Rockers Bon Jovi are being sued for a whopping $400 billion after an American musician filed a lawsuit accusing the band of plagiarism. In court documents filed on Thursday, Massachusetts-based musician Samuel Bartley Steele alleges the group of copied lyrics from his 2004 song "(Man I Really) Love This Team" - used as the anthem for his hometown's baseball team, The Red Sox. Steele alleges the group's frontman Jon Bon Jovi heard the song while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, and used its lyrics to create his hit song "I Love This Town" - which was later used as a promotional track for Major League Baseball. Steele calls the rocker's composition an "unauthorized derivative version" of his song in the federal suit. In court documents reportedly obtained by the website, Steele adds, "As intent will be easy to prove, we are seeking the statutorily authorized amount of $100,000 per CD sold. Just under 4 million CDs have been sold to date. This totals almost $400 billion."
"It was back in the 1980's when Denny Holan and I were recording our pre-production demos for Atlantic Records with Merri Hoaxx. We had just finished tracking a studio session that included our original song "I'll Be There For You". We left Paramount Studios in Hollywood with a cassette tape of rough mixes and headed straight for The Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset. When we got there we gave the tape to Michael to put on the Bar's sound system, it was the classic "Is It Worthy" test for demos and mixes that a lot of bands used to gage their nights work. We'd always pop on the song and listen for the sounds then we would watch to see if people were digging the songs. The place was definitely digging the songs that night. I ran into Sam Kinison who asked me to come back to his table and hang out. So while our tape was playing, we sat at the table in the back with Sam, Jon Bon Jovi, Peter Aykroyd (Dan's brother) and Doc McGee, etc... Johnny gave us this line of BS that if we gave him this tape he would take it to his uncle at Polydor Records and try to get us out on tour with him. Full article at http://www.sleazeroxx.com/news08/0810bon.shtml
Rockers Bon Jovi continue massive tour, and add new dates to 2008 concert itinerary. Band is giving shows in Canada up to the middle of December, and goes to International leg visiting Japan, Australia and New Zealand in January. US leg kicks off February 18 in Omaha (NE), and stretches to the end of April. Rock band Hedley supports Bon Jovi on Canadian concerts. Daughtry is announces as openner of American shows. Bon Jovi is touring in support of their latest release, Lost Highway, which hit stores in June, and spawned singles “Lost Highway”, “Summertime”, “(You Want To) Make a Memory”, and “Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore”. Bon Jovi Tickets Bon Jovi 2007/2008 Tour Dates 12/9/2007 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre 12/10/2007 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre 12/12/2007 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place 12/13/2007 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome 12/15/2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place 12/16/2007 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place 2/18/2008 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center 2/20/2008 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills 2/21/2008 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center 2/23/2008 - Chicago, IL - United Center 2/24/2008 - Chicago, IL - United Center 2/26/2008 - Chicago, IL - United Center 2/28/2008 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 3/2/2008 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center 3/3/2008 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center 3/7/2008 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 3/8/2008 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 3/10/2008 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre 3/15/2008 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena 3/18/2008 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 3/19/2008 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 3/31/2008 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 4/2/2008 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion 4/4/2008 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 4/5/2008 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 4/9/2008 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 4/11/2008 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena 4/14/2008 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 4/15/2008 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center 4/20/2008 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena 4/22/2008 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 4/24/2008 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center 4/26/2008 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center 4/27/2008 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum 4/30/2008 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Hard rockers Bon Jovi release new CD this summer, and arrange some tour dates. Tour schedule starts will May 26 headlining performance on the annual Tiger Jam concert in Las Vegas. Bon Jovi’s forthcoming album Lost Highway is due to hit shelves June 19. “(You Want to) Make a Memory”, new single from the album, is on the air since late March. In July Bon Jovi plans to play at some festivals, and to perform at Live Earth concert at East Rutherford (NJ), which aimed to bring people’s attention to climate crisis. Tour itinerary is below. Bon Jovi current lineup is Jon Bon Jovi (lead vocals), Richie Sambora (lead/rhythm guitar), David Bryan (keyboards), Tico Torres (drums), Hugh McDonald (bass), Bobby Bandiera (rhythm guitar), Jeff Kazee (additional keyboards), Lorenza Ponce (violin). Bon Jovi Tickets Bon Jovi 2007 Tour Dates 5/26/2007 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Resort 7/5/2007 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest 7/7/2007 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium (Live Earth) 7/11/2007 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome 7/20/2007 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days 7/21/2007 - Eau Claire, WI - Country Jam USA
Bon Jovi's sold 292,000 copies of "Lost Highway" in the week ended June 24 topping U.S. album charts for the first time since 1988. The rock duo, White Stripes debut No 2, their personal best with their latest release. This is the groups biggest one week sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991.The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi's third No. 1 album, joining 1988's "New Jersey" and 1987's "Slippery When Wet." Bon Jovi big jump is sales can be contributed to the group's new country fanbase, and with winning the Grammy for the 2006 hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home" featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.Bon Jovi - Lost Highway - Song + Cover