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Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi Book Out Today

NEW YORK — For the very first time, the revealing inside story of Bon Jovi’s life on the road and the band’s rise to superstardom is being told. Authored by original tour manager Rich Bozzett, Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi gives a first-hand account of the band’s early years. Complete with never-seen-before photos, the book takes you from the group’s first performances as an opening act in front of a few hundred people to selling more than 130 million records and performing for more than 34 million fans worldwide.

According to Bozzett, who traveled with the band from 1983 through 1989 during the band’s rise to fame, little has been known about the early years and how Jon and the band made their way to stardom.

“Jon has never wanted to talk about the band’s early years, but now his fans can finally read – and see through never-before-released photographs – what life on the road was like,” says Bozzett.

“As tour manager, I lived with the band and saw it all – from the incredible fan support to how Jon and the band dealt with the drugs, alcohol and sex that were all part of that world.”

Through Bozzett’s meticulous recounting of the 1980’s, you can now learn all that it took for Bon Jovi to become one of the world’s biggest rock bands in history, including details on how the Slippery When Wet tour saved the band from financial chaos and how in-fighting and overwork led to its two-year breakup in 1990.

True to its title, the book provides details that are in sharp contrast to Bon Jovi’s “white-bread” image, including Jon’s use of drugs before and after each show and the unintended effects they had on him, and how the band was linked to one of the nation’s largest cocaine and marijuana drug smuggling operations at the time, leading to frequent run-ins with airline security and the D.E.A., including strip searches of Jon.

Included among the hundreds of color and b/w pictures are never-before-released photographs that give fans and music historians a glimpse into the early days of the band, with members touring, partying and relaxing with friends and family as few outside the circle of the band have ever seen them. Also included are scandalous photos that the author kept under wraps for over 20 years to protect the then nascent band’s image.

The book is available online for $24.95 plus shipping and handling at and can also be purchased at

from – Jon Bon Jovi is furious that he failed to make it onto two widely followed 2010 Forbes magazine top celebrity lists.

The singer was left off the much-publicized “Power 100” roster of the world’s most powerful celebrities in June topped by Oprah Winfrey. Then he was aghast when he didn’t make it onto the “Musicians’ Rich List,” led by rival rockers U2 last week.

A source told us: “Jon kicked up a huge fuss and got his people to complain. He couldn’t understand why he didn’t make the musicians list since Bon Jovi has been touring nonstop since February. Their contemporaries U2 and Bruce Springsteen were on the list. Even Britney Spears was No. 5, and she hasn’t done anything this year.”

Forbes’ list of 12 of 2010’s top-earning musicians came out on July 16. U2 was top with an estimated $130 million earned on worldwide tour. Next came AC/DC with $114 million and Beyoncé Knowles with $87 million. Springsteen came in fourth with $70 million, and Spears — who’s barely worked since her “Circus” world tour ended in November — placed fifth with $64 million.

Forbes confirmed to Page Six that Bon Jovi’s people had complained and explained: “Forbes estimated each act’s earnings between June 2009 and June 2010 and included revenue streams such as concert dates, merchandise sales, licensing fees, music sales, and publishing royalties. Bon Jovi didn’t tour for eight of those months.” The group’s two-year world tour started in February this year, with 28 dates played before the Forbes deadline.

But a Bon Jovi rep denied he was upset and claimed, “That’s ridiculous. Last year, the band took an eight-month break from touring, so there was no expectation that they would rank on this year’s list.

“Next year, different story — their current tour is No. 1 in North America right now and No. 2 worldwide.”


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