The gems, the gems…. My friends we ve hit the jackpot

Pop quiz: Which Jon will break your heart into a thousand pieces?

Now I’m not going to lie to you! 
As soon as I came up with this project idea, 2,5 days ago;
Of course I knew this was going to be good.
And beyond, beyond.
But that at the same time, I would not be able to oversee it. That I just had to  have faith, and take it one step at a time.

So what happened?
Well, summer 2019, I started two projects:
One was Rock Star Yoga, later refined to a Bon Jovi series on YouTube and this blog, which was entirely free.
And the other project was under my pen name, where I would travel back in time 25 years, and keep a diary as my 22 year old self.

Both projects immediately felt “right” and “aligned”; 
Yet neither one of them hit the mark, completely.
They did not fly the way I expected they would, but they stayed on the radar. They developed. And then after eight months on May 5th, I – probably inadvertently- connected the wires of the two separate projects and the sparks reached to the ceiling! 

I had hit the jackpot, and I knew it.

The Rock Star Yoga Bon Jovi series on my YouTube was not supposed to cover the entire Bon Jovi body of work, moving from decade to decade.
And it wasn’t even supposed to be about yoga!
It was supposed to be about just Bon Jovi, and just one time.
25 Years ago.

And boy what I found there…. The These Days World Tour 1995 – 1996
It must be one of the best, most extensive, and considering the time probably one of the best documented rock n roll tours in history.

And all praise goes to Bon Jovi for this, of course: 
The only thing that is my idea, is to revisit it, that’s all.
It were their concerts, and it is thanks to them being so generous in sharing their music, that this project takes place.
Try setting up a similar thing for Guns N Roses, and you will find YouTube content being decimated and restricted.
Bon Jovi has betted on being less aggressive in executing their copy rights, and it has paid off. Multiple people/ accounts seem to be working around the clock professionally remastering old material.
Bon Jovi is being curated, decades deep into their past, thanks to the efforts of fans. And I think it is this daring choice to work with the fans and not against them, that is making my work very easy.
If you make a project of revisiting old Bon Jovi concerts, you cannot screw it up even if you wanted to.

And so the project started.
The 1995 Bon Jovi Concert Series.
And although for a while, I considered using the word “stories” for example instead of “series”, I decided against it.
We all have our own way of looking at it.
And emphasizing beforehand that I was in it for the narrative and not to count audience size or to come up with the best set-list analysis;
Oh well, that would be clear soon enough.

click for the “Of course I got this” Always in Seoul, May 10 1995

Right now it’s, like I said, 2,5 days after I came up with the idea, and I ve already shot an introduction for my YouTube, and the first episode, about the concert yesterday, in Jakarta Indonesia.
I m already preparing the next two shows:
Tomorrow will be Singapore, of which no video material is available.
But Sunday will be Seoul, South Korea.
And this concert is largely documented.
There are some cuts, indicating some songs may be missing. It is in this show that I had my first “OMG I Can’t Believe This!”- Moment.

I was totally intrigued and in a way also comforted.
That although 1995 Jon Bon Jovi had really been THAT good, THAT invincible, and that his voice had been in mint condition;
2019 Jon won when it came to heart…

click for the heartbreaking Always in Nijmegen June 13, 2019

There is a recording of Jon singing Always in 2019, a time when the song was even more rarely performed than in the nineties, because now more than ever, he needed to save his voice.
But this recording was so much more intense and emotional, than the 1995 had been..
Whatever he had lost in range, he had gained in his ability to build up the tension and savor the moment.
The talent to bring you into his space and be with you;
And to then reach for your heart, and leave you crying your eyes out.

Comparing the two videos, Seoul 1995 and Nijmegen 2019, shows us not the value of youth.
But power of maturity.

~Suzanne 

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