03:26 PM EDT 08/23/2014
Originally posted 07/08/2008 12:00PM
Jon Bon Jovi gave Detroit’s East Side something to sing about Monday. The Grammy winner helped knock down a block’s worth of buildings to make room for five new homes.
The houses are being built by a partnership between the rocker’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the Saturn car company and Habitat for Humanity.
“I wanted to give something back to you,” the rocker, whose foundation provides affordable housing to communities in need, told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. After construction crews demo’d amid “Knock it down!” chants, Detriot-area Saturn dealers helped raise the first wall of a new home.
Bon Jovi, 46, in town for a concert that night as part of his Lost Highway Tour, gave a speech and then said he had to leave: “I have to go my day job now.”
Originally posted 10/15/2007 11:00AM
He's been married to his childhood sweetheart, Dorothea, for 18 years, and they have four children. But Jon Bon Jovi admits he's waded into the "shallow pool" of the rock-star life over the years.
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