30 minutes of heaven | EP Man – Bas Beenackers, solo debut

The album presentation in a chapel in Oud-Zuilen. Little bear Puux and me posted our collage on Twitter.

Before I left the after party to the album presentation of “Man”, from Utrecht’s My Blue Van frontman Bas Beenackers, I asked him how bad he would feel if my post about his first solo record resulted in a call to plug it in, amp it the f up, and to wake up the neighbors?
On a scale from 1 to 10?
Because in theory, that is what I do best.

In a not so long ago past, when I still felt I could develop something called Rock Star Yoga (I no longer feel that, I feel like I need to give it a rest. My years-long involvement has not benefited it, and I trust it will find its form in my absence so I can pick it up when I know what it is), someone once asked me how I was going to combine yoga and Bon Jovi, suggesting if maybe “the philosophy” was going to be Bon Jovi’s?
Although it wasn’t meant as a serious suggestion, I answered;
“Well, yeah! It kind of is!”

Because Bon Jovi’s active, push back, go get ’em approach IS exactly what yoga has been lacking!
It’s the directionless “just feel what it does to you” approach, that had unwittingly been depleting me all along.
And that I for one, desperately needed out, before it was ever going to work again between me and yoga.   

The energy of Bon Jovi’s anthems were, and are, the perfect antidote to the feeling I lost myself, during my yoga career.
I was okay, and then one career later, it had destroyed me.
I went in a grown woman sure of herself, with a Tommie by her side, and we had each other.
I came out an insecure wreck who was afraid to stand in her own power, my Tommie was long gone.
And although I’m happy in my love life as a single now, I can’t help but wonder if I had stayed in my power, would we still have each other, AND have made it?

If I had to choose, I’d recommend Bon Jovi’s anthems rather than yoga.
And  Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction rather than meditation.
And I don’t say that because I have 15 years of “What the f happened” to unpack.
I say that because anyone ever listening to a rock record, and enjoying it, will tell you exactly the same thing.

So although I had listened to “Reason” the single from the EP Man, insatiably  on repeat – and would have been able to give him a cue if he had blacked out in the chapel in Oud Zuilen – I didn’t quite get my head around “Cherry” the second single.
And besides, acoustic guitar against plugged in amped up electric guitar? Oh, that’s just no match.

So I was convinced I would like the first two My Blue Van albums, As Colors Change and Hush, better than the singer songwriter album Man.
And that therefor this blogpost about “Man” would inevitably, result in a call to arms to go back to the rock sound of the first two My Blue Van albums;
And all the shows they gave…
Oh man!

All those venues, so well known in The Netherlands, because they all have their legendary stories!
“Pearl Jam played there.”

Nirvana.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
And Dutch band The Golden Earring and the legendary Herman Brood.
Those stages, those places, those venues.
Where the stage is dark, with bright stage lights, and the smoke from machines is reminiscent of the 20th century where for decades people just smoked during concerts.
THOSE kind of venues.
THAT kind of music.

“Bas, if my post ends in a call to plug it the fuck in, amp it up, and rock the  frickin’ house!!
How bad would you feel about that?

On a scale from one to ten.”

And as he looked at me smiling, with those intensely blue eyes, he said in that slow husky drawl;
“I leave that entirely up to you.”

Bas Beenackers’ solo EP Man, is probably the best album you will hear this entire year.

For those who know Bas Beenackers (1985) from his electrifying live shows with My Blue Van, the sound of Man will take some getting used to.
No howling distorted guitar, funky drums or raucous screaming vocals. None of that. His first solo EP features intimate, acoustic songs, bare and vulnerable.
full article 

“Man” is 30 minutes of heaven.
The album was presented in an old chapel in Oud-Zuilen, and the guitar and Bas’ voice sounded nothing short of angelic.
And its melancholic tone, makes it the perfect companion for the month of September, when we look back on this summer and our lives slowly get back to normal. 

For full effect, listen with headphones, and it is guaranteed to make any drizzly workday better. 
And also make any movie better or any commercial more effective, this material could start a serious bidding war on the commercial market. 
Buy the EP “Man” from Bas Beenackers here.
Including the singles “Reason” and “Cherry” which eventually became my favorite track.

Buying the album is €10 straight into the pockets of a singer songwriter who made a deeply spiritual album, that will give you a touch of paradise in the midst of war torn, polarized world.

And waiting for your delivery, listen to the album that needs a reissue with lightning speed, because it is no longer available:
My Blue Van –  As Colours Change (2013) [Spotify exclusive]
and
My Blue Van – Hush (2015)

And amp it the fuck up.

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My Blue Van, Who is there to know (live), from the album Hush:

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Now that
– I am consistently blogging 2-3 times a week inspired by Bon Jovi concerts , at the blog Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
and
– the decision to take a yoga sabbatical (teaching wise/ video wise) until I can share Rock Star/ Bon Jovi yoga the way I want to
and
– with the Bounce concert, being the excellent kickoff to something new!
I am opening a new phase in my umbrella project “Rock Star”.

Therefor:
This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 3]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – August 2022
phase 3: 22 August 2022 – 

All yoga projects from phase 2 have been dropped for now (yoga sabbatical from teaching/ sharing),
my own yoga practice will be picked up and shared on Twitter,
and otherwise this phase 3 will just be the celebration of projects and dailies, already started and played with, these past years;
All kicked into a higher gear! 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor generatie X
3.
YouTube Rock Your Business
Headers from the channels have not been changed yet (and may contain the word “yoga”), but you ARE in the right spot!

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Bon Jovi concerts on this day- blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. Art and pop culture: World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

That’s no tribute band; That’s a rock n’ roll orchestra! | Tribute band Bounce | de Wolfsberg, Groesbeek | 2022 08 21

Little bear Puux got very inspired in Olli’s church of rock n roll. After our post-Guns N Roses hiatus, of two months rarely posting, we’ll pick up posting photos on our Twitter , this week

I wasn’t going to put a photo with little bear Puux here. Because in my honest opinion tribute bands have gone through their share of goofy receptions.
But then I saw that I had also posted last month’s Guns N’ Roses story with a photo from little bear Puux!
Who was I kidding: Me, making a photo of you with my bear, is my the highest regards. 

I ditched the idea of using the one single photo I had taken of the band without Puux (during Wanted Dead or Alive, with Oliver Henrich on acoustic guitar as well) and went for this one where a bright light shines around Oliver Henrich’s head.
And since Bon Jovi never feels any shame around deliberately creating a religious experience, in particular during the performance of Lay Your Hands On Me, where Bon Jovi goes aaaallllll in, on his self-proclaimed “Jonny’s Church of Rock n Roll”;
I thought a little reference to the savior never hurt any rock star.
So Oliver Henrich in the light, with little bear Puux as his disciple, it is.

And this is where the mood changes.
This is where you and me, are gonna get super serious about that we need to collectively review our appreciation, of what we, the world, and probably the musicians themselves, call tribute bands.
When in my opinion there are VERY good reasons not to call them that.

Do we call an orchestra a Bach cover band or a Mozart Tribute?
No we don’t, do we?
And why not?
Because we ACKNOWLEDGE (pardon my capitals) that writing music, a symphony, is one thing;
And performance is another.

We acknowledge that musicians, an orchestra, just like actors, perform other people’s work (yes), but their performance in itself is art.
And the tribute scene at least in the Netherlands, isn’t. It sees itself as a party scene, which it maybe is, I don’t know. Maybe other, less serious tribute bands, are party bands.
Don’t ask me.

All I m saying is that I know Bounce, and others, have far outgrown that.
And next to that there are tribute bands that can’t possibly qualify as a party band because the original was way too niche for that. Like for example the Lou Reed tribute band I saw last month.

Before I go into the Bounce setlist and performance, and come up with even half of something that resembles a review here, and not to hammer my point home, but yes!
To bring it home, and close this conversation once and for all, I want to share with you a concert Bounce did in 2014.
They rewrote Bon Jovi songs for orchestra, (talk interpreting as an art form!) and performed in a club, packed deep into the balconies, to a crowd of absolutely ecstatic Bon Jovi fans!
Or maybe better: Bounce fans.
In Germany Bounce fans travel hundreds of miles to see them, and they were particularly hellbent to see this show!

Bounce & Orchestra | A Symphonic Rock Night
| Live at Zeche | Bochum 2014 🇩🇪

So I thought that was definitely required before I can even begin to touch on what I saw today;
Bounce are artists in their own right, with a deep understanding of their craft, their message, and the music they perform.

Can I have an Amen!

bounce in groesbeek:
Welcome to Olli’s church of rock n’roll.

 

No proper church can go without merchandise! And sold over the counter in an iconic stand here (made from concert crates). Merch available on German shows or their website. 📸source: Facebook Bounce

Bounce are what I would call, the ideal cover band for the real fan.
Everyone will have a great time, but the real fan?
Will have an unforgettable time!

Knowing this, I looked forward to having the rarities being tossed around like “Hey, heys!” in Lost Highway, but!
Groesbeek was going to be a 1 hour show!
And at a festival that sends you reminders to come early so that you can claim your favorite standing table with your friends.
A festival that urges you to buy your tokens early, and then you click it and the minimum amount is 25 tokens!
Well, I was no longer so sure.

To me, a tribute festival looked like the anti-rarities occasion.
You wanna hit them with that chorus sooner rather than later.
And preferably one they know!

So would German band Bounce really, on their only concert here in the Netherlands of this entire year (I have the impression the pandemic nearly killed their international calendar), dare to bring their trademark setlist? 
Their shows in Germany can last up to three hours, and have the layered timeline and musical variety of a 2010 The Circle, Bon Jovi concert;
And. Then. SOME!

The setlists of full Bounce concerts rock so hard, that just seeing those titles all lined up like that, is enough to make any fan wonder who they have to bribe to hear such a piece from the heavens.

I asked the setlist from the tribute party, and got it, so I have the list here of what was played.
It has a ton of coded and perhaps classified information on it, so I m not going to share it (and I m terrible with puzzles, so their secrets are definitely safe with me), but I can see the track list.

There was absolutely no time to ask if they had diverged from it, and there was loud music playing when I asked for the list that was taped to the floor. So that made for uncomfortable communication.

It seems to be incomplete on at least one account;
Unexpectedly really, because I thought they would have stuck to it, and there are no audibles (songs to choose from) on it.
But they played Lost Highway, and Lost Highway is not on the list.

Hey, hey!

In short?
Bounce delivered.
They m.f.-ing did it man!!
They actually, I kid you not, used those 60 minutes of stage time to open with We got it going on, which I absolutely LOVE!
But I imagine it will ring few bells, for a tribute festival visitor.

Then we had
You Give Love A Bad Name
Have A Nice Day
Which makes sense because I can imagine the audience needing some reassurance they were in the right tent, and that there’d actually be songs they could belt along!

Then we get Keep the Faith’s album opener I Believe, oh dear….
One for the fans, one for the fans..
Fans who never get to hear this at Bon Jovi concerts, so who are of course VERY excited to hear this with drums banging, guitars howling, and a lead singer who drops to his knees, just like Jon Bon Jovi on the Keep the Faith tour!
I mean, Jon Bon Jovi also did that on the Crossroad/These Days Tour, but I always got the impression that it got turned into an act.
But I like to think Keep The Faith Tour Jon, dropping down to his knees was a  genuine seeker in need of guidance.
Things were not going well for the band in terms of Keep the Faith ticket sales, which made for a tour where Jon literally threw in ALL he had. Probably the best tour they ever did.

After Believe, the maracas come out!
Which can only mean one thing, it’s time for the Keep The Faith album song everybody DOES know;
Keep the Faith.
Opening with the famous bass chords, by a bass player on “whose side of the stage” I’d definitely be on! 
I recently learned people who chose Richie’s side of the stage, called themselves “Darksiders”, so now I am in the habit of identifying on “which side of the stage” I want to be on.
An identity choice I didn’t even know existed, until recently.

Maybe this is a good moment to point out that all this time, we are watching 5 professional musicians, and an on-stage WALL with I think 8 different guitars (Oliver’s and guitarist Jens Roesel’s).
Bear in mind that just like in Bon Jovi, the lead guitarist Jens Roesel (Jay), is not just one hell of a guitar player;
He also sings.
Keyboard player, Sven Martin/ Jojo, like David Bryan; Also sings.
And also like David, who is an acclaimed Broadway musical writer, Jojo was the one who rewrote the material together with Oliver Henrich, for the orchestra performance
Bass player, Tom Mueller: Also sings.
And drummer Markus Hoffmeister is definitely as strong a drummer as Tico Torres. And who knows maybe Markus, can do those cheeky baritone voiced songs or additions Tico does about once a decade 😉 Who knows!

But this is one hell of a band and, just like in Bon Jovi, its members are multi talented and they have invested in their equipment to get it right. No to get it, perfect.
Including the famous talk box;
An instrument that reached worldwide fame (and was probably saved from getting extinct, the moment the 70s rock artists have all passed away) when Bon Jovi started using it for Livin’ on a prayer.
Had they not done that, the talk box’s life would now be tied to Peter Frampton’s.

Bounce is a tribute band with all the bells, whistles, and wow wow pedals, and they know how to wield it.
But mostly of course, it is the standard of excellence from its musicians, that make Bounce what it is.
It’s not what you have, it’s how you use it, and all that.

If Bon Jovi would be in need of new musicians, of a backup musician in case something happens on tour;
Or if they would take the leap of finding a new band member?
I have no doubt in my mind Bounce would be able to supply a drummer, a keyboard player, a bass player, a guitarist, and yes, even a lead singer.
Although that is of a whole different category, because the life of the band Bon Jovi, has historically been tied to its founder and singer Jon Bon Jovi.

But coming back on my point made earlier, if we are willing to start seeing performing as separate to the writing of the music;
Then performing in a band, in a play, that already existed, is not such a big leap.
Just like Queen is still touring, with Adam Lambart as lead singer.

I can see I drifted off.
A lot!
But I hope it illustrates that the level of skill, instruments, and performance power of Bounce, is no small feat.
All ingredients to give you a full concert experience, are there.
And in my opinion, they DO deserve to tour Europe and beyond, with their 3 hour shows. [ touring schedule ]
And wouldn’t it be great if they would also have tours with their own orchestra?
We all deserve that.
Although I thank God on my knees they played Groesbeek; That is not where they belong.
Period.

So let’s return to their Groesbeek setlist, where they had to crush their set to one hour.
What came after Keep the Faith?
The – drum intro! Always!
A track that Bon Jovi has never allowed to become a staple on their list, but since it is probably their biggest hit after Livin’ on a Prayer, Bounce was not going to leave that one on a Groesbeek standing table!

After that we have another one to sing along;
It’s My Life
And then it’s rarities time again, with Born to be my baby AND Raise Your Hands!
The adrenaline for any Bon Jovi fan, to hear those tracks being played live, in a concert setting?
No words to describe, my friend.

After that, a wonderful rendition of Wanted Dead or Alive, with Oliver Henrich on guitar as well.
Wanted Dead or Alive, is referred to as the anthem.
Not yesterday, but by Bon Jovi as well as by fans.
So with Wanted Dead or Alive being loved both by the fans as well as people who are there to meet friends, this was a nice one to get the crowd on the same page again.

Then another standard track from a Bounce concert! 
One Wild Night
From Bon Jovi’s “comeback album” Crush, 2000.

Just like the opener We got it going on, One Wild Night is irresistible as a party song, and the chorus can be taught in a heartbeat and milked for minutes of crowd interaction (which they skillfully did).
But One Wild Night definitely has the hurdle of having very difficult lyrics!
I can imagine that a tribute band or two, and the majority of the fans and that includes me, are definitely not going to be able to get:

Then I’m rolling the bones with Jimmy ‘no dice’
Gonna take him for a couple weeks’ pay
Man, if you lose this roll I take your girlfriend home
So I stopped
But you’re not gonna believe who comes walking out

But that’s why you go to church, to see someone who gets it to a level that you don’t!
And there is no doubt that Olivier, or Olli as he often abbreviates it, knows how to lead the community into higher realms.

Although the voodoo and witchcraft references make One Wild Night an odd one out, in the Bon Jovi catalog.
There is an Angel Heart (1987)/ Wild Orchid (1989) vibe to One Wild Night, where we enter an unfamiliar world where the voodoo priests rule.
Not the catholic ones.

And then.
Just as you think there is no way you can go back from mature, showing them how it’s done, Bon Jovi 2000, to the first album, Bounce plays Runaway;
A song I never really liked on the record, but by the Gods do they bring this live!
And in the original key, AND the miraculous key changes in the end. They talk about “that” key change in Like a Prayer, one Jon Bon Jovi warns young artists NOT to put in their songs if they still want to be able to sing them when you’re 20 years older!
But Runaway’s key changes?
Those were given up by Bon Jovi a lot sooner.

Could have heard them yesterday in Groesbeek though!

And the band Bounce is 20 years old; Oliver Henrich is not a new kid on the block. He was runner up, landing second spot at the voice of Germany in 2020, competing with candidates half his age. This is a singer who has managed to ward off aging and to keep his voice in mint condition. 

And then it’s time to bring it home and remind the congregation why we are here. And that we must never forget that no matter how tough things get, we will always have each other.
And that’s a lot.

Livin’ on a prayer.

And although in this tale, the priests did not blew trumpets, because since 2014 they no longer had the resources of pulling together an entire classical orchestra.
And the wall with 8 of Olli’s en Jay’s guitars did not come crumbling down like the walls of Jericho once had;
The people shouted a great shout, just like they had done in biblical times.

“Whoohoo! Livin’ on a prayer!”

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~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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Tour agenda Bounce: https://www.bonjovitribute.de/termine.php 
Worth planning a trip for!
Or a pilgrimage!

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Nederlandse YouTube wordt een channel voor generatie X (1965-1980)!
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You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
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If you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, you can also order these books from me – just go to the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
to check out which ones you want, and write me an email at s_beenackers@hotmail.com.
Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

Now that
– I am consistently blogging 2-3 times a week inspired by Bon Jovi concerts , at the blog Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
and
– the decision to take a yoga sabbatical (teaching wise/ video wise) until I can share Rock Star/ Bon Jovi yoga the way I want to
and
– with the Bounce concert, being the excellent kickoff to something new!
I am opening a new phase in my umbrella project “Rock Star”.

Therefor:
This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 3]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – August 2022
phase 3: 22 August 2022 – 

All yoga projects from phase 2 have been dropped for now (yoga sabbatical from teaching/ sharing),
my own yoga practice will be picked up and shared on Twitter,
and otherwise this phase 3 will just be the celebration of projects and dailies, already started and played with, these past years;
All kicked into a higher gear! 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor generatie X
3.
YouTube Rock Your Business
Headers from the channels have not been changed yet (and may contain the word “yoga”), but you ARE in the right spot!

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Bon Jovi concerts on this day- blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. Art and pop culture: World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

Guns N’ Roses Groningen 2022 06 23: story, recap video, full set + other songs European tour

little bear Puux posts his photos on my Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SLBeenackers/status/1540087090452520960

On 23 June 2022, Guns N’ Roses played at Stadspark Groningen, The Netherlands.

It was 30 years to the day, after their absolute legendary gig in Rotterdam!
A gig bootleggers still make money off charging €20+ for dvds with grey lines and an only slightly more recognizable audio stream. My cat destroyed any leftover value, by throwing it in their drinking fountain, and it has never done that with anything else before or after.

Thankfully, in 2022, many concerts can be re-experienced with YouTube, and I hope to create just that for you, with this playlist.
It’s always possible videos will be taken down, but for now at least, I hope to make a good selection.
Setlist below this post.

As unbelievable as it is:
3 H+ setlists are Guns N’ Roses standard these days.
As was the case in Groningen.
But Groningen was one of the shorter ones of this European tour.

Shadow of Your Love, Hard Skool, Don’t Cry and Black Hole Sun, did not get played but were presumably on the setlist.
I have this information from Setlist FM, which is about as reliable as 20th century starting times of Guns N’ Roses concerts.
Or so I heard.
But unless you are in possession of the handwritten OG setlist of Guns N’ Roses playing Groningen 2022;
Setlist FM will just have to do.
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/guns-n-roses/2022/stadspark-groningen-netherlands-73b5b27d.html

The “shorter” setlist was absolutely no problem, but it was a surprise because in 2017 Guns N Roses played the longest setlist of their European Tour, in The Netherlands. With Angus Young, at Goffertpark Nijmegen.
And in 2018, at that same venue, their show was 3.5 hours as well.

I had really expected Groningen, The Netherlands, to get the honor of a new record for this tour as well.

I would even, have betted my original-art-work copy of my Appetite vinyl, that The Netherlands would have the debut of There Was A Time, since that has been rehearsed at least once in soundcheck and they appear to give every city one new song.

They kept word though:
Groningen had “Sorry” as the tour debut!

But naturally;
With a 3+ hour show, to an absolutely mesmerized crowd of 50.000 people who were thrilled you were there,
and excited that Groningen is on the map again after going without big concerts for over 20 years;
Guns N Roses had nothing to apologize for!

Playlist 38 videos:
Guns N’ Roses Groningen 2022 06 23
recap video, full set + other songs European tour
[ + story and setlist in description of this playlist ]

part 1: Groningen (29 videos)
* trailer 2021 Mojo concerts
* Recap 2022 Feiko Dijkstra [ 26:39 ]
[ Set Groningen 23 06 2022 ]
[ videos as much as possible filmed in Groningen ]
set:
1 It s so easy
2 Mr.Brownstone
3 Slither
(Velvet Revolver cover)
4 Chinese Democracy
5 Welcome to the Jungle
(Link Wray’s “Rumble” intro)
6 Madagascar
7 Back in Black
8 Double Talkin’ Jive
9 Live and Let Die
(Wings cover)
10 Estranged
11 Rocket queen
12 Reckless Life
13 Street of Dreams
14 You Could Be Mine
15 I Wanna Be Your Dog
(The Stooges cover) (Duff on lead vocals)
16 Absurd
17 Better
18 Civil War
(Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” outro)
19 band introductions
+ Slash on Guitar
(Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” jam)
+ Sweet Child of Mine
20 Wichita Lineman
(Jimmy Webb cover)
21 November Rain
22 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
23 Nightrain
ENCORE:
24 Sorry (tour debut)
25 Coma
26 Patience
(The Beatles’ “Blackbird” intro)
27 Paradise City

separation video (1 video)
Sweet Child of Mine, Groningen

part 2: (8 videos)
played on other European concerts, or overheard from soundchecks (expected to be played)

Walk All Over You (AC/DC cover)
Hard Skool
You re Crazy
Shadow of your love
Don’t Cry
Black Hole Sun
The Seeker
There Was A Time

part 2 of this list will stay updated with new concerts
part 1 will be curated and stay under supervision for 1 year.

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
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If you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, you can also order these books from me – just go to the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
to check out which ones you want, and write me an email at s_beenackers@hotmail.com.
Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 2]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor Rock Star Yoga 
3. YouTube Rock Your Business
De headers from all channels have been changed already, so you know you re in the right spot.

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Yoga Blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

Consider this embraced | My incomplete and personal history of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in The Netherlands

My home made school agenda 1988-1989 Crafted with photo of Antony Kiedis, by photographer Patricia Steur. Nudity covered for social media.
My agenda 1988-1989, Crafted with photo of Antony Kiedis, by Patricia Steur. The cover photo is protected using sticky tape, a trick many teens without access to sticking foil used. I have no idea where or when I had a tape embosser but apparently used my one shot at it strategically!

I m almost inevitably going to heavily disappoint myself and you, at how terribly little about
-the remarkable history of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in The Netherlands
-their intimate relationship with its most respectable music journalists and media
-and the rich YouTube legacy that has left us;
I manage to cover in this post.
And the tiny glimpses I do get sorted, fact checked, lined up and presented, will definitely not do justice to this well of historical and musical heritage.
But I m gonna try.

I m also beforehand apologizing for infinite number of things of late 80s cultural context, that is probably required to understand why they rooted so well in the Netherlands.
And also why a very young Bon Jovi fan like me, had photos of Anthony Kiedis in her school agenda AND considered their 1989 Mother’s Milk album “that album when everybody got to know them”
and even (bear in mind I was just 17 in August 1989 when Mother’s Milk hit) “the moment they got commercial”.

Okay, as far as late 80s cultural context goes? 
If in 1989 you re an avid 17 year old BON JOVI fan (in the Netherlands, 80s Bon Jovi was a band no respectable journalist would “touch with a ten-foot pole”, or at least that was my impression), and your school agendas have been embellished with a variety of clippings from music and fashion magazines, but only the pages that were BLANK because you had not enough JON BON JOVI CLIPPINGS to cover all of them just with his appearance?
If then?
Under those circumstances?
You cover your agenda with Anthony Kiedis and consider the album Mother’s Milk – which was released after the school year 1988-1989 – absolutely a million miles away from being alternative or underground because in your perception the band had been around for ages?

That requires context and a timeline that even I would not be able to reconstruct. But again: Gonna give it a go.

So: Music scene in the 80s.

As I already said, Bon Jovi was pretty much a no-no, no-go, and it was entirely acceptable to attribute their ENTIRE commercial success to their looks. So they were considered a “hair metal” band, and I think we should begin by acknowledging that to everybody who was not a Bon Jovi fan, which included every music journalist and person of import in the media;
No one knew, it wasn’t clear, which hair metal band would last.

The Dutch venues Bon Jovi played late 80s were indoor, and totally sold out. But so did the gigs from The Scorpions (Germany), Whitesnake (US, extra popular in The Netherlands through Dutch guitarist Ad van den Berg), Van Halen (UK, Dutch connection through brothers Van Halen, and this band was always heavily supported by Dutch DJs) and Swedish band Europe also rocked the house and easily sold out Dutch indoor venues.

In that crowded overflowing market, New Jersey band Bon Jovi could very easily be discarded based on their looks, and there wasn’t one Dutch journalist who appreciated them.
The only Dutch media personality who sided with them, was Adam Curry. The American born host of the show Countdown and the host of the Dutch radio show Curry & van Inkel. 
But Curry worked for our Dutch broadcasting corporation Veronica, and on the spectrum of eight to ten corporations we had, Veronica was the youngest one and the most commercial of them all.
Veronica’s flagship was their television guide. All national broadcasting corporations issued their own television guide, that was their most tangible form of branding.
These magazines expressed the values of the particular public broadcasting corporation, and Veronica was the only one non-religious, non-political, and aimed at teenagers and young adults.
Their magazine was full color, and it kept you updated on all the trends, films, new music, and of course informed on cool programs that would be broadcast.
Curry also made a point pronouncing their name the American way, which described phonetically to a Dutch person, means he said: “Baaahn Jovi” 
Because the Dutch pronounce their O entirely different to how an American would do that.
Curry’s way of pronouncing Madonna’s name (correctly) and pronouncing Bon Jovi’s name (correctly), even became the laughing stock in a column of a no doubt respected columnist whose first name was Annelies.
Curry’s response: “How would you feel if I pronounced your name Anné-Lies?”.
All this to illustrate, that in order to be seen, acknowledged, supported  and respected by the Dutch music scene, and even to get the honor of having your name pronounced correctly, you had to have the EXACT right, pretty fucking elitist way of showing just the right thing, at just the right time, and in the right place and STEER AWAY FROM VERONICA AND THEIR MAGAZINE AT ALL TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And then, maybe, you could talk.

Dutch press adored Bruce Springsteen by the way. That too, didn’t help Bon Jovi stand out in the “hair metal” or rock genre.
I think Dutch journalists felt they betrayed Bruce Springsteen, who was hailed, appreciated and LOVED from the 70s, but also because of his 1984 album Born In The USA.
Dutch journalists seemed to believe they could only include one artist from New Jersey in their Dutch Hall Of Good Music, and they had already given that spot to Bruce Springsteen.

Now on the other end of the television guide spectrum, there was also ONE public broadcasting corporation that stood out as the absolute most elitist, high-brow, and culturally respectable.
This corporation was the VPRO, and their television guide was the hallmark of having good taste.
If as a teen you said: “We have the Veronica guide” everybody knew what kind of background you had (your parents were easy going and entrepreneurial).
If you said: “We have the VPRO guide.”? 
To this day, people know EXACTLY what your background is.

Given the fact that I knew who the Red Hot Chili Peppers were, and that I had a school agenda from the pre-Mother’s Milk era, covered with arty photos from Anthony Kiedis, it should come as no surprise;
We, had the VPRO guide.

Occasionally I bought the Veronica guide, and indulged in it. In the same way I bought music magazines, such as the one the photos from Anthony Kiedis stem from.
Being a Bon Jovi fan, buying the Veronica guide, watching Countdown and listening religiously listening to Curry and van Inkel every Friday night, were aspects of my own, individual, self-expression.

Except, of course? You guessed it right? 
My parents VPRO guide, gave me access to the alternative world of Dutch music.
And I often listened on Wednesday afternoon, to a VPRO radio show that I knew had cool alternative music. 
I don’t know when I heard the Peppers on there, only that there were a lot of references to George Clinton.
Maybe it was 1988, or maybe it was after Mother’s Milk 1990…
All I know is that in 1988-1989 I already had that Anthony Kiedis agenda, and I considered them famous and known. And “of course why wouldn’t you know them”.

When I look at the 1987 album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, I only recognize Fight Like a Brave.
When I look at the 1989 album Mother’s Milk, I recognize the titles Higher Ground, Knock me Down, and Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky.
From the 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik; The Power of Equality, Breaking the Girl, Suck My Kiss, I Could Have Lied, The Righteous & the Wicked, Give It Away, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Under the Bridge, and Naked in the Rain.
I remember making a cassette tape in the early 90s. From cds I rented on my library card, I recorded Blood Sugar Sex Magik on one side, and Mother’s Milk on the other.
That’s when I was the most involved with their music.

But since I have a more intimate relationship to my stationary, than to my cd collection, for me the real relationship with the Peppers was through that crafted agenda. With those photos from Kiedis and his then girlfriend Ione Skye.
There is a Dutch piece, that was released just earlier this year, where Patricia Steur talks about how she created these photos:
DE PLAAT EN ZIJN VERHAAL: ‘ALLEEN DE RUG VAN ANTHONY KIEDIS VOND IK WAT SAAI’ 

And my relationship was in that Wednesday afternoon radio show, where The Red Hot Chili Peppers played live, and all I remembered was that it was heavy on the George Clinton references.

I was unsuccessful at retrieving the radio broadcast. But I did encounter a treasure box of Red Hot Chili Peppers material from a Dutch documentarian,
Bram van Splunteren.
I collected what was public in a YouTube playlist
It includes a conversation with John Frusciante, in what were the most difficult years of his life:
John Frusciante Vpro 1994 in HQ + Stuff

In 2016 the VPRO and Bram van Spunteren collected the 1988-1992 work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers into a documentary: Red Hot Chili Peppers – A Dutch Connection. It is available on Vimeo after login. 

Another important man who created the deep roots the Peppers have in the Netherlands, is famous tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher.
In the 80s, he made eagle on the back of Anthony Kiedis.
And the two went on an extensive trip to Borneo, to discover the origin of tattooing. 
Schiffmacher’s Dutch book about this expedition has just been rereleased, after having been out of print for decades.
In his autobiography, Anthony Kiedis describes the expedition as a trip to hell and “a Vietnam experience”.

Documentarian Bram van Splunteren, photographer Patricia Steur, and her then husband the famous tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher;
Together with the context of the serious Dutch music scene being the dominant one, had made for fertile grounds for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  And when they gave a show yesterday, at the local park, I took a little stroll around the grounds, and contemplated how I could avoid writing about them, because I was already vaguely aware of there being something extra special in The Netherlands.
Between them and us.
But I didn’t really know how to go about figuring that out, I didn’t know if I was correct, and I was days behind on what I considered my “grownup” content creation (videos), which was not going to get done anymore, if I took on this project of saying something about the Peppers.

I even contemplated not taking that stroll; Because then I would not have a reason to write.
If I would not take a stroll, I could ignore them and win my time back.
But that too, did not felt good. Them being here felt way too significant to be ignored.

So what I did, before I took my stroll, is I looked for that old agenda. And I scanned the photos with Kiedis, and I trimmed the files.
And then I took the walk around the venue, through the trees, over the grass, passing thousands of people who had gathered to listen to the concert.

After about 70 minutes in, the music had stopped, I noted the time because in case the concert is uploaded to YouTube I want to hear the rest of it;
But right then, all I heard was this;

A male voice, I think it was Flea, although I have no idea how I would know how Flea sounds…. But I think it was his voice when I heard him speaking about us, the Netherlands, and said:
“You were one of the first countries that embraced us. Thank you.”

And there I had my answer.

I had been right; The Netherlands had been one of the first countries that had embraced them. And now, after this post, you know why.
Their music and position as outsiders, made them loved almost immediately by serious, alternative, Dutch music scene, that was dominant in the media. 
Media for whom Bon Jovi was too common, too low-brow, and that actually didn’t come around until 1995 These Days.
Which is my principal reason for not liking that album, even though it is an amazing album! 
But I just can’t.
I never forgave The Netherlands for their collective disdain for Bon Jovi, where only Adam Curry and the Veronica guide supported them.

But the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Maybe that was the higher ground we found each other.
Where I could stand them, and they could stand me.
And where yesterday, we found each other again.

The Peppers were glad to be here. Many Dutch people, including a whole new generation, were thrilled they were here, and I was happy too.
I m sure many of us would have bought a last-minute ticket if it had not been sold out months ago.

We were all happy to embrace each other, once again.
On higher ground.

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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NEW: Books!

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
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If you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, you can also order these books from me – just go to the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
to check out which ones you want, and write me an email at s_beenackers@hotmail.com.
Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 2]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor Rock Star Yoga 
3. YouTube Rock Your Business
De headers from all channels have been changed already, so you know you re in the right spot.

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Yoga Blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

You Never Really Know

 

At the risk of being expelled out of Bon Jovi fandom, and for good reason this time ;), I have never gotten my head around listening to Richie Sambora.
Regardless of how many times I was blown away by a live guitar prelude to Wanted Dead or Alive.
Or all the times he sang “I ll be There for You”, and in my opinion had earned the right to always be the one singing that song.
Regardless of how many times I was swept off my feet by HEAVEN HELP US ALL!!!!!
Oh God what a good song.

Anyway, despite all of those things-
Oh, and also, despite all the proper Bon Jovi fans (the ones who do not self-proclaim to be musically dyslectic, those ones) being solid disciples of the man, and his 1991 album Stranger In This Town being a musical version of the bible;
I simply could not get into Richie Sambora’s work the way I knew I was meant to.
Because I like his voice, I like electric guitars, and I like the blues WAY more than alternative, pop, and country. I like the blues more than protest songs, I like it more than meaningful singer songwriter-y types of things.
And I like Richie’s guitars because I think they will bite your fingers off if you play punk or ska on them, but maybe that’s just my imagination.

But all in all there had been ample signs that told me I would love Richie Sambora’s music and yet…
Not today. And the not-todays became years.

One week ago, hAnD90 uploaded a remastered 2012 Richie Sambora concert, with live chat, and because Today still had not come, it was one I knew I could skip.
Although unfortunately, there were also more personal reasons why I had to keep a way lower online profile than I found professional or desirable.

But yeah.
The fact that it was not a Bon Jovi concert but a Richie Sambora concert, whose music I hardly knew, did make it a painless decision to let the premiere of that video just pass, without joining in on the live chat.

Anyway, all those things, I m just reconstructing them for you here.
Because they surely were not on my mind this Sunday! 

I’m almost at my one week mark of being sick. It’s a common cold, but the virus-low Covid years combined with the fact that etiquette around public sneezing and coughing has changed dramatically since 2019 for sure;
This common cold has already trashed one week worth of premium appointments and dates!
Including sex!

I also did not film any videos for any of my 3 YouTube channels, but that was a minor setback, compared to the havoc the cold created in my personal life, to be honest.

And God knows how many more perfectly good parties, workdays and get togethers I will have to give up the upcoming week, before I can finally take part in everyday life, in a crisp and clean way.

So all in all, this Sunday was not dedicated to finally hitting it off with Richie Sambora.
That much was sure.
Or was it?

Because I just ordered Richie Sambora’s 1991 album Stranger In This Town.
I did enough research to be able to tell you it has a 99% Google rating of people liking it.
The 2012 Richie Sambora concert is blasting through my headphones, and I have devoured the well-written description box below the concert video as if it contained the secret to life. That’s how eager I now am to know everything about Richie Sambora.

Richie Sambora | Live at Circus Krone | Munich 2012
video & audio remastered by hAnD90

And also! Where I have always felt kind of uncomfortable to admit that if Richie Sambora would go touring, I would not know if I d go?
I know I ll not just GO! But PAY whatever it takes!
If it were the 90s I d sit a night on the sidewalk of the local record store to purchase tickets. So after all that time, I am finally, a Born-Again Richie Sambora fan!
With her musical bible, the album, “Stranger In This Town” on the way.

The reason this all happened and that this day had such an unexpected turn, is because I wanted to indulge in writing about something sexy.
After a week of my most intimate relationship being the one with a box of Kleenex and Thyme syrup, I was going to indulge in treating myself to writing about Zalman King movies.

Now, Zalman King movies are in general not very highly rated, because they are always about sex. And not the art house type, but the soft-focus, Emanuelle-type thing.
Do you know Emanuelle?
Loved those ones too so much…. but they were 70s and early 80s. Zalman King’s movies featured in the late 80s and 90s. 
His two most famous movies are 9 1/2 weeks and Wild Orchid, but my favorites are Two Moon Junction (1988), which you can still see on YouTube if you have an age-verified account, and Delta of Venus, which they very unfortunately took down recently.
It wasn’t until about two years ago, that I realized all those wonderful movies were made by the same man, and that he was also responsible for my absolute favorite series of all time;
The Red Shoe Diaries.

Now I haven’t seen any of those episodes back since then, so I m relying on a three decade old memory here, but The Red Shoe Diaries was about (and I m not going to Google it, to keep it real here!) a journalist or writer played by David Duchovny, who placed an ad to hear about women’s sex stories and then they all started sending him letters.
With his voice over, and the female voice over from the woman telling the story, every episode revolved around one story.

When I started investigating Zalman King, after finding out I had such an instinctive fondness for his work, I found that there was little “irrelevant” about his work, really.
Because they all had had the same theme:
They had all been about women’s sexuality.
A theme that has got millennia of repression to catch up on!
(plus one week)

The Zalman King movies had been an avid advocate of female sexuality, and at a time when the female voice in erotica was almost absent. When erotica itself, was almost absent….

Making this a wonderful theme to write about, to bring at least some zest and sparkle to these days when I saw my bed way too often and for all the wrong reasons, I sat down to write about Zalman King.
For starters I was going to look for the music from The Red Shoe Diaries, to listen to. 

Music that would bring me in the mood!
And I found a playlist that was titled after the Red Shoe diaries, but it appeared to be broader because it also had music from 9 1/2 weeks on it. But that was not what stood out for me;
This list, which the maker claimed was a soundtrack to The Red Shoe Diaries, contained two Richie Sambora songs.

Wait what?
Richie Sambora made music for The Red Shoe Diaries?
Are you joking?

Since the list was a bit of a hotchpotch with music from other Zalman King work as well, I knew his songs could be from one of the movies as well. But that would also come as a surprise me.
So I dug into that new finding, instead of diving into Zalman’s King work. Which was probably the better choice, considering I wrote the previous paragraphs Wiki free. I think I ve already studied Zalman King to a level that greatly extends the Minimum Rock Star Writer Requirement!
Whereas the work of Richie Sambora has been lacking in my knowledge, and I know it.

And as it turned out, the list had been correct! 
There are indeed two Richie Sambora songs on the original 1992 Red Shoe Diaries soundtrack:
You Never Really Know

and
Rest In Peace.

I have recreated the album, soundtrack to Red Shoe Diaries on my YouTube. Richie Sambora’s “You Never Really Know” is number 4 on this list and “Rest in Peace” the final track.

But it got even better!
Because as I threw “Richie Sambora You Never Really Know” into Google, it gave ONLY the Red Shoe Diaries album, as its source! 

No other album! 
Rest in Peace is the opening song to Richie’s 1991 album Stranger In This Town, but You Never Really Know? 
Never featured anywhere else.

A few years ago, I wrote a blogpost about 5 Unexpectedly Sexual Bon Jovi songs. One of them was a Richie Sambora song River of Love.
And in the paragraph about that song, I said:
“I don’t think any fan has any doubt which one of the two front men possessed the “raw, untamed power”, as Star Wars put it.”

Right now I m still listening to Richie Sambora singing his heart out in These Days, the Munich 2012 concert.
And rereading that post about the 5 Unexpectedly Sexual Bon Jovi songs.

In retrospect, I don’t think I would have chosen the Star Wars reference there. It gives a bit of a shock, in a post solely about erotica and Bon Jovi, don’t you think?
I m not sure, if that was a good thing, or a bad thing. Then or now in this post…  Zalman King would not approve.

But it no longer surprises me that Richie Sambora had two songs on the soundtrack of The Red Shoe Diaries. With that raw untamed power, that made it into my top 5 Unexpectedly Sexual Bon Jovi Songs.
Of course his music made it to Zalman’s soundtrack.

And three decades later, it was how I finally connected to Richie’s work.

You never really know.

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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NEW: Books!

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
at the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter

If you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, you can also order these books from me – just go to the bottom of this page:
https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rockstarwriter
to check out which ones you want, and write me an email at s_beenackers@hotmail.com.
Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 2]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor Rock Star Yoga 
3. YouTube Rock Your Business
De headers from all channels have been changed already, so you know you re in the right spot.

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Yoga Blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

Your Rock Star soul is fighting for their life

To say I slept poorly last night would be an understatement. I had nightmares, hallucinations, and a replaying of events as if I had gone through a traumatic event, rather than through of a week to reflect and decide on some things I knew I needed clarity on.

I had finally gotten to the root of why I was stalling on my second career in yoga, my first career in business teaching, and my Rock Star project which started summer 2019.
Why wasn’t I doing what I knew I was meant to?
Why wasn’t I living into my purpose?

It was a question that could be answered on many levels but the moment I had crashed into a raw bloody wall of pure agony, I knew:
“Jackpot!”
Or “Oh God No for fucks sake!” and then “Jackpot!”.

I knew it was the biggie, and that I needed time to think.

Jackpot or not, the thing was so frightening, that my first instinct was to run away from it by destroying ten years worth of blogs and six years worth of YouTube channels.
That was a more appealing option than to stay calm and seriously thinking about it.

I managed to delay pushing the button of destruction, by a few days. And then last night there were the nightmares and hallucinations.
It would probably best compare to one of those vision quests you can get under the watchful eye of a Shaman.
It did give clarity, that’s for sure!
Just that I didn’t expect that a few days of logically thinking it over, would bring me into another world.

I just recall I also had one featherlight unexplained event. The night before my breakthrough insights, I had a motion-detection operated light in my house switch on out of nowhere. On a spot without any draft, and my cats were sleeping. It has never done that and because I was having such a deep-thinking, make or break week, I thought about what it could mean.
Maybe I was getting guidance, from the other side!

But aside from the mysterious light, the rest of the week had been very worldly.
And the encounters I had were very real as well.
And the insights I am sharing with you today were not formed in a Shaman tent nor in my hallucinatory night.
They were based in truth, in what I saw.

And in what ultimately scared me more than any unexplained events, or spirits from another realm, ever could. And eventually, yes, it scared me  far more than the raw bloody wall of pure agony that had been undermining my creative work.

What I saw is what happens when you do not answer the call.
That thing inside of you that comes out in your art.
Or what used to come out, until you started using work, alcohol, drugs and the busyness of the day to day to grind to numb it.

And now all you do when you have spare time is some variation of consuming. Consuming too much food, too much socializing, buying too much stuff you do not need.
Before all of those things started becoming who you are, and you still knew who you were;
The art, that THEN, came out of you.

That art.
That purpose.
I understood what would happen if I would not answer the call.

And, as I assume:
What will happen to you, if you fail too.

If you do not answer the calling of the artist within, of the Rock Star within, then it is going fight for its life.
It feels like despair, it feels like anger, it feels like desire.
It feels like agony, it feels like dying a spiritual and creative death in a Shaman tent on hallucinogenic mushrooms and that is because you ARE, dying a spiritual and creative death.

And I imagine that one day you will wake up thinking:
“What a good and noble thing that I didn’t follow through on my creative career, because now I am safe and I have everything I want.”

Everything, but the one thing you ever wanted.
Everything, but the one thing, your creative Rock Star soul ever craved for, and ever needed out of life.

So next time you feel absolutely horrible, next time you can’t sleep, next time you feel like tearing up what you created because what is the point anyway;
Next time you re afraid, next time you cry, next time a part of you no longer wants to live?

Stop.

It is your Rock Star soul fighting for its right to live.
Its right to RULE.
To unleash into the world, and not in the planned, moderate, drip by drip way, but by turning up your life and pulling out the stops.

It is your Rock Star soul telling you loudly, that it is more than ready to claim back what was yours and to take over your life.

And it’s waiting for your “Hell fucking Yes!”

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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Payment is via PayPal or bank transfer.

This Rock Star Writer blog is an element of “Rock Star” [phase 2]

Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor Rock Star Yoga 
3. YouTube Rock Your Business
De headers from all channels have been changed already, so you know you re in the right spot.

4 blogs
1. Rock Star Writer (current blog)
2. Yoga Blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

2 Facebook pages
1. Rock Star Writer on Facebook
2. Dutch: Suzanne Beenackers Schrijver Facebook met beertje Puux

1 Twitter account
my personal Twitter account

Bon Jovi is touring again! In a world that needs them more than ever. (and they know it)

A viral video of Odessa, Ukraine, standing their ground with It’s My Life.
The band shared this video on their socials, and Jon has called it a humbling experience.
With “We Don’t Run”, dedicated to Ukraine, on the first show of their new tour, Bon Jovi answered.
🎶🎸🇺🇦🕊️☮️

Omaha, Nebraska, 1 April 2022

After more than 2 years Bon Jovi is touring again!
The previous tour was This House Is Not For Sale, which ran from February 2017 to October 2019.
The already socially conscious record 2020, originally scheduled for March 2020, was pushed forward to October 2020, and changed to include new poignant material, reflecting the spirit of the times.

The tour “2020” was cancelled for obvious reasons and the new tour, called “2022” has started on April 1st.
At this point I could “only” find dates for April, so it looks like they re weary  not to start too big and then have to cancel.
To minimize Covid risks, they travel in a bubble, which also reminds me of an otherwise unrelated yet entertaining movie I’m currently watching on Netflix called “The Bubble”, about a movie set (not a rock band) in a bubble.

Shortly before the tour started, an interview with Jon was published in the Charlotte Observer and it gives a behind the scenes impression of how this tour has come together.

“In light of COVID and how long it’s been since anyone’s done this,
we went into an arena for three weeks and had rehearsals, and it was the most joyous thing I may have ever done in my life, career-wise.”

Jon also shares how the setlists for these shows are created, and it’s an exciting recipe, that would have me visiting multiple shows if they came to Europe! 
The recipe is 70% hits, the songs the audience definitely wants to hear, and 30% new material and, quote, “obscure tracks”.

From that same interview in the Charlotte Observer:

“The hits take up 70%, and that leaves you with 30% for new material and obscure tracks. That’s the kind of breakdown.
(So it leaves) you with X amount of slots for your artistic,
you know, ‘listen-and-look-at-me’ moments, when it’s just about
‘I don’t care if you don’t wanna hear this song, I wanna play it.
I’m allowed one or two of those.”

And the show in Omaha on April 1st showed there is an acoustic set in the middle of the show, so that means you’re going to be hearing different versions of songs as well.
Overall this tour’s setlist promises to be very exciting!

It may seem like a given, that Bon Jovi plays lesser known material, because  indeed having varied setlists has always been one of their main features.
But the previous tour didn’t have any surprises, and in all honesty, the only tour that was actually ever set out to include “obscure” material, was The Circle tour, 2010.
So I think it was the three weeks of rehearsals that set the tone for things to be different and fresh.
Jon saying there is room to play around with the setlist is not new; even the 70-30 rule is kind of familiar to what he’s said about it in the past.
But digging deeper into the catalog- as the setlist of the first night proves they are doing – that is new.

“I’ve been blessed. I’ve released 17 albums in my career. That’s a lot of music.
You go, ‘Oh, this one would be nice to pull out again.’
And it’s not an easy task, because the audience wants hear Song X, Y and Z.
You gotta do all the obvious hits.  You’re not gonna not play ‘Livin’ On a Prayer,’ and ‘It’s My Life,’ and ‘You Give Love a Bad Name. [..]
Believe me, it’s a good problem to have.”

“Truly, it is like a very simple [process] but nonetheless a Rubik’s Cube.”

The first night the Rubik’s Cube landed with the acoustic set on top, that included We Don’t Run, dedicated to the Ukraine, and fan favorite Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night.
Four sides of the cube were both songs the audience definitely needs to hear or they’ll start rioting, as well as songs that can be moved around.  
And for everyone flipping to the bottom there was the surprise of finding Older,  an upbeat song that will nonetheless cut to the core of fear of growing older for anyone who was an adult Bon Jovi fan at the time of the original release;
And  The Radio Saved My Life Tonight and Love’s The Only Rule.

On March 23, Bon Jovi shared a viral video on their socials, showing the people of Odessa getting their city ready to defend their city, by creating barricades with sandbags.
“It’s My Life” was blasting through the speakers, there were drums on site, with someone pounding them along with the track! 

In my opinion The Radio Saved My Life Tonight and Love’s The Only Rule, must be viewed within the same context of We Don’t Run being dedicated to the Ukraine: The context of this war.

And with Bon Jovi’s anthems being so close-knit to the war in Ukraine, I’m putting my money on Save the World being played sometime in the very nearest of Bon Jovi futures.

“Maybe I can’t save the world
But as long as you believe
Maybe I could save the world”

With all things you could possibly be doing to save the world;
Make believing in Bon Jovi one of them.

.
~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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concert setlist
Bon Jovi, Omaha, Nebraska

April 1, 2022

I ve marked the newest (2020) and the rarest (surprise!).

01. Limitless (2020)
02. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight (surprise!)
03. You Give Love A Bad Name
04. We Weren’t Born To Follow
05. It’s My Life
06. Just Older (surprise!)
07. Born To Be My Baby
08. Beautiful Drug (2020)
09. Let It Rain (2020)
10. Keep The Faith 
11. American Reckoning (2020)

Acoustic set:
12. We Don’t Run (acoustic) 

13. Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night (acoustic)

14. Who Says You Can’t Go Home
15. Lost Highway 
16. Wanted Dead or Alive 
17. Do What You Can (2020)
18. This House Is Not for Sale 
19. Have a Nice Day 
20. Livin’ on a Prayer 

Encore:
21. Love’s The Only Rule (surprise!)
22. Bad Medicine 

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A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
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Title: “Rock Star”
or “Rock Star yoga/ business/ writer”

artists: Suzanne Beenackers, little bear Puux           
art form: performance art
phase 1: earliest expressions, mixed work, July 2019 – March 2022
phase 2: April 2022 – 

PUBLIC Rock Star offerINGS: 

3 YouTube channels
1. English YouTube “Liberation”: Rock Star Yoga + Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs
2. Nederlandse YouTube “de Catacombe” studio voor Rock Star Yoga 
3. YouTube Rock Your Business
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2. Yoga Blog: Daily Bon Jovi Yoga
3. World Between Worlds
4. Dutch blog: Suzanne Beenackers

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1 Twitter account
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I BOOKS
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II Rock Star mentoring (Zoom)
at Business, Artist or Rock Star level.
Starts May 2022

III Live in-person events
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starting summer 2023:   Rock Star Yoga shows in The Netherlands, with the possibility of expanding to Europe

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Jon Bon Jovi revealed here with Julie Brown, that he wakes up with a fishbowl full of coffee. And that he’s a great flirt.

I often realize that I have never communicated what my *cough*  business model is. This is because I’m so vastly uncomfortable with it, that unconsciously I m still waiting to be saved from it.
Because surely, something better should come along, right?
But it never did.

So last week, I reconciled with what I have known for half a year or longer:
That there is no business model.

I make things and then you give me money if you want to.
That’s it, that’s the business.
Fin.

So I ve suspected for a while now, that I need to become as savvy as they come with regard to choosing my donation options.
And that I’m not even a full member of the “creator economy”! Which still has the aura of transaction, that selling something (early access, extra content, personal access) however volatile, is still at the core of the business model.

On a side-note: I m also the only blogger in the world who does not like Substack, which is a highly praised platform for writers.
Creators can have subscribers, but there is no shame on having everything set to “public”.
It would have been ideal, if didn’t instinctively dislike it. And after following a famous Dutch writer and supporting a hilarious American writer there – who I should have stuck with supporting because if not her, then what hope is there in the world for people like me who write far less comical? – after that I disliked Substack even more.

And if even the gentle, artist friendly platforms Substack and Patreon are not to your liking, then trust me; You need extra time to process how totally out of whack it is, what you want to do.
How “not done”.
Silly.
Childish.
Stupid.

But when I recovered from being the financial harlequin among bloggers, I pulled myself up by my chequered bootstraps, and stuck to my tinklers.
I create. You give. Or not, because your freedom to give what you want, is only matched by my freedom to create whatever I want. And those options include “nothing”.

I m guessing in that red cup, there’s a little bit of coffee straight from the fishbowl’s mouth…

And then I learned about a platform that immediately clicked, “Buy Me A Coffee”. Even though it had limited payment options (G Pay and credit card), but initially I thought that might have been a choice by the creator I have sponsored with it. 
It wasn’t.
I haven’t found a way to activate or find other payment options than those two either, although the platform promised to support local payment systems and I always thought entire Europe pays with debit card by now, but okay.
Maybe I missed something and installing more payment options is just another thing I ll discover in the future…

Because I definitely missed something else last week, when I finalized my decision and created a Buy Me A Coffee account!
Oh dear.

And as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to change it, and after that replace the link on all the outlets where I had already mentioned the Buy Me A Coffee link.
Which were at least 1 YouTube video, one Dutch about page, one Dutch blogpost, and three different social media, but it could have been even more.

Meanwhile I kept working, and new material was saved in drafts, thinking I would be able to post them soon.
One unposted Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs video, one White Tigress yoga video, and one drafted Daily Bon Jovi blog later, I just put myself on a creators embargo until I had it fixed.

The mistake I had made when I had finally committed to being a donation based creator and make a Buy Me A Coffee account, was that I had overlooked that I had to manually change the user handle.
So unless I identified with being “nFFDP4LFsW”, I had to go into my account and come up with a limited-digit user handle that was more pleasing to the eye.
I soon discovered I couldn’t use my whole name: Suzanne Beenackers was too long.
And because I didn’t have an alternative, I left it that way for three pieces of unpublished English Rock Star content.

Until I realized something! Wait a minute! I had published a Dutch blog, so apparently I wasn’t too worried about that audience ending up clicking the page with the numeric handle!
And it “clicked”.

Because although there will be Dutch people, like me supporting the YouTube creator of my choosing, that will support me through Buy Me A Coffee;
It really is primarily an international thing.

I do not have to have a link/ handle that matches my Dutch outlets:
I can choose an English one.
So today, after one week of letting all my English content fall by the wayside and ultimately me stopping to create (and getting quite desperate tbh), I logged onto the site and typed letter by letter, anxious if it would not be too long!
Rock
Star
Writer

And it fit!

So for those with a credit card, G Pay, and with a joyous desire to pay me, I now have a Buy Me A Coffee account, with a beautiful link:
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/RockStarWriter

We’re there.

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer

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A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
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WOAH! Jon Bon Jovi 60! 60 live performances to celebrate!

video: early beginnings!

Jon Bon Jovi turns 60 today, and to celebrate this, I have created a list of 60 live performances that we can enjoy!

I’ve already put over 8 hours in, so I will make this quick and leave you with what could turn out to be your most beloved playlist of 2022.
1. THE LINK
just click and press play, that’s how these things go down.
2. the story behind the list from the description box
3. A list with ALL the songs.
“Do you have to?” I hear you ask.
Yes, I do.
There’s 60 songs on there, and because YouTubers come and go, one or two are bound to disappear.

If I keep a list here, I can check which song went awol as soon as the number of songs drops below 60. And I can replace it.

Enjoy my fellow Bon Jovi friends!

~Suzanne

1. THE LINK

just click and press play, that’s how these things go down.
Happy Birthday Jon Bon Jovi! | 2022 03 02
60 live performances to celebrate this iconic birthday of the man himself.

2. the story behind the list from description box

From the earliest of stadiums in Japan 1984, to their earth shattering, bells ringing, angels whistling performances at Wembley 1995.
Enjoy!

I want to use this description box for 2 things: 1. Explain how the list was created, but first
2. acknowledge the creators of all the videos.

CREATORS
Thank you to all the YouTubers who are remastering and sharing the extensive bootleg library, and all those who recorded the originals in particular in the 80s and 90s. The “bootleggers roll your tapes” phrase from Jon can be heard several times I believe!
The YouTubers I want to acknowledge by name because they made my work so much easier, and this list relies so extensively on them are: PabloSantaFe87, hAnD90, Damned TV and Bon Jovi Live Concerts.

HOW THIS LIST 1984-1996 WAS CREATED
The songs are chronological, so the oldest at the top and recordings from 1996 at the bottom.
I preferred the performance to be as close to the release date of the song as possible. So f.e. 1986 performances from Slippery When Wet (1986) album tracks.
But if performances from a later date were significantly better, I chose those.
This means in particular for 1986-1989, that the albums are not recognizable in their purest form. F.e. the 1989 bracket has Wild In The Streets, from the 1986 album.
Other choices I made, when choosing which recording to share, were:
-stadium/ large crowds preferred over a more intimate setting
-recordings with video were preferred over those with stills (audio only)

-correct date (early recordings of the hit) preferred over quality of the recording.
Sometimes this meant I added other performances of the song as well, on a later date.

For Diamond Ring I added two performances, years apart.
The second one contains the story, of how this song came into being, and why it was played so long before finally making it onto a record.

And finally, I closed with an extra Always performance, because it is often an encore song; And the Wembley 1995 performance of Livin’ On a Prayer/ You Give Love A Bad Name.

These songs were actually openers, and not closing the show, in 1995.
But since I have seen the movie Bohemian Rhapsody a gazzilion times, which ends with the 20 minute show from Queen for Live Aid/ in Wembley, I just couldn’t resist, and had to close this list with a bang!

I hope you enjoy the list.

It took me 8 hours to create, so no birthday post for Jon Bon Jovi today.
But I expect to write one soon, at:
https://rockstarwriternijmegen.com/
(that’s this blog!)

So subscribe to that blog, or search it to look if I actually gave Jon Bon Jovi a worthy birthday story. So far I only have “the biggest rock star of his generation”, so it needs a little bit more! 

Have a great show!

~Suzanne
Rock Star Writer
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Okay, you’re still here, babe?
You know what’s coming now. I’m going to list out 60 performances.
Ready?

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4
3
2
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9:34
Bon Jovi – First Videos (Get Ready/Runaway) in Japan [1984]
TeoKeh

6:36
Bon Jovi – Bang Bang / Shot Through The Heart (Tokyo 1985)
PabloSantaFe87

10:47
Bon Jovi – In & Out of Love (Live 1985)
BonJovi LiveTours

7:08
Bon Jovi – Tokyo Road (Subtitulado)
Bon Jovi Subs

6:20
Bon Jovi | Heart Of America | Farm Aid I | Champaign 1985
hAnD90

4:23
Bon Jovi – Let it Rock (live from Slippery Tour 1987)
Damned TV

4:13
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name (Tokyo 1986)
MXJ Productions HD

8:30
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive Live Moscow (best Richie Sambora performance)
Nico DíazE

7:29
Bon Jovi – Drift Away (Sydney 1987)
hAnD90

4:40
Bon Jovi – I’d Die For You – Live in Tokyo 1988
Bon Jovi Live

6:06
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer – Live In Tokyo 1988
Bon Jovi Live

10:30
Bon Jovi | Get Back | Travellin’ Band | Legendary Wembley Jam | London 1988
hAnD90

10:08
Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine – Live In Tokyo 1988
Bon Jovi Live

8:27
Bon Jovi – Homebound Train (Live Brussels 1988)
elisrcence88

2:54
Bon Jovi – Ride Cowboy Ride (Tokyo 1988)
PabloSantaFe87

5:02
Bon Jovi – Wild In The Streets (Moscow 1989)
hAnD90

6:18
Bon Jovi – Lay Your Hands On Me | Pro Shot | Milton Keynes 1989
Bon Jovi Live Concerts

6:19
Bon Jovi – Born To Be My Baby (Rotterdam 1989) The Best Performance
PabloSantaFe87

8:35
Bon Jovi – Living In Sin (Niagara Falls 1989) Best Performance
PabloSantaFe87

13:00
Bon Jovi | Blood On Blood | Best Performance | Rotterdam 1989
hAnD90

9:21
Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There For You (Philadelphia 1989)
hAnD90

7:41
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer / Wanted Dead Or Alive (Los Angeles 1989)
hAnD90

5:45
Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye (Santiago, Chile 1990)
PabloSantaFe87

6:07
Bon Jovi | Wild Is The Wind | Best Performance | Osaka 1991
hAnD90

5:00
Bon Jovi – Diamond Ring (Yokohama 1991) Best Quality
Bon Jovi Live Concerts

4:49
Bon Jovi – We All Sleep Alone – (HQ AUDIO – LIVE VERSION)
Juan Manuel Medina

6:47
Bon Jovi – The Sole Truth (New Jersey 1991)
hAnD90

7:17
Bon Jovi – Cadillac Man (Osaka 1991)
PabloSantaFe87

5:59
Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory – Live An Evening with Bon Jovi 1992 HD amazing sustain Bass Alec Such!
Bon Jovi Uruguay Fan

5:34
Bon Jovi Little Bit of Soul An Evening With Bon Jovi New York 1992
SoundofMadness88

5:50
Bon Jovi – With A Little Help From My Friends
Carlos Recinos

3:00
Bon Jovi – Blood Money (Buffalo 1993)
PabloSantaFe87

5:03
Bon Jovi | I Believe | Best Performance | Oslo 1993
hAnD90

7:31
Bon Jovi – Keep the Faith (Stockholm 1993)
Damned TV

7:45
Bon Jovi – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Argentina 1993)
PabloSantaFe87

6:54
Bon Jovi – In These Arms (Buenos Aires 1993)
Damned TV

2:37
Bon Jovi – Can’t Help Falling In Love (Oslo 1993) Elvis Presley Cover
PabloSantaFe87

7:39
Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses (Milan 1993)
PabloSantaFe87

4:32
Bon Jovi – If I Was Your Mother (Quebec City 1993)
hAnD90

11:29
Bon Jovi – Dry County (Hamburg 1993)
hAnD90

3:38
Bon Jovi – Fear (live, 1993)
LoveYouAlec

2:50
Bon Jovi – I Want You (acoustic / Nashua 1993)
hAnD90

1:37
Bon Jovi | Alison | Elvis Costello Cover | Dublin 1993
hAnD90

11:15
Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There For You (Best Ad-libs / Osaka 1993)
hAnD90

4:37
“SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT” Bon Jovi – Unplugged – MTV studios 1994 (HD)
Bon Jovi para Brazukas

5:22
Bon Jovi – Always (Madison Square Garden 1994) Acoustic
PabloSantaFe87

6:17
Bon Jovi – Hey God (Europe Music Awards 1995)
PabloSantaFe87

5:21
Bon Jovi – Something For The Pain (Argentina 1995)
Sambora MX

6:59
‘THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG’ BON JOVI (GERMANY 1995 – Rock am Ring) HD + BETTER AUDIO AND VIDEO
Bon Jovi para Brazukas

6:53
Bon Jovi – These Days (Best Performance! / Johannesburg 1995)
hAnD90

7:06
Bon Jovi – Lie to Me (Deer Creek 1995)
Damned TV

1:04
Bon Jovi – Because The Night (Quito 1995) Patti Smith Cover – A Capella
PabloSantaFe87

6:35
Bon Jovi – Damned (Brasil 1995)
PabloSantaFe87

7:03
Bon Jovi – My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms (Ultimate Remaster)
É Bom Jovem

6:35
Bon Jovi – (It’s Hard) Letting You Go (Johannesburg 1995)
Damned TV

6:04
Bon Jovi – Something to Believe In (live in Yokohama 1996)
Damned TV

4:23
Bon Jovi – Diamond Ring (Live)
Bon Jovi FAN channel

8:34
Bon Jovi | Always | Incredible Performance | Wantagh 1995
hAnD90

3:55
Bon Jovi – All I Want Is Everything (Landgraaf 1996)
MXJ Productions HD

8:21
Bon Jovi – Livin’On A Prayer /You Give Love A Bad Name – Wembley 1995 (25th Anniversary)
Bon Jovi Official Live Concerts

That was it! 

 

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updated: Rock Star Yoga Studio [ NEW ]

I m going to start an online yoga studio – but I am a week delayed. In Europe the threat of war has become very real (although not as urgent as in Ukraine and for the citizens of Russia)
But I had to cope with that: I needed to understand if I still wanted to pursue teaching yoga online on YouTube.
And I will, because I think it’s more important than ever to come together and unite across the globe, celebrating the things that bind and unite us.

I will start making yoga videos this week.
New videos + new channel trailers soon! 

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nieuwe trailer en de eerste lessen volgen deze week

NEW: Books!

You can find my books The Little Mistress Who Turned Into A Baby Koala
A Boyfriend Like Jon Bongiovi
and White Tigress Yoga Workbook
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If you live in The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany, you can also order these books from me – just go to the bottom of this page:
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Bon Jovi 1985-1995 Deep cuts and cover songs (live)

video: just a snippet of Cadillac Man, lured me back in!

Click photo for the playlist. The first song is The Heart Of America, a song that was played only once. If I remember correctly, also Bon Jovi’s first show for a mega-crowd, at Farm Aid 1985. Remastered by hAnD90, who also picked the photo.

For months I ve mostly been Bon Jovi free.
In the stress of getting back to my yoga mat and yoga business after what we’ll call a yoga sabbatical the size of one pandemic, give or take 2 years, it was as if I couldn’t listen to music without feeling it distracted my thoughts and made focusing and prioritizing even more difficult.
I ve cancelled all news subscriptions, streaming services and cable, and only watch series or movies as a social activity.
Entertainment has been turned down pretty much close to zero, so that I can focus.
And I haven’t been listening to music, or at least I didn’t until a new upload on YouTube awoke something that I had not seen or felt this year!
Songs Written by Jon Bon Jovi & Notable Covers

The video contains footage from other artists performing songs by Jon Bon Jovi, but it also has footage from Bon Jovi performing them. 

And at 2 minutes I was WIDE awake when Cadillac Man from Osaka 1991 came by! 

It reminded me of the list of 102 deep cuts and rare tracks, that I had created 18 months ago or something.
A playlist that had been suffering from videos falling out, it now contained only 97 tracks. And I knew it had not been complete to begin with. Ever since creating it, I had realized there were plenty of songs not on there.

Which in turn, was a not so gentle reminder I needed to get my shit together, because for my YouTube series Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs, where I started with the first album, it WAS important to get all the deep cuts and rare tracks of the 80s lined up!
I knew I had been stalling in this YouTube series, but I also knew that once I started making headway, I was not prepared because I didn’t know what the songs were that were not on the studio albums.
I had not figured out what the complete list was of non-album Bon Jovi tracks, and the list that I had created a while back, the 102 tracks one, was not complete.

So yes, hearing Cadillac Man, Osaka 1992, in that fresh upload freaked me out. Unexpectedly.
But also: It got me back in.
What an amazing performance.
And there’s something intriguing about the year, because this is way before  the Keep The Faith tour, and years after the Jersey Syndicate Tour.

What was this?
Did they have a mini tour, in Japan, pre- Keep The Faith recording?
So many questions!
And one of the many that I will get answers to, now that I m back to listening to Bon Jovi and studying their history.

So the deal was sealed at the 2 minute marker, but it didn’t stop there.
At 3:30 Bon Jovi performing the Cher song, Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore. That New Jersey album outtake with that slightly hoarse and husky voice!!
At 6:22 These Open Arms (2005)! OMG OMG. This song is so good, I m pretty sure there are countries where there are laws against pulling songs like this from your album, instead of putting them on the record and turn them into the giant hit they deserve to be. Or there should be.
At 8:20 the song Burn With Me (2013) that we ALL know should have been on the What About Now album.

It reminded me of all the occasions Bon Jovi had failed to put forth their strongest songs, but more importantly: It reminded me of ME failing everything Bon Jovi I wanted to do, and want to do!
Update the list with 102 gems, even when I knew it had been incomplete, just make sure the 102 songs are on there.
And dive into sorting out the deep cuts from the 80s so that I have them lined up for my project Life lessons in Bon Jovi songs.

So, I did.

Restored (the 102 gems): 
Bon Jovi 1985 – 2020 Hidden Gems In Chronological Order

And new:
Bon Jovi 1985-1995 Deep cuts and cover songs (live)

And to top it off, I very unofficially decided to get back to teaching yoga online, pronto. If you want to get on the wagon for that, I ll leave you the links below.

It almost feels like the past 24 hours I heard more Bon Jovi songs, than the past 6 months altogether. My ears are ringing, my heart is pounding, and I m gonna guess I m gonna sleep absolutely terrible tonight.

But I feel more alive than I have in a million years.

~Suzanne
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