That time 25-year-old Jon Bon Jovi asked me to say hi to his idol Little Steven, so I did


By Steve Newton

Ever since I decided that’s life’s too short not to spend countless hours poring over ancient tapes of interviews I did with famous rock stars, I’ve uncovered some pretty interesting excerpts.

Interesting to me, anyway.

Like that time back on June 18, 1987, when I did a phone interview with Jon Bon Jovi, while he was touring behind his massively popular, Bruce Fairbairn-produced Slippery When Wet album.

The cool thing is, half an hour after I got off the line with Bon Jovi, I was scheduled to do another “phoner” with Little Steven, who was promoting his heavily political, anti-apartheid album Freedom — No Compromise.

Knowing they were both “Jersey boys”, I mentioned the imminent interview to Bon Jovi, who was adamant that I say howdy to Van Zandt, who he claimed was his idol.

Have a listen:


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