Jon Bon Jovi Reveals Disguise Trick During Tour

Jon Bon Jovi reminisces about his wild touring days

by Zain ul Abedin
Jon Bon Jovi Reveals Disguise Trick During Tour
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The iconic rocker Jon Bon Jovi recently shared a delightful anecdote from his days touring with his band. While celebrating the opening of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's latest exhibit dedicated to his band, Jon reminisced about an ingenious disguise he used during the band's 1986 Slippery When Wet Tour.

In a special exhibit at the Cleveland-based museum, fans can view the hat with fake curly black hair that Jon donned to walk around undetected in front of their own hotel. Jon explained, "In order to mingle with the fans, we bought these great wigs and hats and mustaches.

We actually did pull it off in Australia. It was a lot of fun." This clever tactic allowed the band to experience the fanfare incognito, adding a layer of excitement to their tour. The story became even more interesting when Jon shared it with the late Michael Jackson, a friend he first met in Tokyo.

Despite Jackson's own history with disguises, he acted surprised by Jon's antics. "I shared that story with Michael Jackson, who pretended as though he'd never done anything like that," Jon said with a laugh. "But he had done it a lot of times, so it was a fun story to share."

Bubbles' Hotel Antics

Adding to the colorful history, Jon recalled an amusing incident involving Jackson's pet chimp, Bubbles.

During a stay in a hotel, Jon invited Jackson to join him and the band, but instead, Jackson sent Bubbles as his "representative." Jon recounted, "Bubbles comes down and wreaks havoc. He was jumping on the bed and putting on a show.

It felt like a lifetime, and the hotel management even threatened to throw us out." The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, Bon Jovi: Forever, highlights these memorable stories and showcases the band's vast legacy. The exhibit features never-before-seen artifacts from each band member alongside images, audio, and video that narrate the band’s journey from inception to the present.

Celebrating over 40 years of music, the exhibit coincides with the release of the docuseries Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, offering fans an in-depth look at one of the biggest bands ever. Jon is enthusiastic about the display, noting, "There's a lot of history here.

Fans will have plenty to explore." The exhibit is a testament to Bon Jovi's enduring appeal and significant impact on rock music. Fans eager to experience this slice of music history can purchase tickets to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and witness the legacy firsthand.