by Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY
The morning after participating in a record-breaking 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which reportedly reached 2 billion people last night and raised $35 million from ticket sales before the concert even began (and crashed servers as it aired), Jon Bon Jovi woke up to more sweet news: he'd been nominated for a Golden Globe.
"Good way to start the day," is how Bon Jovi put it on the phone today. His song Not Running Anymore is nominated for best original song from the film Stand Up Guys. The song was nominated alongside Adele's Bond tune Skyfall, Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound (Hunger Games), Keith Urban's For You (Act of Valor) and Claude Michael Schonberg's Suddenly (Les Miserables).
"It's been a whirlwind these last few days," says the Jersey native, who took the stage Wednesday night with performers including Kanye West and the Rolling Stones to aid Sandy recovery for his home state. Onstage at Madison Square Garden, Bon Jovi sang Livin' on a Prayer a capella, performed It's My Life and Dead or Alive, and paired up with Bruce Springsteen to sing their respective hits, You Can't Go Home and Born to Run. "Last night was unbelievable. It was fabulous. Look, we were there for a great cause, and Robin Hood (Foundation) is so good at making sure the money gets where it needs to go. So you're confident in raising the funds and you're confident that you're going to be distributed."
And it was fun, to boot. "But then, being a part of that show, as a performer, if you weren't on the bill, you'd be jealous," he says. "Being on that stage and playing the way we did, I was proud of us. I was proud of the band, I was proud of everyone that performed."
Backstage at the Garden, where the halls are lined with pictures of rock 'n roll greats, "well, the pictures came to life last night," he says. "And there was the Stones, and a Beatle and The Who and Billy Joel and Bon Jovi. It was really incredible."
Which brings us to this morning's accomplishment. "I can't tell you how proud I am of the songs for Stand Up Guys," says Bon Jovi, who pursued director Fisher Stevens for the better part of a year to create two songs for the film after falling hard for the script.
After first writing Old Habits Die Hard for the crime comedy, Bon Jovi was invited to the set, where instead of hanging out with stars Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, he kept his distance. "I got to witness what was in my imagination and on the page come to life. And yet, I didn't want to speak to Al Pacino or Christopher Walken because I was so in the voice of their characters and I didn't want to break that wall for me."
That's when the Globe-nominated Not Running Anymore was born. "Which is why we're having this conversation," he says.
So you can count on Bon Jovi attending the glitzy award show on Jan 13. "My wife and I will happily attend. We're RSVP-ing," he laughed.
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