTS

Richie Sambora was up to some cool stuff this past weekend that we thought you guys would enjoy. Yesterday, he performed a fun little tune on FOX Sports paying tribute to San Diego Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers’ bolo ties, which have been receiving quite a bit of attention during this playoff season.

Check out the video here:

Bon Jovi Tops the List of “Pollstar’s” Top 20 Worldwide Tours

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Bon Jovi had the highest-grossing tour in the world in 2013, according to Pollstar, with their Because We Can tour grossing $259.5 million this year, the highest total in the band’s career. And they did it without guitarist Richie Sambora, who sat out most of the trek.

Beyonce came in second, taking in a total of $188.6 million. Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen round out the top five.

There were a couple of newcomers to the list, according to Pollstar. One Direction nabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, and Bruno Mars wound up at number 17, with $72.4.

2013 set a record for world tours. Altogether, the top 20 worldwide tours took in $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. According to Pollstar, that’s a 24% increase ($470.6 million) over the $1.96 billion generated in 2012.

There were, however, fewer artists who saw big paydays. Thirteen tours grossed over $100 million in 2012, while just six matched that mark this year.

Congrats to Bon Jovi for this epic achievement!

Richie Sambora and Stevie Wonder Duet at Hollywood Christmas Parade

Check out this video clip of Richie Sambora and Stevie Wonder performing a duet of “Silent Night” at the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

Richie also played his own set, which included his hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” and the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me.” The star-studded parade airs nationwide on more than 350 stations in the coming 2 weeks (many on Dec 22 and Christmas Day). Check your local listings or click here for air dates and times. It will also air on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Dec 20th at 5pm ET/PT, 4pm CT & Dec 24th at 11am ET/PT, 10am CT.

On playing with Stevie, Richie says, “It is almost beyond words. He was the guy that I emulated when I was a boy, and he taught me how to sing. It was an honor to meet your teacher. The first thing I did was whisper in his ear, ‘I’m sure you get this a lot, but you were my inspiration as a singer.’ The first thing he said is, ‘You do the first verse!’”

Taylor Swift & Prince William Sing “Livin’ On a Prayer” With Bon Jovi

Watch as Prince William sings Livin’ on a Prayer with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift at the Winter Whiets Gala charity ball at Kensington Palace. He’s got the (slightly nervous) voice of an angel at the Winter Whites Gala charity ball at Kensington Palace, but we reckon a few butterflies are understandable!

Is Jon Bon Jovi Interested In Purchasing The Buffalo Bills?

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According to various news sources, Jon Bon Jovi is consumed with buying an NFL team, and he’s currently angling to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale.

In recent months, Jon has been spotted with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and he’s attended various meetings with NFL bigwigs across the country. In the past, he nearly became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons, but this time around he’s aiming to be the principal owner of a team.

While Jon Bon Jovi is a wealthy man for sure, it remains to be seen if he has capital required to meet that threshold of ownership.

Personally, I think Jon should move the team to NJ, rename them the NJ Bills, and change the logo to a Property Tax Form. Finally, New Jersey would have a team that represents the state!

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Bon Jovi Returns To The Charts Thanks To Viral Video

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Thanks to an impassioned viral video of a Celtics fan lip-synching to “Livin’ On A Prayer” in Boston’s TD Garden, Bon Jovi’s 1986 #1 hit has returned to the Billboard Hot 100 at #25.

Even though it’s been 26 years since the song topped the charts for four weeks, the viral clip of fan Jeremy Fry performing an intense air-guitar while mouthing the words to the song down the stands helped bring the anthem back to the forefront. The video has been around on the web for a few years, but thanks to renewed viral interest last week, the video racked up more than 12 million views this month and boosted the song to over 5.1 million streams in the U.S. last week, according to the Nielsen BDS.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” also landed at No. 5 on the Streaming Songs chart and saw an 11 percent increase in downloads this week.

If you missed this viral video, you can watch it below:

Richie Sambora Performs At Three Different Events (Video)

Richie Sambora has been a busy guy since his split with Bon Jovi, performing at three separate events over the past few weeks. And we’ve got videos from each of ‘em!

Richie Sambora Makes History at 2013 Breeders’ Cup:

Richie Sambora Performs at Melbourne Cup:

Richie Sambora Performs “Dead or Alive” for the Dream Foundation: