Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is giving back in a big way with a new passion project benefiting The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. The singer's new restaurant, The Soul Kitchen, aims to feed and empower those who are less fortunate.
Jovi explains, "People are going to bed hungry. This is New Jersey in America... that shouldn't be happening."
As his "Circle" tour is underway in Europe, rocker Jon Bon Jovi opened up to special correspondent Laura Whitmore in part two of "Extra's" exclusive interview.
Bon Jovi is a rock God on the road, performing for about 3.6 million fans, but at home, he's just a dad. In differentiating between the two very different roles, the singer said, "I remember a quote that actually Bono said. He said, 'After the tours are over I stay in a hotel for a week to come down from that thing before I can walk into the kitchen and not expect the kids to applaud.'"
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi sat down in London with "Extra" special correspondent Laura Whitmore to talk about the band's mega world tour, Richie's return to the stage, his upcoming knee surgery, and Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages."
Bon Jovi has been traveling the world on the band's "Circle" tour since February 2010 -- one of the top-grossing tours, banking $150 million (grossing more than tours by Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry combined) and playing to over 3.6 million fans! Being at the top was definitely Jon's goal when the band started playing gigs in the early '80s. Jon explains, "Make no bones about it. When I was a kid I wanted to be a Rolling Stone. That's the level you get to live in three decades later and you deserve to have those things said about you."
Actor Tom Cruise, set to play Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation "Rock of Ages," was seen dining with his good friend Jon Bon Jovi in New York Tuesday night, possibly getting some singing tips from the rocker.
The "Mission: Impossible" actor did sign up for vocal lessons from the guy who trained former Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose. "He's been studying with -- seriously -- Axl Rose's voice teacher like five hours a day," "Rock of Ages" director Adamn Shankman told TheWrap last week. "The prognosis is more than excellent."
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Rocker Jon Bon Jovi gave "Extra" the inside scoop on what he and his family are doing this Thanksgiving.
"Everybody comes to my house, and I deep fry that turkey!" Bon Jovi laughed. "You should try it some time, it's awesome." The whole family also pitches in to help Dad with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.
The singer explained, "The Soul foundation has been up and running for six years. We've built 260 houses and now we've branched out into a restaurant and are feeding low and no income people."
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Singer Jon Bon Jovi, 48, laughs when he's called a sex symbol, because according to his wife, it's the furthest thing from the hard rockin' truth.
"My wife thinks I'm fat and old," he laughed with "Extra" in an exclusive interview, right before he took the 2010 American Music Awards stage Sunday. "But hey, for an old man who has no plastic surgery, still has all his own hair and wears a 30-inch waist, I'm doing okay!"