JON BON JOVI on THE TONIGHT SHOW
JL: Alright, my next
guest, big-time rock star and also been in terrific movies like U-571,
currently catch him Monday nights on Ally McBeal, please welcome Jon Bon Jovi!
<Jon walks onto the stage, raises his arms to the crowd, Jay Leno walks
over and they shake hands>
JBJ: (says into Jayís ear as theyíre
shaking hands) You were fearless!
<Jay goes back behind his desk, Jon walks to the first chair next to
thedesk and brushes it off>
JL: Hey, you want . . . (offers Jon
a blue paper that apparently has somekind of animal sprinklings or something
JBJ: (wrinkles nose and waves Jay off) No!
JL: How you been, buddy?
JBJ: Good! Youíre psycho . . . rubbing
heads with that cat (referring to the lynx the exotic animal trainer had on in
the segment before Jon)! (fingers the lapel of his leather jacket) This is one
of your last guests!
JL: Really? There you go!
JBJ: Iím from Jersey, Iím not afraid
of any snake. <Jay laughs> You know, that was wacked, man!
JL: You should have come out here
when the animals were here!
JBJ: I took care of them afterwards! <crowd
laughs> Thatís the poop!
JL: Got bit in the finger . . . .
JBJ: I saw that! Bush babies bite, Iím
telling you,those bupkins (???) are bad, you got to be careful!
JL: Bush babies bite, always
remember that. How you been, everything good?
JBJ: Iím good, Iím really good!
JL: Still riding, still doing the
JBJ: Well, I gotta say, Iím gonna get
outed here on national television, cause my bike is in semi-retirement.
JL: Oh come on, what are you, an
old married man, come on!
JBJ: Any married man . . . .
JL: What, you got a station wagon,
JBJ: No, my bike, I loaned it to Harley,
which I know youíre a big Harley aficionado, but itís going on tour with
Elvisí bike crowd cheers>. Itís in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a
year, so I put it in the Hall and Harleyís taking it out for their hundredth
anniversary. So Iím doing without, you know.
JL: So you walk?
JBJ: No, I just walk around the house
going vroom, vroom, vroom! <makes motorcycle-revving motions with his hands
JL: Now, did you ever get tickets,
were you like acrazy man on a bike or what?
JBJ: Not so much that I was getting
tickets, you get stopped a lot and you take off the helmet and they go "Oh,
that rock star guy." I could get away with murder pretty much in Jersey.
JL: Yeah? Hey, you could do it in
JBJ: Well, LA, I donít know, thereís a
lot morecelebrities there.
JL: Did you ride as a kid?
JBJ: Yeah, Iíve been riding since I was
a little kid,I mean, I got my firstbike when I was 13, I had to earn it, up at
mygrandfatherís house, riding itaround the house and learned to ride then,
and weused to live in Sayreville,New Jersey, it was . . . <crowd cheers>
JBJ: . . .oh yeah, all of you all are from
Sayreville, right? <crowd laughs> But it was a great place to grow up.
It was claypits, so we learnedmotocross back there, in the dirt. Now itís,
ofcourse, you knowneighborhoods.
JL: Right. Did you ever take any
JBJ: Couple times, those are my Kerouac
years. Youknow, those are the bestexperience - anyone who ever rode a bike,
get on itand go cross-country, gofind, in search of Route 66. It was life, you
know.But whoeverís leadingthe pack decides where you pull in, my friend
Obie,who youíve met herebefore, weíre riding in and he sees the
FlintstonesMuseum, and he goes,"weíre going there!" So, you know,
Iíve gotpictures of me like in BarneyRubbleís car going (holds right hand
up and wavesand gives a thumb-up sign).<crowd laughs> Cool!
JL: Where is that, Arizona? Because
thatís the siteof the actualFlintstones excavations, you know, over 5,000
JBJ: Yeah, itís hard now to get the cast
out there,you know, they donít wantto work there anymore. <laughs> But,
um, goingcross country, you find allthings that I donít get to see. You know,
weíreflying to big cities,playing arenas, stadiums, whatever, but you
donítget out to the FlintstonesMuseum.
JL: Yeah, how often though, you
know, the caverns,the big guy with the bigbowling ball, I mean, all that.
JBJ: Right, right, right, right, right.
Iíve beenthere, Iíve been there,see, youíve been there, too.
JL: So now youíre doing the
acting thing, now. Isit more fun than rock androll? It doesnít seem like it
JBJ: Well, first of all, itís like this
game of golf,which I also am notreally fond of. You go there, and people play
golfwhen itís still dark out.Why do they do that? You know, like they show
upand they want to be thereat dawn to hit the ball off the tee and chase it.
Idonít need any morestress in my life! Same thing with acting - theywake me
up at 5 oíclock inthe morning! If this was the band, weíd be going tobed,
now I got to get upat 5!
JL: Right, right, yeah, yeah!
JBJ: You show up, you shoot a scene,
before Iím, thefirst scene is alreadydone already and then the sun comes up,
Iím likewhat the hell, itís like abunch of vampires, you know? <crowd
laughs> AndCalista, like, I think shelives there, I think itís just the
Truman Show forher because she just goesto work every day all day, twelve
hours a day andshe keeps saying "bye" and"hi" and sheís
always there! I show up, I get toleave, and this poor kid .. .
JL: But itís a lot of work,
itís not like, withmusic you play for a couplehours and then, whee! trash
JL: You canítrash your trailer,
you have to comeback to it tomorrow.
JBJ: Thatís true, you know, itís a lot
of work. Theywork very, very hardthere on this TV stuff. But, Iíve been
prettyfearless, you know, you gofrom music to movies, movies to television, I
mean,I had no desire to do TVwhatsoever - when David Kelley gives you a
call,itís like the Godfathercalling, you know, so you jump at the chance...
JBJ: ... I walk into the set the first day
afterbeing asked to do this rolefor a while, and Iím thinking, you know,
this is allright, David Kelleyís apretty hot, cool guy, heís got three TV
shows, Ihear heís married toMichelle Pfeiffer, Iím expecting Iím going
to walkon the set, thereís DavidKelley, big hug, kiss, you know, come on
over, meetmy wife, kind of thing,Iím like all excited, I want to talk about
Grease 2.No. I get on the set,you hear this voice from above, this <pulls
his fistto his mouth to simulatea loudspeaker> "This is David Kelley,
I createdyou." And you go, yeah,youíre God. And so you start doing your
schtick,but these people are wacky.All these people have been together for
five years,theyíre eight episodesin before I even show up, it was a
JL: Youíre the new guy.
JBJ: Yeah, you know, that dancing baby
thing, itísreal, heís got his owndressing room, heís a midget! <crowd
JL: Now the character you play, you
play what, is ita contractor?
JBJ: Yeah, but, you know what Iím
turning into? Youknow that, you rememberthat character Schneider, with Bonnie
. . .
JL: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
JBJ: . . . Iím just always there but I
donít doanything, you know! Theyhanded me a wrench, I didnít know if it
was a wrenchor a plier, Iím underthe sink fixing the sink, the other day I
saidthereís no chance in hell Iídbe ever fixing the sink!
JL: Now, are you a mechanical guy
JBJ: No . . . if the light bulbís . . .
JL: Youíre from Jersey, youíre
a Jersey guy, comeon, Jersey guys can fixstuff!
JBJ: Iím a rock and roll star, you know!
<Jon laughs>If the lightbulb goesdead, I throw out the light! You know!
JBJ: Completely useless! I have more
people thatwork at my house than AT&T.
JBJ: Oh, people here all the time!
JL: Now, I would have guessed
Jersey guy, roll upthe sleeves, yo, put somenew . . .
JBJ: I play a great one on TV, but . . .
JL: Yeah, but no, donít fix
anything at all?
JBJ: No! I wouldnít know how to work,
you know,anything. I could makecoffee in the morning and . . .
JL: Was your dad handy?
JBJ: No. <crowd laughs>
JL: No? So, this is, so the whole
family is just pretty much useless, I guess.
JBJ: Pretty much.
JL: Yeah, yeah, thank God you can
JBJ: I was telling, hereís a good story.
I was going out, I went last week end to, you know the Cub Scouts? The Cub
Scout . . . do you have any sons? You have any sons?
JL: No, I donít have any sons,
but I know the Cub Scouts.
JBJ: They have a Pinewood Derby. Itís a
six-inchblock of wood.
JL: Sure, I know that.
JBJ: A big deal.
was a Cub Scout.
JBJ: So was I. Thirty-five years ago,
thirty-fouryears ago, I was a Cub Scout, and they give a block of wood and
they say "make a car out of this piece of wood." Well, I am haunting
my father tothis day because he didníthelp me make this car, so now itís
my sonís turn.Well, Iíll be damned ifIím not going to go and you know,
fly my plane allthe way back to Jersey,make this car, Iím there, you know,
Iím hanging withmy son, we built thecoolest car ever. But I actually helped.
My sondid more than I did andheís six, but, you know . . . <crowd laughs>
. . .we had a hell of a timeand I got to say I did something handy and
weíretaking a picture togetherand you know, heís got his arm around his
dad, andIíve got my two hands upshowing my wife I didnít cut myself, look,
you know,itís like I still got all my fingers. So thatís about as handy as
Iímable to get.
JL: Do you still have your car?
JBJ: Oh, yeah, because of you I bought a
JL: No, no, but I mean, your small
one, the one that you made?
JBJ: Mine? No, no, no, no, mineís still,
I showed up at the race, the paint was wet, my hands were blue, Iím giving
my father hell over this Christmas about it.
JL: See, my brother was a carpenter,
he could makehis car look like a realcar that was actually, you know, if you
put it on atable, youíd think, oh,that was a real car. Mine, three of the
wheels wereon the same side, youknow, you know what Iím saying, itís not
good, Iwasnít very handy.
JBJ: That was as handy as Iíve ever been.
JL: So you bought the Viper? I told
you youíd like it.
JBJ: I did, I love that car, lookit, we
sound like acommercial - can we get free Vipers, anyone? <Jon, Jay, crowd
JL: But you gotta get tickets in
that. Have youbeen stopped out here with that one?
JBJ: No, but I do like driving around LA
with like the plates from home and driving into the lot and all, I really dig
that car. Itís got a great stereo, itís all about the stereo, air
conditioningand heating and it hasnít broken down out here.
JL: A rock star with out-of-state
plates! You wonít get in trouble!
JBJ: No, no! <laughs>
JL: Well, thanks, you did some
great stuff therewith 9/11, I know you didnítwant to admit it, but it was
great because I knowwhere you live in Jersey,there were an awful lot of people
there that wereaffected, firemen and all.
JBJ: I was there, I was home that morning,
Richie andI were about to startwriting and he was sleeping and you really
didnítknow how to react whenyouíre caught up in it and 163 families in my
countywere affected, you knowkids in my kidsí school and firemen that worked
inthe city, you know that goto school with my kids, um, and as the smoke
waswafting over my home and theother two planes were in the air, I mean,
youreally, it went through yourmind, do you run to the school, is this
Armageddon,you start thinking theworst . . .
JBJ: But fortunately, you know, it
wasnít, as tragicas it was. I delayed thestart of Ally by a month and David
Kelley, ofcourse, understood, because Isaid I have to stay home to do whatever,
whatever Icould, so we did thetelethon, which happened to be next door to a
placewhere I was a gofer in arecording studio 20 years ago. You dreamt
aboutwriting the songs and 20years later, youíre performing those songs for
suchan important night, youknow, and you walked out and saw that
sameplayground, it really had adifferent meaning, you know. But God bless
allthose firemen and policemenand the folks who lost...
JL: Yup. Well, you too, good work,
youíre a goodman. Thank you, Jon! Itísgood knowing you, a pleasure to have
you! <crowdcheers> Be right back with Pete Yorn after this!