Rock star Jon Bon Jovi traded thousands of cheering fans Wednesday night for a quiet circle with a few kids Thursday afternoon.
The singer visited the Oasis Center, Nashville’s only shelter for homeless teens, as part of his effort to understand what he calls “the new face of homelessness in America.”
It’s a Friday night video shoot at the storied Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, and cavernous Soundstage E is rockin’.
Inside a tunnel of billowing white silk and flashing blue lights, Jon Bon Jovi lets loose on “Superman Tonight,” the Jersey boy’s paean to everyday heroes.
Off to the side, Bon Jovi’s longtime lead guitarist, Richie Sambora, watches on a monitor with two extras from Philadelphia. Back in the day, he tells the women, shoots like this were an excuse for blow-your-mind bacchanalia. “It was a lot more fun then,” he laments.
“But Richie, think of how far you’ve come,” one offers cheerily. “It’s Friday night and here you are, hanging out with a nun.”
Sambora answers Sister Mary Scullion with a howl.
CONYERS, GA – April 15, 2010 – On April 14, HomeAid Atlanta and Phoenix Pass dedicated a newly constructed apartment building and community center on the campus of Light House Village in Conyers. The complex will be operated by Phoenix Pass, a nonprofit organization, to provide long-term transitional housing for families, particularly women with children, who are experiencing temporary homelessness in the Conyers/Rockdale County community. Held at the site of the complex, the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was a celebration of the completion of construction on the apartment building, which will provide the first transitional housing in Rockdale County.
The mission was to glean ideas to combat homelessness elsewhere, but rock star Jon Bon Jovi walked away with something more after his surprise visit Thursday to a downtown Minneapolis shelter.
WASHINGTON — Singer Jon Bon Jovi is hoping to rouse the crowds at his concerts into volunteering.
The rock star will promote President Barack Obama’s service initiative “United We Serve” in a video to run at 30 concert venues in the U.S., starting Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AmeriCorps members and volunteers from local nonprofits will also be on hand to talk with concertgoers about how to find or create community service jobs through the program’s Web site.