Political fundraisers are not always as star-studded as the Democratic National Convention was this year, but those backing Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, for New Jersey governor got a special treat on Friday: a lakeside concert featuring none other than rocker and Sayreville native Jon Bon Jovi. Jon performed a stripped down acoustic version of the Bon Jovi hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer” with New Jersey-based singer songwriter Carl Gentry.
Jon also posed with fans:
On the political front, Jon, who lives in Middletown, has also been an active supporter of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, appearing with her alongside New Jersey Senator Cory Booker at an event in Newark in June, where he said, “I just like to refer to her as Mrs. C. I hope that soon we will be calling her Madame President.” Here’s the speech he gave:
People reported that during a concert in New York in July, he joked that, “I’m gonna be the Secretary of Entertainment when Mrs. Clinton gets in.”
— Newsday (@Newsday) August 13, 2016
But Jon doesn’t only look to politics as a way to create change; he’s been extremely active with using his fame to help his fellow Garden State residents. For his work with his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation nonprofit, which operates community restaurants in Red Bank and Toms River and works to “combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair,” Jon will be receiving the Clinton Global Citizen Award at a ceremony on September 19. According to Billboard, “In addition to Bon Jovi, the event will feature special appearances by opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who will perform with the Voices of Haiti Choir and Sister Mary Scullion, who will present an award to Bon Jovi; Randy Jackson will serve as musical producer for the event.”
While Jon has contributed in a huge way toward making New Jersey a better place, he’s still also a musician at heart. Bon Jovi’s fourteenth studio album, This House Is Not For Sale, goes on sale October 21, and the band has been posting about the first single and video (the one with Jon looking sexy in the shower!) on social media. The band is expected to launch a worldwide tour in support of the album in 2017, though concert dates haven’t been announced yet. Given his political fundraiser performance for Murphy and ardent campaigning for Clinton, perhaps Jon will be giving a concert on the White House lawn next?