Stalking Bon Jovi in New Jersey :)

I wanna lay you down in a bed of roses...
For the night I sleep on a bed of nails...

Remember this song?
Yuuup, Bed of roses...beautifully sung by Bon Jovi..

Well, to get straight to the point, I am such a big fan....

I have most of their albums (in cassettes and CDs, back to the 90 ;) ) and I do remember those lyrics. I keep singing their songs whenever I have the chance in the band or wild karaoke night..

I remember when I was in high school, I gotta chance to actually see their live performance!  Oh my gosh. ..Bon Jovi performing live! Quite a dream come true :).
I was luckily saving enough money to buy the ticket, come to Jakarta, and watch their concert in Ancol. 
Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora, Alex John Such and David Bryan...welcome to Indonesia :)


the complete formation :)
I remembered singing along with the band for more than 2 hours and there was a guy, big, bouncer body and tattoos and hard look on his face. And guess what...by the time Jon was serenading us with Bed of Roses, he was crying like a baby! I was so taken a back and didn't know what to react...laughing out loud or crying together with him :).

What a great memory!  

So, while we're here in the US, I really hope we can see Bon Jovi performing live again. Meanwhile, he's also living in SoHo apartment here in NYC and his lovely hometown, New Jersey, is just an-hour drive from Astoria :). 

After searching in TripAdvisor, where I'm one of their senior contributors :), about all Bon Jovi-related places in New Jersey, I got this long list of places associated to this band. All set then...



it was such a ling list indeed. But our heart was set, so on one lovely weekend, we went to New Jersey and started our mini adventure ;0).

We started with the childhood house of Jon. Got its complete address,  put it on waze and voila,  we were right in front of it :) 

A lovely 2-story house in lovely neighborhood of Seryeville, New Jersey.
nice house indeed :)

Then, while Rudi, Bo et Obi were waiting in the car, I took the liberty to take selfie in front of it :). You know what they say...no photo is a hoax :). 

cheeeers...


We managed to browse around the neighborhood but the kids said they were hungry. So we were quite determined for the next destination.

 

Next on our list was Roadside Diner, where the band had the photo session for their album Crossroad. Located in Route 33/34 West in Wall Township.




It was surprisingly small and very intimate...love it! 
We were greeted by a friendly lady and we have many other customers as well at that time. 

the cover and the original diner :)


The interior of the diner was dominated by red, it matched my rocker hubby's jacket that day. So, I asked him to pose for us and he did :). 

While waiting to order, I took the liberty to look around and saw some memorabilia from Bon Jovi in this diner :). Including this precious old photo with the complete signature of the band. 





So, the kids wanted to have burgers, cheese fries and hot choco milk. 

Bo and Obi devoured those plates with no complaints.















I get all those fresh cut fries and big plate of fresh veggies plus pickles. A typical American plate that you will definitely love. 

We enjoyed the cheese fries  as well, with pepper jack, my fave :). 






french fries with cheese...







While enjoying our warm food, the weather outside was brightly freezing. 
So we really took our time inside this cozy diner and peeked the list again. 
And we took more pictures as well here and there, as always :).








Obi, Jon (on the wall) and I :)

in front of the diner :)

Of course we still have a lot on the list, but we decided to head to Asbury Park and see the Stone Pony, one of the clubs where the band was performing on their early career.

It was another 20 minutes drive from the diner but Asbury Park, by the North Atlantic Ocean, is beautiful. It was just the freezing wind that stop me from exploring the area. And the sleepy kids :)


If only the weather were warm...






So, we only managed to stay around for a while and took picture of the Stone Pony from outside. 




Well, we had to cut the tour short but we were quite content with our trip today. We might want to come back pretty soon and try the Soul Kitchen, Jon's restaurant that provides food for free. And I will definitely keep an eye for their next concert here in NYC :)...


DO you like Bon Jovi as well? Will you sing a long with me...


Shot through the heart, and your to blame, baby...

You give love a bad name ...








27 comments:

  1. Mama Boo poto2nya baguus, bikin mupeng penegn nyusul dirimu ke sanaa

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  2. Aduh mak, foto makanannya bikin laperrr, wkwkwkkk

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  3. Aaaak seruuuu. Suasananya kayak di film little miss sunshine deh :D

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    1. iya yaaa pung...aku malah ngg ngeh heheee..

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  4. wow, amazing story and also picture, looks Obi pretty small-girl :) Always be cheerful mama Bo ^_^

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  5. Aaaaah, Bon Jovi.
    Suka, walau enggak suka-suka banget, tapi yang namanya anak 80-an, enggak mungkin kan nggak suka sama Bon Jovi :D

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    1. iyaaa maaak..lagunya bikin meleleeeeh hehehe

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  6. I guess i was just 10 years old when i heard bonjovi for the first time.and i was instantly fallin in love with him..he was the reason i studied English mbak haha.....
    Whenever i played their song in my classes i always told my students that Bonjovi is the love of my life. Next time you drive around the neighborhood would you pleeeeeaaasseeeee write my name n send my love to him?? :p

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  7. OMG....I am biggest fan of Bon Jovi since I was 14....never say good bye....never say good bye...you give a love a bad name...hahaha....this romeo is bleeding you can"t see his blood this nothing but some feeling this old dog kick up...living on prayer...o yeaah...Jon...was the type of man I wanted to be my lover...sooo long ago :D....it's so great to see your pictures...remind me of my sweet rock n roll days

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  8. Aku suka "thank u for loving me"...
    Mama bo & Obi, aku envy bgt.. ah, kapan bisa kesana ya --"

    Tfs, Mak

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  9. Aku suka "thank u for loving me"...
    Mama bo & Obi, aku envy bgt.. ah, kapan bisa kesana ya --"

    Tfs, Mak

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  10. Jamanku remaja dulu grup band ini ngetop banget.. mengusung genre musik rock banyak digandrungi anak muda.. Kalo aku sih tak begitu suka lagu2 rock..tapi aku tahu banyak ttg grup musi ini... Namanya juga lagi ngetop hampir seluruh majalah remaja ketika itu sering menulis liputannya saat pentas...

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  11. So sweet mbaakk...
    Aaaaaaaaa...... Ngiler dehh

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  12. Oh em ji.... itu makanannya bikin ngeces pagi-pagi gini. :)

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  13. I LOVE Bon Jovi, since I was in middle school. I can sing a long most of their songs. Fun fact about Jon Bon Jovi....I think he is the only man on planet that keep getting sexier as he is getting older. Or was I wrong? :-)

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  14. bon jovi musisi legendaris...keren foto-fotonya mak...

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  15. Love Bon Jovi! His son actually goes to Notre Dame, which is 5 minutes from my house. Jon comes to the football games every once in a while. Taylor Swift's brother goes there as well and she was here last summer. We get quite a few celebrities here in town going to the campus, but I have yet to see any of them in person. They are always very gracious with their time when our news crews interview them.

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  16. ngiler ama makanannya aku makkkk

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  17. Aduh makanannya bikin ngeces, jadi laper *abaikan Bon Jovi hihihi :D

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  18. aaa, Bon Joviii! Hampir semua lagu-lagunya, saya suka :)

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  19. Stocking Jon Bon Jovi sounds exciting! LOL I do like his music.

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  20. I've tried not to read this coz I'll get really jealous. But I'm sooo curious coz I luuuuv him :))

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  21. weitttsss...gaya papa udi nggak kuatin...
    mbak..ketauan umurnya suka bon jovi *mlipir

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  22. Whoaa keren!! Bon Jovi legend banget jadi pasti rasanya deg2an gimana gitu gak mba melihat sendiri 'kampung halaman" mereka? Ih jadi pengen juga

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