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Sue and Richie Sambora, backstage at Count Basie, New Jersey, 1994 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Hello my lovelies. Are you enjoying the summer? What there's been of it, I mean.

Usually, come August, I like to take it easy. As in, total wind down. For a whole month, I normally relocate my office to the garden and do only what's necessary for my clients and very little else... all from the comfort of my sun lounger.

Bliss.

Well, yes... ordinarily. Only this year, the weather's been so abysmal, my lounger's practically gathering dust. I've had no choice but to find other ways to occupy my time.

Born to be my Baby

Those who know me personally will tell you I'm a big Bon Jovi fan.

At least, I used to be.

From the moment I was given a copy of "Born to be my Baby", I was hooked. I fell hard for Richie Sambora (sadly, he wasn't the one who presented me the song) and even being 6 months pregnant didn't stop me from going to my first Bon Jovi concert.

Bon Jovi, Milton Keynes - 19 August 1989 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Me and Number 1 at our first Bon Jovi Concert - Milton Keynes Bowl, 19 August 1989

I bloody loved those dungarees. They were all the rage in 1989, you know. And check out that hair. Not to mention the Deirdre Barlow glasses! Oh yes. Very glam.

In the years since, Bon Jovi has been a huge part of my life. I've seen the band almost 100 times. I've followed the boys around the UK, Ireland and overseas. I've skipped work to see Jon and Richie busking in London.

Twice.

(If you used to be one of my bosses....sorry!)

I've met and stayed lifelong friends with other Bon Jovi fans around the world and I even won a Radio 1 competition to hang out with the band in New Jersey. I've gotta tell ya, chatting with Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear backstage at Count Basie before Bon Jovi's iconic Christmas show is one of the biggest highlights of my life!

I'll be there for you

Bon Jovi's songs have seen me through good times and bad. I've cried my way through break ups and celebrated milestones rocking out to massive anthems. I've driven the length and breadth of the country to see my idols, slept in the car and camped out overnight at concert venues.

Bon Jovi and I have enjoyed some epic times together and created over 25 years of memories. 

It's been a hell of a ride and I've loved every minute of it.

But lately, I've...well... Lost the faith.

(Wait for it, there's more.)

Between truly outrageous ticket prices and a sound that's progressively shifted from good old-fashioned rock to something akin to watered-down easy listening with a hint of *shudder* country twang *double shudder*, I'm afraid being a Jovi fan just ain't the bed of roses it used to be.

At least, not for me.

Never say Goodbye

After several years livin' on a prayer and hoping for just one more wild night (I did warn you), my love affair with Bon Jovi is well and truly over. The news late last year that Richie had finally quit the band after a prolonged absence was the final nail in the coffin.

It's the end of an era.

For Bon Jovi and for me.

This news has come as a bit of a shock to those around me. Although I think my gigging buddy knew before I did, when I declined to join her on the last tour. She may even have realised before that when I only went to one gig on the previous tour.

Unheard of.

So, while my clients have been enjoying a little downtime of their own this month, I've been busy saying goodbye and selling my Bon Jovi collection. And quite a collection it is, too.

Bon Jovi Memorabilia Sale - www.bonjovisale.com | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Over the years, I've amassed quite the haul of Bon Jovi memorabilia - from CDs, to Tour T'shirts, Vinyls, cassettes, (remember those?) and all sorts of goodies. I'm far from having it all, but I certainly have a LOT.

Much of my collection has been proudly displayed in every home Beloved and I have ever had and it's been a talking point for visitors. Now, it's up for sale.

Well, most of it.

I'm keeping hold of some of my most treasured items. Like the Richie Sambora signature guitar that was personally signed by Richie in 1995. And the drumstick which was given to me by Tico Torres on stage at (the old) Wembley stadium. Then there are the stunning Japanese box sets that are in beautiful condition, which I just can't bring myself to part with.

But the majority of it is going.

And I can hardly believe it myself. 

These Days

You can see the beginnings of my collection on my Bon Jovi Memorabilia Sale Facebook Page and brand-spanking new website.

Behind the scenes, I've been frantically logging all the individual pieces. I've done three days straight so far and I've hardly scratched the surface. There are still two large boxes sitting in my office, plus a huge suitcase of stuff in the loft.

Holy moly.

It's probably just as well the weather's rubbish, then!

If you, or anyone you know, is a Bon Jovi fan, please send them in my direction - either to The World of Suzy Homemaker, where they can drop a comment below, or to one of the sale sites (Facebook / website). I would dearly love for my collection to go to the homes of fans who will love these items as much as I did.

A hui hou,

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    Jenny Baker Thursday, 13 August 2015

    You've actually made me cry reading this, I have some fantastic memories that I will always treasure, I'm so glad that it rained at Milton Keynes or we would never have met. You have got me through many years of JBJ and you're the only one who will ever really understand my love of Jon.
    I love you and G and thank you for making a memory (sorry had to be done), well quite a few memories. I'll be there for you, always (pardon the puns)
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Awww... Love you, too Jen. I owe Bon Jovi and the Great British weather a debt of gratitude for sure. Thank you for loving me :p

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    Nicki Thursday, 13 August 2015

    I remember Milton Keynes Bowl with you waiting and screaming for them to land in the helicopter and getting lost on the way home stopping at a cop shop in London in the early hours for assistance. The good old days

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    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Ha ha, yes! I remember like it was yesterday!! That was the first time I got to within touching distance of Richie and I dined out on it for weeks!! Lol

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    Lucy Mitchell Sunday, 23 August 2015

    'Living on a prayer' still gets me going in the car on the M4! Great post :-)

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    Suzy Homemaker Sunday, 23 August 2015

    Or 'Livin' on a Player' as it says on the Japanese Snap Pack!! Ha ha! Thanks for the fab feedback :-)

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