#14 Basel, Switzerland June 10 | 1995 Bon Jovi Concert Series (Stories)

click on the photo to go to the video review of Basel, June 10 1995

Excited to be back with the 95-96 Bon Jovi concert series!
On June 11 of this year, the audio of the Basel concert was uploaded to YouTube.
That is the big video above, which is an absolute joy to listen to.
You can find the setlist below.

My video turned out extremely well (time to abandon grainy selfie mode forever!!)
but I did totally forget one thing:
To credit the Jon Bon Jovi poster behind me, which I m sure many of you would love to buy!

I have no idea if the company sells internationally, but they ARE offering through what I think counts as “our Dutch Amazon”.
Here’s the link:
https://www.bol.com/nl/p/poster-pop-art-jon-bon-jovi/9200000059027000/?referrer=socialshare_pdp_www
(I was not able to find an international link)

Basel is the first show after their second night in Berlin.
I didn’t find any promotional shows for June 8 or 9, so I assume they really had a little time to rest.

Basel 1995 is one of the shows where Jon Bon Jovi seems to be aware that time is limited, although it speaks for them that in 1995 2 hours and 20 minutes meant “limited”.
He refers to it twice.
Both at the start, after Wild in the Streets, as well as before the final song, where he also thanks the audience for being so amazing.

The second last song is “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night”.
I ll soon be writing a meta of that song for my Box Set series on this blog.I already created a Someday I ll be Saturday Night playlist

Originally, I started this review series in real time with the 25th anniversaries of these concerts.
But because I let that go, we are now able to benefit from new uploads that were made for the 25th anniversaries of these shows.

The audio of Basel wasn’t even available at all, until June 11 this year!
This concert was marked in my behind the scenes overview as unavailable/ not reviewable,
If you watch the #13 in this series, you can see that in the description box I indicate Austria (not Switzerland) being the next stop.

So after Basel Switzerland,
our next stop really is: Zeltweg/ Spielberg, Austria, June 11th.
See you there!

~Suzanne

Set List June 10, 1995
Basel, Switzerland

01. Intro
02. Livin’ On A Prayer
03. You Give Love A Bad Name
04. Wild In The Streets
05. Keep The Faith
06. Blood On Blood
07. I Can’t Help Falling In Love (acapella)
08. Always
09. I’d Die For You
10. Blaze Of Glory
11. I Believe
12. Runaway
13. Dry County
14. Lay Your Hands On Me
15. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
~ Hippy Hippy Shake
~ Jumpin’ Jack Flash
~ Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
16. Bad Medicine
~ Shout

Encore 1:
17. Bed Of Roses
18. Hey God

Encore 2:
19. Acoustic Guitar Solo
20. Wanted Dead Or Alive
21. Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
22. This Ain’t A Love Song

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Welcome to wherever you are

Regardless of how the chips may fall, who gets the girl, who saves the day, who is the hero or who the villain – who failed and who succeeded – there is ALWAYS a turning point.
Either in a good, or at least a more satisfactory or finalized way.
Where, as time passes, you see the end result of where it was leading.
Or, which happened the last three weeks in which I did not write for this blog and everything I created for this account on YouTube and the things I did behind the scenes were a mixed bag at best, things only get worse.

It wasn’t until today that I realized me figuring stuff out, was (obviously) not working.
And that if taking time off or trying to correct things, was actually only messing it up more – it was time for a different approach.
To show up in the divine (or diabolical) work of progress this site and this account is, and to just tell that story.
To at least share, in as minimal words as I possibly can, why I lost my vision of what it is I do here.
But why I can’t let go.

So let’s start with what I tried to fix:
One year ago I started “Rock Star Yoga”, a new way of doing yoga, which I was going to talk about on YouTube, do for myself in my own yoga practice, and I started this blog to write about it.
But the most consistent in all of those things, turned out to be my writing.
That is why, about ten days ago if I recall, I renamed this website as well as our Facebook page to Rock Star Writer.
I think Rock Star Writer is the best way to describe what I do here:
I write.
And I like rock.
And even though I also occasionally do rock star yoga, and I have a lot to say about rock star inspired mindset principles (f.e. Show up “wherever you are”, and as you are, would be our mindset or life coaching theme for today);
I ve felt uncomfortable having the service based ring to “it” (yoga), almost from the start.
Even though I was not selling Rock Star Yoga, wasn’t teaching it in person, and I didn’t (and don’t) have a book out. Even though there’s no community, tribe, following to create with this blog either (these are all marketing terms) because I m such a loner.
Today I turned down a super discounted trial offer for a group program, which also gave you a self-study library that made my mouth water, which you could keep for life.
But the thought of only joining to get my hands on the library but then being in a group and having to resign from that within a month – it was just daunting.
I only do self-study, and every time I ve joined a live training I ve felt drained and weird.
This is a big confession but I’m just not the type of mentor, nor client, to have or be in a community.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have things to teach. Which in my case are stories that often begin with something Bon Jovi or with the philosophy that I called Rock Star Yoga.
I do think having Bon Jovi or the Rock Star mentality as a starting point is unique. I would have “learned” my life’s lessons a lot easier if it had been spiced up with, or wrapped up in, some solid Bon Jovi!
Storytelling is my healing craft, using Bon Jovi my specialty,  but if I would call it storytelling the “service provider” alarm would go off again.
Just like with yoga.

The service provider alarm and the group alarm; they go off a lot.
A lot!
If Covid measures had been set so tight as my service provider alarm, the Corona virus would not even have made it into this month, July.
And if the measures had been sanctioned with the same vigilance by which I am punished after being in a group (I m on day 5 of an anxiety attack, recovering from a group setting thingy I had at the end of last week)  – no one would have gotten it into their head to not obey they rules. 

I am almost programmed negatively, to be part of this world.
Every step forward, is punishable by 5 days of anxiety and an existential crisis.
Which is why – during my three week absence here – I am ending my company/ freelance after 20 years. 

So that impossibility of choosing a good name for this site, or what it is I do – without setting off my alarms – is just something I will have to live with.
I m happy I ditched the word yoga, because that definitely felt wrong. But to now have a header that just says “writer”, and not refer in any way that if you read my stories it will very likely make you feel better?
That you’ll be like: “Hey! If Suzanne f’s it up, yet she still shows up anyway, so can I!”
Rock Star “Writer” will never cover that.
There will always be people who expect I write about rock music, or will only ever write about Bon Jovi.
That was the price for cleaning up the website address and the name of the Facebook group.
It will never be perfect.
But I ve made my peace with that.
From now on, writing on this site, will continue “as planned”! Quotation marks meaning:  The writing was never planned.
Stories presented themselves as we went along, and that is the way they will keep being written.

In its own imperfect way, I have found my peace with the name and this blog never being perfect.
Which might explain why I was ready to write this tonight.
And why the other, second part of what it is I do, or did, is nowhere near feeling complete or right.
My YouTube.

Last Monday I recorded a video for it, and the short and very shameful version of it is: I tried to end it. 
It really was a “Hey! I did this 1995 Bon Jovi concert series here, and tried to transform it into a more open topic channel, and it’s not working so Bye!” – video
It was 25 minutes long, and it was actually very upbeat and happy.
It wasn’t final-final.
“I am known to change my mind” it said.

But the only – the only! –  reason it wasn’t posted, was because despite it being the middle of the day, the video had one of those misty, pale colors veils over it, that I always hope is reserved for night time shooting.
It is not.
It had been 11 AM and I still had a misty veil over my 25 minute goodbye video.
I didn’t want that to be the last video, so it was cancelled.

And within a day, I could feel new ideas were coming up…. Not ending or pausing the channel had been such a good “decision”. Quotation marks meaning here that it was chance or divine intervention, because I had nothing to do with it.

And I can still feel that it’s a good thing that parting video from last Monday, did not get posted.
Even though it did contain a nice update on where I am in life, and all the exciting work related things that are going on.
How post-entrepreneurship, post-service provider, post-limiting label anything, life actually looks like.

Bottom line is that it’s cool! 
Accepting that you have no idea where you’re going, and are clueless of where you are, is an unexpectedly calming realization.

Welcome, to wherever you are.

~Suzanne 

Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

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* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

Everything I didn’t learn from reviewing Bon Jovi

One of the most interesting parts for me, when creating the 1995 Bon Jovi concert series on my YouTube, is:
I know I ll learn something from it.
But what?

Just like my Dutch yoga series/ Dutch YouTube, which was supposed to be daily and that fell flat on its face two weeks ago;
It will be okay in the end.
But when?

My online classes, which I taught with so much joy, to friends;
I think I ll pick them up this week, but will I?

I started an entire new series for my pen name which didn’t even make it into a blog. It just stranded. It was supposed to be a 82 day series, that didn’t even make it through the first day.
And I wanted to start doing yoga with Bon Jovi albums again, meanwhile also selecting my favorite songs, reviewing these albums here…
Nothing.

When will I stop being in this cycle of uncreating and self-sabotage?

I went down a slippery slope, ultimately stopping all creative outlets, in the same two weeks I made a BIG decision with regard to work.
And yes- I suppose it was inevitable that going through the decision making process of cancelling the entire side of you that has to do with business, entrepreneurship, with marketing, content management- basically everything you’ve been doing for the past 20 years – will cost some energy.
Of course it will.
But two weeks and counting?

And then there’s some financial things I have to take care of (again, or still) that I also have not done. So after two weeks of doing very little, I also have not done anything useful except for blowing up two decades worth of experience, and (ultimately) today’s decision to start my life from scratch tomorrow.
To pull myself back up on my bootstraps, forget the last two decades, and start again. 

And yet, in those two weeks where there seemed to be forever more ground to be swept from underneath me, I HAVE been consistent with my Bon Jovi series on YouTube.
Until even that became a problem.

And I dropped out on June 6, 1995, their first night in Berlin

It was a short show: 1 hour fifty minutes.
You can find it here below.
And it was this show that could have taught me:

– to perform in less than ideal circumstances
Bon Jovi knew right from the beginning of their June 6, Berlin show, they would only be able to play a short set, before curfew set in and the police would get them off stage.
Jon Bon Jovi mentions it several times in the show.

– to push to make it memorable
It was almost like Jon was back to his “opening for the Scorpions” mode, that is how much he engaged with the crowd and cheered them on.
And Richie practically had to win over his own crowd, doing his solo song Stranger in this Town. And he too succeeded and gave everybody a great time.

– to cut corners
They didn’t play anything from their still to be released album, These Days, and focused on the songs everybody knew.

– to take risks
It was the only night they played “Never Wanna Say Goodbye”, with Steven Van Zandt. It was his song, and he was on stage with them every night in Europe.
But this was the only night they played this song. “Without practicing it” as Jon says.

– to be poetic
“The rain held up for us: I think even the angels wanted to see this show tonight.”

Today was the second rainy day in a row, for The Netherlands.
Maybe that was the reason I m still at rock bottom:
It wasn’t time yet, for the angels to intervene.

~Suzanne

Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

These blog posts will go out randomly, as topics reveal themselves.
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my personal Twitter account

* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

 The short but powerful show they gave on their first night in Berlin, with all the lessons in it, I didn’t learn.

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 

The Bon Jovi concert series, was not finished but it was not cancelled either! 
It’s just that making 1 video, analyzing shows that were 2,5 hours long, took me at least 6 hours and it just became undoable.
So it stranded temporarily.
Bon Jovi related (1996 or earlier) stories are expected and will be posted Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

These blog posts will go out randomly, as topics reveal themselves.
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* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

Coming within 24 Hours: 1995 Bon Jovi Concert Series

Jon Bon Jovi Jakarta May 6, 1995; Click for a compilation of this concert

On May 6, 2020, we go back in time 25 years, and end up in Jakarta Indonesia, where Bon Jovi will totally be rocking the house, giving a sold out concert which has been edited for television.
This moment in Bon Jovi history, will be the starting point of my new YouTube series.

And then we go…..

Starting slowly, reviewing 2, 3, concerts a week.
But soon this These Days ride will spin totally out of control!
We will have five concerts a week at times, and rocking until the end of the year.
Their 1995, our 2020.

Then we’ll have a five month rest, which I suggest we use to recover. Unless I find out remarkable Bon Jovi history was made those months, and we continue in some other format.
But either way, in May we return for our encore.
And No! 
It is not the entire These Days tour.

Just like we didn’t start at the starting date of the These Days tour, our series will end a bit differently.
With a legendary concert of Bon Jovi at a venue in the Netherlands which had not been used for rock concerts until then.
Nor has it been used for it ever again.
It was a one-off concert at a recreational park in the East of the Netherlands, June 1996. A concert remastered by hAnD90 on YouTube, and he refers to it as:

“A concert and setlist, so long and filled with magnificent songs
that it feels almost surreal.”

hAnD90 on Bon Jovi | Live at Het Rutbeek | Enschede 1996

It’s May 5 now…. 2020. And I feel I have SO much to do!
Film the introduction, prepare tomorrow’s video.
And how the hell will I keep up?

You know what? 
I have no idea.

But I guess if they can do it, touring the world at this crazy pace;
Then in some way, shape or form: So can we, 25 years later.

Let’s go.

~Suzanne

The Bon Jovi concert series, was not finished but it was not cancelled either! 
It’s just that making 1 video, analyzing shows that were 2,5 hours long, took me at least 6 hours and it just became undoable.
So it stranded temporarily.
Bon Jovi related (1996 or earlier) stories are expected and will be posted Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

These blog posts will go out randomly, as topics reveal themselves.
You can find the subscription button on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

Rock Star Writer on Facebook*
my personal Twitter account

* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

I ve Become A Yoga Teacher Again And It’s “Showing” (request for patience)

It took a couple of days, before I realized what is going on, and that I will be inconsistent as a content creator (both YouTube and writing, both in Dutch and in English) for a longer period of time.
And that my new business as an online yoga teacher – something I just pulled out of hat and ran with it – is sincerely pulling me off track.

I need to send out some kind of statement, on what is going on behind the scenes, because the guilt is starting to eat at me.
Saturday I started my business, and that’s when it started.
And now it’s Wednesday, day 5, and I ve got my third live class tomorrow night, and I have three other appointments.
How did I get 4 appointments,  in quarantine??
Tomorrow morning I have an hour’s work very very early, because of renovations around the house that require my help.
Then I have an appointment with a curator, who is dealing with the company that went out of business and that still has my mailbox.
Then I have hours of admin work and a financial appointment.
And then tomorrow night I have my third live call, which will also be the first Rock Star Yoga class I ever teach, not counting the half hour videos I created for YouTube.

And I feel my own body craving, craving yoga….
Well actually it’s craving sex, but with the C. crisis I put that in the fridge.
I mean, what are the rules on sex?
“The” rules or even  just “my” rules?
If I want to be a responsible citizen (and I have vowed to be that, until this crisis is over and then I will never be “Good” again), can I have sex without being married/ living together?
Or with someone new?
With someone I already know?
With someone in good health under 70? 

I don’t know, it’s complicated, and to be honest I ve just written sex off for now.
But just to be sure that when I say my body is craving yoga, you know I m lying.
I think it’s debatable if any body has ever craved for yoga, if you ask me.
But I m digressing.

So my body is craving for yoga, but instead of having two yoga moments a day (videos and my own practice), I would now ideally have three:
– my own practice
– the two videos
– teaching yoga online
Since doing the first two had already proven to be a problem – I would get aches and pains in my joints and around my bones – it goes without saying that this week has been impossible.
Today, Wednesday, is my day free from online yoga, and I had hoped to make my YouTube videos, do my creative writing (which I have also not done for weeks) All I managed to do was my groceries, get daylight, cycle, take a nap. 

So there you have it.
Huge mess.
Oh, and I hardly sleep because teaching nights is messing with my rhythm.

So for now, all I can say is that I have to prioritize straightening out – well, first of all myself! Doing my own personal yoga practice, whilst fully acknowledging that is not what the body really wants but that’s all I can offer it right now.
And then, secondly, I m focusing on teaching a good online class.

So both the English Rock Star Yoga channel channel as well as my Dutch yoga channel will be having new videos.
With the Dutch Corona semi-lock down extended to end of April, I m not sure yet when, or how often.

For me, one of the reasons I started Rock Star Yoga, was because I believed raising your energy was very important.
Living in freedom, and not limiting yourself by what is “good” (doing yoga on Wednesday night) and what is “bad” (secret relationships). I called it Rock Star Yoga because for me it stood for having the life force just flow through you in it’s purest form:
Sex.
And purpose or passion.

With sex being cut off, I think I m unconsciously searching how I can expand on my purpose and passion, how I can go all-in, more-in, on that, so that I get by.
So that I don’t completely lose all my life’s energy, by being cut off from my own sexuality, with all these rules of social distancing.

Rock Star Yoga was a two pillar philosophy. It was both sex and purpose.
With one gone, it’s just going to take a little while, before I ve got my alternative energy sources in place.
.
But once you see me creating two videos a day, you know I nailed it.
Or broke the rules.
.
~Suzanne

Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

These blog posts will go out randomly, as topics reveal themselves.
You can find the subscription button on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

Rock Star Writer on Facebook*
my personal Twitter account

* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

Some Pesky Pink Flamingos (YouTube confession)

No, no, no; Don’t worry!
This is by no means the heavy soul searching stuff, I had to tackle last time,
in order to come out on the other side.
Far from it.
It has actually been an amazing weekend, where I felt very much alive as a yoga teacher, for the first time in years.
And this includes feeling alive as a Rock Star Yoga Teacher.
.
It’s just that I had to come on and write here, Sunday late at night, because I was/am irritated that my videos for Rock Star Yoga YouTube, fell through.
I accomplished so much, including setting up my new business as a local online yoga teacher, only to see something so close to my heart failing.
I love Rock Star Yoga.
It’s what gave me direction, what showed me the way back to yoga, at a time when I thought I was lost forever.
.
And then in the weekend when I started a new yoga business;
I “failed” Rock Star Yoga.
.
It was as if the videos were cursed.
I threw out a Bon Jovi talk video and multiple yoga videos titled Pink Flamingos.
And although I look forward to filming it again tomorrow morning, I think:

“What is it with those birds? Why is it so difficult?”
If I get a hold of them after all, that new video will be uploaded on my Rock Star Yoga channel. 
But meanwhile, I thought let’s hop on here, and explain what Pink Flamingos actually means.
As a Bon Jovi reference?
I think only the die hardest of fans will know.
And those who do, probably didn’t know until in this century, when internet and fan groups became a bigger thing.
I m pretty sure that in the eighties, when Pink Flamingos by Bon Jovi originated, no one knew.
.
Pink Flamingos is the amazing synthesizer intro to Let it Rock, the first song on the Slippery When Wet album.
I ve called it “Sex on a keyboard” once, and I ll do it again:
Pink Flamingos is sex on a key board.
Written and played by David Bryan, Bon Jovi’s keyboard player.

In my Rock Star Yoga origin story, the intro to Let It Rock plays a big role.
I consider it my sexual awakening.
.
So why that video of mine, the yoga video Pink Flamingos, where I was going to do lots of balance poses – because “Flamingo”- why that keeps being postponed, dismissed or deleted?
I don’t know.
.
But who knows how long it took David to get it right.
.
And then maybe, one Monday late March he got it.
.
Let’s hope so.
~Suzanne
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Update 

In June 2020, I renamed this site from Rock Star Yoga to Rock Star Writer.
I ll update all blogposts (there are 46) and will get my fingers into the YouTube channel soon, including retrieving content I had to take down in January because of technicalities.

New videos expected too, at Suzanne Beenackers YouTube

About this blog

These blog posts will go out randomly, as topics reveal themselves.
You can find the subscription button on this page, probably somewhere on the right.

Rock Star Writer on Facebook*
my personal Twitter account

* sadly enough all referrals/ links to the Rock Star “Yoga” page on Facebook (url), have become invalid. I intend to start curating this blog, and update the links.

#3 Crush | Rock Star Yoga Bon Jovi Series

We’re at the zero’s!
2000-2009 *)

And when selecting a title for this video, I thought:
“It has to be something that honors the productivity and success of the band in this era,
as well as the ultimate price they would pay for it.”

Bon Jovi created 5 studio albums in this decade, plus a 4-5 disc box set “100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t be Wrong”, one live album One Wild Night, and a reinterpretation of their songs “This Left Feels Right”.
So they left an amazing body of work for this decade.
But it was also the decade Bon Jovi’s guitarist Richie Sambora would start to drift away from the band.

click to see video

In English “crush” means to be good at something, “to crush it”. Like crushing an exam.
But crush also means to destroy something with pressure. Like crushing something with your weight, or crushing something in your fist.
So the title Crush from the first album of the decade, already has everything in it.

Both the success: They would crush it, in that decade.
As well as the price they would pay because ultimately, a part of the band got crushed or Richie Sambora got crushed, under the wheels of the rolling train.
That kept on going.

I think there is a big lesson to learn, from this decade.
That in life, or even on your yoga mat, the best way to do things is not to do them for a certain outcome, but because it’s what you need to do.
It’s what you came here to do.

And not only are you not doing it to get a certain outcome;
You re willing to accept ANY outcome.
Even the worst. Even the biggest price you would have to pay.

Anything you can do with that kind of purity and intensity and authenticity, is amazing.
You will never ever regret that.

For yoga, which is of course a very small example of this, but for yoga this means letting go of the idea that your practice is going to bring you health or balance but to do the yoga in the moment and do what you need to do or want to do.
Regardless of the outcome.

A comparison I like to make is that Jesus died for his message, died for his purpose work.
I ve always believed that is an inspiring example because it shows you it is really not an option to not do it. Ultimately you have got to do it regardless of the outcome, and even accepting the worst outcome possible.

I think the zeros, the decade, was for Bon Jovi an example of that same principle.
They did what they had to do. They did what they came here to do.
It was purposeful and they had to accept the ultimate price.

We will return to this decade many times in this series.
But this is for me what characterizes this decade.
It’s the huge success that came at incredible cost.

~Suzanne

*) YOUTUBE UPDATE  

There has been a fail in YouTube editor, which at that moment “unlocked” the unedited versions of 5 years of YouTube.
That’s why I took all my videos down, except the videos from this new series.

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My new Rock Star Yoga project means
one wisdom/ lesson/takeaway from every Bon Jovi song known to man.
To receive new episodes in your email,
subscribe to this blog.
The button is somewhere on this page,
probably on the right.

Other ways to rock it with me:
Rock Star Yoga YouTube (earliest access)
Rock Star Yoga on Facebook
my personal Twitter account

All songs from the Crush album, will be reviewed individually along this series with help of
https://bjtours.jimdofree.com/the-albums/2000-crush/
Thank you guys for this amazing fan site, it is priceless.

help wanted:
Does anyone know what this mysterious XL version of the These Days album is?
It seems to be for the Spanish speaking market.

Rock Your Yoga

Rock Star Yoga is based on principles of being your own teacher, raising your energy, using your body as your instrument, and full creative freedom in your practice.

If you would like to practice with a teacher first, here are my recommended resources:

Yoga with Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Yoga with Kassandra
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithkassandra

Rebel Yoga Nederlands:
https://www.rebelyoga.nl/

#2 Blaze of Glory | Rock Star Yoga Bon Jovi Series

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Oh my! The gems, the gems! *)
There is SO MUCH to unpack here. But what a treat.

I have to say, no one was more surprised than me that out of all the 90s songs I could have selected for today, I chose this one.
But by now I m convinced it just needs to be.

Blaze of Glory (1990) is the title track from the Jon Bon Jovi album, the soundtack to the movie young Guns 2.

The story behind the album, what Jon Bon Jovi was going through in his life, tells you two powerful lessons:
– braving the wilderness
To stand alone when everybody you counted on has left you.
(title refers to book from Brene Brown)
– and to follow your curiosity
A request from the team of Young Guns 2 to use Wanted Dead or Alive, led to creating a new song, led to creating an entire soundtrack, led to Jon hanging out on set and getting his first taste of acting, and an album which practically outdid the movie it was supporting,
and it established Jon Bon Jovi as a solo artist.

Because Jon Bon Jovi was willing to brave the wilderness and follow his curiosity, he came out stronger and got his band together late 1991.
And in my opinion it was his solo work on Blaze of Glory that sparked what many fans call the best Bon Jovi song ever written, Dry County (1992)

Also memorable:
Jon Bon Jovi gave an interview summer 1990, when he rented a house in Hollywood Hills (which he called Disgraceland) close to the recording studio for the Young Guns 2 album.
HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST INTERVIEW HE EVER GAVE
interview Jon Bon Jovi and Julie Brown on “Disgraceland” 1990
part 1
part 2
part 3

Click photo to watch video

Also in this video:
I discovered I have a poster from Jon Bon Jovi from this period!
Take it in for future reference!
Because if at any point in time, I m sighing that I miss “old Jon” or “rough Jon”; This is what I m talking about.
He cut his hair and went for a cleaner look for Keep the Faith (1992), and later on when he became an actor he waxed off his chest hair and it seemed to stay that way for a very long time.
But I ve always preferred leather pants, badass Jon, who camped with his crew in the wilderness for days, without running water, filming his Blaze of Running video

Other links to this video:
video Blaze of Glory (shot in the wilderness)

Santa Fe – live London Arena 2010
Song from his Young Guns solo record,
played live “for the die-est hardest of the die-est hardest fans”

Dry County – live 1995
Best Bon Jovi song ever written (in my opinion) and rarely ever played live

~Suzanne

*) YOUTUBE UPDATE  

There is a fail in YouTube editor, which has “unlocked” the unedited versions of 5 years of YouTube.
I have therefor taken everything down, except the videos from this new series.

My new Rock Star Yoga project means
one wisdom/ lesson/takeaway from every Bon Jovi song known to man.
To receive new episodes in your email,
subscribe to this blog.
The button is somewhere on this page,
probably on the right.

Other ways to rock it with me:
Rock Star Yoga YouTube (earliest access)
Rock Star Yoga on Facebook
my personal Twitter account

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source material:
https://bjtours.jimdofree.com/the-albums/1990-blaze-of-glory-jbj-solo/
Thank you guys for this amazing fan site, it is priceless.

help wanted:
Does anyone know what this mysterious XL version of the These Days album is?
It seems to be for the Spanish speaking market.

Rock Your Yoga

Rock Star Yoga is based on principles of being your own teacher, raising your energy, using your body as your instrument, and full creative freedom in your practice.

If you would like to practice with a teacher first, here are my recommended resources:

Yoga with Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Yoga with Kassandra
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithkassandra

Rebel Yoga Nederlands:
https://www.rebelyoga.nl/

#1 Get Ready | Rock Star Yoga Bon Jovi Series


Get Ready!
First in my new Rock Star Yoga Series:
A journey through all Bon Jovi songs known to man.

I got ready for this series with 10 hours of work, and I still haven’t figured everything out.
For example I m looking for help with a These Days album I found that doesn’t seem connected.
See links below for details.

But for yoga too:
I prepared for a year before I started!
Mentally playing and adopting the idea of yoga as my own, before I set foot into a yoga class.

If this is you – that you need to fall in love with the idea of something before you move a finger, then this is important information to remember!
Because the entire world, including yoga, seems to be based on experience first.

In Rock Star Yoga, I emphasize that you need to “feel it” or even “know it” before you do it.
Let me rephrase:
Before you ROCK IT.

~Suzanne

Click to Get Ready

My new Rock Star Yoga project
means
one wisdom/ lesson/takeaway from every Bon Jovi song known to man.
To receive new videos in your email,
subscribe to this blog for the next episode.
The button is somewhere on this page,
probably on the right.

Other ways to rock it with me:
Rock Star Yoga YouTube (earliest access)
Rock Star Yoga on Facebook
my personal Twitter account

source material:
https://bjtours.jimdofree.com/the-albums/1984-bon-jovi/
Thank you guys for this amazing fan site, it is priceless.

References in episode 1, Get Ready:

video Bon Jovi – Get Ready (Super Rock Festival 1984)
See bottom post

video Bon Jovi – Full Concert (Lisbon 2011)
Get Ready was played at 28:45

help wanted:
Does anyone know what this mysterious XL version of the These Days album is?
It seems to be for the Spanish speaking market.

Rock Your Yoga

Rock Star Yoga is based on principles of being your own teacher, raising your energy, using your body as your instrument, and full creative freedom in your practice.

If you would like to practice with a teacher first, here are my recommended resources:

Yoga with Adriene
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Yoga with Kassandra
https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithkassandra

Rebel Yoga Nederlands:
https://www.rebelyoga.nl/