Jon Bon Jovi's homelessness tour
Published 02/03/2010 | 06:29
Jon Bon Jovi has vowed to learn more about homelessness on his new tour.
While on tour, the singer plans on visiting as many homeless shelters and programmes as time allows in the hope of getting ideas and inspiration to shape his own work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a Philadelphia-based charity that fights homelessness.
He said: "I've spent the last quarter of a century touring, going from arena-stadium to hotel back to arena-stadium-hotel - this time, because of my foundation's work over the last six years building affordable housing, on my days off and when the opportunity arises ... I will go do shelters and try to learn more about the issue and how to combat it."
But Jon, 47, said he didn't have any regrets about not starting his charity work earlier.
"I don't think I was ready for it," he said. "When you're a boy in a rock band, you want to go out and see the world and do all the great things you're supposed to do when you join a rock band.
"Now there's another aspect to it. There's just more to be said and done, and the difference that can be felt on the trail that you've made."
One of Jon's stops is Skid Row in Los Angeles with Steve Lopez, the columnist who wrote The Soloist, about a schizophrenic, homeless and wildly talented cellist.
"Skid Row is an eye-opener," Lopez said. "I don't know Jon Bon Jovi, but I suspect he may come out of this with a keener sense of how many people are suffering in this economy, and of how many people on Skid Row are dealing with a combination of financial, physical and mental health issues, many of them veterans."