Numerous rock stars have paid tribute to Jon Bon Jovi Friday evening during a gala evening when he was awarded the award of MusiCares 2024person of the year, award given to artists who, beyond their musical production, stand out for philanthropic initiatives.
On the occasion of the evening many artists took to the stage to perform.
Also among the guests Bruce Springsteen , present although struck a few days earlier by the death of his mother Adele at the age of 98. Bon Jovi performed “Who Says You Ca n’t Go Home” and “Promised Land” with his friend and colleague from New Jersey, who Jon described as his “hero and mentor” and who was awarded MusiCares Person of the Year in 2013.
In addition to Springsteen, they took to the stage Hagar with Orianthi to the tune of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” while Wolfgang Van Halen and his band Mammoth WVH contributed their version of “Have a Nice Day”. Jason Isbell performed, with a double-body guitar, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, Shania Twain played “Bed of Roses”, Jelly Roll he reread “Bad Medicine” in his own way and Melissa Etheridge sang “Blaze of Glory”. At the end of the show a choral version “Livin’ on a Prayer” in which almost all the artists present at the evening took part.
A smiling person in the audience Paul McCartney.
Bon Jovi and his band also presented a for the first time new song unpublished entitled “Legendary“, which is expected to be featured on the band’s yet-to-be-announced next studio album.
A much-rumored reunion on stage with Richie Sambora, the former guitarist of Bon Jovi who left the group in 2014, did not materialize. People Magazine reported that Sambora was caring for her elderly mother, who recently broke her hip in a fall at home.