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'When we were Beautiful': behind the scenes with Bon Jovi

The struggles and success of Bon Jovi, one of the longest running rock bands in history, is spotlighted in the new Showtime documentary "When we were Beautiful."

This is the first ever Bon Jovi documentary which traces the band's 25-year trajectory. The documentary debuted on

Oct. 24 and is scheduled for several airings in coming weeks.

The film was directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and produced by Academy Award®-and Emmy®-winning producers radical.media. It was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during their 2008 Lost Highway World Tour. That tour culminated with the band's concert in New York City’s Central Park.

At a recent screening, Bon Jovi and their celebrity friends came out in droves for the Hornitos Tequila-sponsored screening of the band’s Showtime documentary, “When We Were Beautiful.”  On-hand to support the group were famous old-School rock couples such as Rik Ocasek (“The Cars”) and ex-model Paulina Porzikova (who were also celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary) and Scandal's Patti Smyth and tennis star and announcer husband John McEnroe.

The documentary features illuminating interviews with the band's Jon Bon Jovi, and band members Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

“Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi, I was amazed at the candor and humility Jon and his band showed me,” said director Phil Griffin.

“The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years. It is a film about the peace of Tico, the complexity of Richie, the drive of Jon and the brutal honesty of Dave.

"It is their willingness to share their stories that gives us what I hope is a very human story — that humanity is what I believe has seen this band stand the test of time.”

Bon Jovi was 2008's top touring act in the world, coming in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Tour chart. Globally, they have sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.

A new studio album, "The Circle" will be released on Nov. 10 and the new single “We Weren’t Born to Follow” is climbing the radio charts at record speed. In addition to the documentary, Harper Collins will release a 192-page companion book on Oct 27th also titled When We Were Beautiful.

Photos courtesy of Showtime/laforce-stevens.com
 

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