Bon Jovi paid tribute to the late great Chuck Berry during the band's concert on March 18 in Columbus, Ohio, at Quicken Loans Arena. The legendary New Jersey rocker dedicated the rock n' roll pioneer's signature song “Johnny B. Goode” to Berry, who died at age 90 from natural causes at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri on Saturday.
Billboard reports on March 19 that frontman Jon Bon Jovi revealed that he had performed Berry's classic 1958 single as a teenager at his first talent contest. Bon Jovi later played on bill with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at the opening ceremonies in September 1,1995 for the Rock Hall's new museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
In the 3:36 minute fan-shot video, drummer Tico Torres pounds out a beat on the tom-toms as the charismatic singer pays homage to Berry during the song's introduction. As the Bon Jovi's winds up the dedication, Torres stops dead and Phil X slashes into the song's instantly familiar double-stop guitar intro as the crowd roars its approval with Jon Bon Jovi stepping into the first verse, singing, “Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans/Way back up in the woods among the evergreens.”
"Mr. Berry, thank you for everything," Bon Jovi says as he closes the opening tribute. "God bless you."
The “Livin' on a Prayer' hitmakers kicked off their 2017 North American tour on Feb. 8 in Greenville, South Carolina. The multi-platinum sellers are touring in support of their chart-topping studio album This House Is Not For Sale, which dropped on Nov. 4, 2016 via Island/UMG.
Bon Jovi recently released a live edition of This House Is Not For Sale, dubbed 'Live From London Palladium,” which hit shelves Dec. 16, 2016 via Island Records and also reissued their entire back catalogue in a new vinyl box set titled "Bon Jovi: The Albums," which was released Feb. 10 via UMG. For more information, click here.
The summer leg will continue March 22 in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will wrap up April 14 in Denver at Pepsi Center. Tickets for select Bon Jovi events are available at AXS. For the all latest details on Bon Jovi, click here.