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Bon Jovi deny photo shame

By | Published on Wednesday 28 July 2010

A rep for Jon Bon Jovi has denied that the rock star was “terrified” that photos of him cavorting with nude women taken in the mid-eighties would make it into the public domain. The photographs, taken by rock snapper Ross Marino during Bon Jovi’s 1985 US tour, were originally intended as publicity shots, but later deemed to be too raunchy.

The pictures have now seen the light of day 25 years later as former Bon Jovi tour manager Rich Bozzett has published them in a new memoir of his experiences with the band, called ‘Sex, Drugs And Bon Jovi’.

Bozzett claims that he stole the negatives and kept them locked up in a safety deposit box, while the musician panicked that someone might see them. In the book he writes that, when it was realised that the pictures were missing “a panic-stricken Jon Bon Jovi immediately called up Doc [McGhee, the band’s then manager] to tell him that we needed to track down the pictures as soon as possible”.

Asked about Bozzett’s claims, a spokesperson pointed out that the former roadie might just be trying to make his book seem more interesting than it actually is, and that to suggest that a young rock star would be embarrassed by such pictures (particularly in the 80s) was just silly. They said: “This is an outtake of a photo shoot. Everyone should be so lucky at 22 years old. Rich is remembered as a nice-enough guy who was eventually in over his head as the band’s success grew. As far as his attempt to cash in on alleged experiences he had 25 years ago? No comment”.

You can see the photos here