"I've been so blessed in this game," says Jon Bon Jovi. "And it just continues." At 33, MTV's original Peter Pan is happily married to his New Jersey high school sweetheart Dorothea, the doting father of two, and about to make his movie debut this fall in Moonlight and Valentino opposite Whoopi Goldberg. PEOPLE caught up with the rocker in Tokyo last month during an Asian tour, prelude to the band's swing through Europe, which included two shows with the Rolling Stones in Paris. Bon Jovi launches its U.S. tour on July 21.
Do you physically train for a tour?
No. You have to arrive at a place and actually perform to get your chops up. Bombay and Kuala Lumpur were like spring training for us. The first night the show was only an hour and 45 minutes, but it seemed like six. Now we're up to 2 hours and 45 minutes and feeling light on our toes.
When do you know a show is working?
As soon as the house lights go out. It's the little things that happen in those five seconds that make or break your mood. Like the intro plays, the crowd reacts, and the guitar roadie drops the guitar on your toe. You know it's going to be a bad night. Don't think that hasn't happened!
Do critics treat you fairly?
Who knows? From the minute I wrote my first song, I wanted people to like it. Fortunately, some people have. All that ever mattered to me was to be allowed to make records. We've sold 50 million records. Never in my wildest, wildest dreams did I imagine we would achieve that. I never take that for granted.