I just mentioned yesterday that the more I cover Jon Bon Jovi the more awesome he seems and today is no exception. Bon Jovi and his band (sans Richie Sambora, whom he says is welcome to return anytime) are currently on tour in Europe and he’s been doing some very candid interviews. In his interview with The Mirror we covered yesterday, Bon Jovi spoke openly about his daughter’s overdose on heroin last fall, saying he hoped she was done with drugs and that the incident was his “worst moment as a father.” In this latest interview, with The London Standard, Bon Jovi was asked about Justin Bieber’s nearly two hour concert delay the last time he performed in that city. He didn’t mince words and he very clearly called Bieber out for being an unprofessional douche:
Jon Bon Jovi has branded Justin Bieber an “a**hole” for emerging on stage two hours late for a concert at the O2 arena.
The 51-year-old rock singer, who has a reputation as one of the hardest-working men in music, claimed the teenage star risks alienating his fans if he continues to disappoint.
Bieber later blamed “technical issues” and claimed he was only 40 minutes late for the show in March.
Jon, speaking to the Standard in Vienna on the latest leg of the band’s Because We Can world tour, said: “Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new.
“They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives.
“Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It’s really not cool — you’re an a**hole. Go to f***in’ work!”
Cue Justin Bieber Twitter meltdown. To his credit he hasn’t said anything online yet, just some Twitter statements about how he’s focused and knows who he is or something. He’s been doing charity work and is working with ConAgra Foods to bring food and awareness to food banks. On Friday he visited a Las Vegas, NV elementary school as part of the program. So maybe he’s trying to change, maybe he’ll pull it together and be a fraction of the professional that Bon Jovi is, but the kid is only 19 and has a huge head. He needs to learn some humility and get to work, just like Bon Jovi is saying.
Did you hear that Bieber got booed at the Billboard Awards? He received the first-ever Milestone Award, and he spent his speech defending himself, saying things like “This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of.” The crowd was booing and counter-cheering throughout it all. The Bieber backlash has only just begun.
Bon Jovi is shown in late 2012 and early 2013. Photos of Bieber are from this month. Photo credit: WENN.com and Instagram