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December 17, 2012

Jon Bon Jovi Blazes New Trail in Film Music with Stand Up Guys


Rock superstar Jon Bon Jovi nabbed a Golden Globe nom this week for "Not Running Anymore," one of two original songs he wrote for Stand Up Guys, a new film starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. The songs are the first he has written and performed as a solo artist for film since "Blaze of Glory" 22 years ago. After a recent solo performance in New York City, Jon Bon Jovi talked to ASCAP about the creative satisfaction of writing songs for film again.

Stand Up Guys looks at the relationship between old friends (Pacino, Walken and Arkin), who just happen to be life-long criminals. Bon Jovi's approach to writing songs for the film, directed by Fisher Stevens, was different than his previous work writing for film. In 1990, he wrote and performed songs for the motion picture Young Guns II. The soundtrack was released as Blaze of Glory, with the title track being nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar, and taking home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

SCL's Exec Dir. Laura Dunn, Stand Up Guys film director Fisher Stevens, the film's composer Lyle Workman, SCL President/ASCAP Board member Dan Foliart, Jon Bon Jovi and ASCAP's Charlyn Bernal.

Pictured (l-r) at a special screening of Stand Up Guys and Q&A event sponsored by the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) in LA on November 19th are SCL's Exec Dir. Laura Dunn, Stand Up Guys film director Fisher Stevens, the film's composer Lyle Workman, SCL President/ASCAP Board member Dan Foliart, Jon Bon Jovi and ASCAP's Charlyn Bernal.

With a new Golden Globe nomination under his belt, Jon Bon Jovi once again proves his versatility as an artist. Creating great art is never easy - whether crafting music meant to be quietly felt in a theatre or rocking out in of the world's largest arenas - but Bon Jovi, ever the workhorse, puts his back into it.

Speaking of rocking out, on the heels of performing for the historic 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, December 12th, Bon Jovi is gearing up for a monumental year in 2013. The band is set to launch their "BON JOVI Because We Can - The Tour," which kicks off in Uncasville, CT on February 9th, and will release a brand new album, What About Now, sometime in the spring.

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