Jon Bon Jovi Talks Partying with Bubbles the Chimp, His Appreciation for Radio DJs and Buying Back His First Guitar Back from Sayreville Man on Jimmy Kimmel (Video Below)

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi has stories to tell, and he shared a few of them Wednesday night (April 10) on  Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Bon Jovi, the subject of a new documentary, Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, airing April 26 on Hulu told a few tales about the band’s rock and roll lifestyle, including a night of hard partying with Michael Jackson’s pet, Bubbles the Chimp, in Tokyo.

Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora had gone to Jackson’s hotel room for a meeting and a quick chat, and then invited the singer –whom he assumed was now a friend-to join the band in their hotel room for a few drinks.

 The King of Pop didn’t attend, but he did send Bubbles the chimp as his representative.

“Bubbles comes down and wreaks havoc. Bubbles parties like a rock star. Bubbles showed up, he hung hard,” Bon Jovi told Kimmel, adding that the chimp was so rowdy hotel management to threaten to evict them.

Bon Jovi also told Kimmel of how he got a DJ to play “Runaway” on the radio, which lead to his record deal, his inauspicious beginnings as a studio “gopher” lead to a gig that paid $183 to sing a holiday song for R2-D2 on the Star Wars Christmas album, how the original “Slippery When Wet” album cover with a pink border to match the big bosomed woman’s lipstick in a “Slippery When Wet” t-shirt would have been “career suicide,” buying back his first Univox guitar and taking drives with Bruce Springsteen just to talk.

 “No radio, no phones nobody, we’ll go for 100 miles where the two of us can lock the doors and go for a ride and talk, and catchup,” he says, adding that he secretly wished for a cop to pull them over.

He also revealed a new song on the forthcoming record, “I’m In Love With My First Guitar,” which will appear on the group’s next, 16th studio album, Foreverdue out June 7 was inspired by his ability to buy back his first guitar from a Sayreville man in the neighborhood, Stevie Gulick, he sold it to in 1978.

“I saw it in the same cardboard case that I sold it to him in and the same five strings instead of six…I don’t believe he ever touched it,” he said. “I picked it up and wrote a song on it that is on the forthcoming record.”

Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story, the four-part docuseries about the band, premieres on Hulu on April 26. The documentary, directed by Gotham Chopra, features interviews with all of the group’s original members — including Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013 — as well as Springsteen.

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