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Journey welcomes drummer Deen Castronovo back into the band

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Just as Journey starts playing live again for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the band has announced that Deen Castronovo, who was the group's drummer from 1998 to 2015, has rejoined its lineup as a second drummer alongside Narada Michael Walden.

On Wednesday, Journey guitarist Neal Schon and Castronovo hinted at Deen's return in a series of Twitter posts promoting the band's Chicago concerts this week, on Thursday at the Aragon Ballroom and Saturday at the Lollapalooza festival.

Schon's post featured the Twitter tags of the Aragon Ballroom and most of Journey's current members, plus Marco Mendoza -- who will be filling in on bass for Randy Jackson this week -- and Deen.

Also, Castronovo tweeted on Wednesday a message that reads, "It's ON!! STOKED to be playing with my brothers in Journey this weekend!! Let's DO THIS!," along with the hashtags #deencastronovo, #teamdeeno, #lollapalooza, #aragonballroom, #journeyband and #journeyfamily. The post also featured photos apparently taken at the group's rehearsals for the concerts.

Then, on Thursday, Schon chatted with fans via a Facebook thread and was asked if Castronovo was back as an official member of Journey, to which he replied, "Yes." He also noted that both Deen and Narada will be playing drums, adding, "JOURNEY AS YOU'VE NEVER HEARD US BEFORE!!!!"

Castronovo was fired from Journey in 2015 after he was arrested on domestic violence charges involving his then-girlfriend, to whom he's now married.

In 2019, Castronovo took part in Schon's short-lived Journey Through Time project, which celebrated Journey's early music and also featured founding Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and, interestingly, Mendoza.

Walden, Jackson and keyboardist/backing singer Jason Derlatka all joined Journey in 2020 after drummer Steve Smith and bassist Ross Valory were fired from the band.

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Hear a preview of Metallica's 'Jungle Cruise' version of "Nothing Else Matters"

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Get ready to hear Metallica as you've never heard them before.

Last fall, it was revealed that the metal legends had recorded an orchestral version of their song "Nothing Else Matters" for the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Cruise. Now, with the pandemic-delayed film set to finally be released this Friday, we've gotten our first preview of what Disney Metallica sounds like.

Brief snippets of the track can be heard in a new Jungle Cruise teaser, which Metallica tweeted Thursday. According to the band, you'll hear "Nothing Else Matters" not once, but twice in the film.

"It was an honor to work with renowned, legendary [composer] James Newton Howard as we reimagined the song by performing his arrangement and creating a rendition we like to think is fit for an excursion through the Amazon," Metallica says.

You'll be able to hear the recording in full when the Jungle Cruise soundtrack drops tomorrow alongside the film, which will screen in theaters and on Disney+ via Premier Access.

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Jon Bon Jovi now offering fans sneakers to match his signature rosé wine

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When your shoes clash with your wine...ugh, so embarrassing, right?  Well, Jon Bon Jovi is here to save you from that fashion faux pas.

As Wine Spectator reports, Hampton Water rosé, the acclaimed wine created by the New Jersey rocker and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, is teaming with the Italian sportswear brand Superga to create Hampton Water-branded shoes.  According to Jesse, he first encountered the Superga team at a wine event; they "hit it off," he says, and that led to the idea for the footwear.

The limited-edition "Superga x Hampton Water 2750 Cotu Classic 2021" is a canvas sneaker with a hand-painted Hampton Water logo.  It also has the words “Hampton Water” stitched across the heels and comes with two colors of dip-dyed shoelaces -- one in "rosé pink," of course, and the other in "Mediterranean blue." 

Two hundred pairs are now available for pre-order, via Superga’s website for $99.  The official release date is August 30, which means you won't be able to spend Summer 2021 sipping Hampton Water in your Hampton Water sneakers.  But there's always 2022, and maybe Bon Jovi will be back on the road by then.

Previously, Hampton Water teamed with the high-end candy brand Sugarfina to sell a line of branded rosé-flavored gummies.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons says band will continue following the death of bassist Dusty Hill

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Following Wednesday's sad news of the death of longtime ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, the band's frontman, Billy Gibbons, has revealed that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers plan to continue.

Yesterday, rock radio personality Eddie Trunk took to his Twitter feed to share a text message Gibbons sent him that reads, "As Dusty said upon his departure, 'Let the show go on!' and…with respect, we'll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes."

The 71-year-old singer/guitarist added, "Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, 'Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top.' He meant it, amigo. He really did."

The "Elwood" Billy mentions is Elwood Francis, ZZ Top's longtime guitar tech, who'd been filling in for Hill on bass at recent concerts by the band.

Before Hill's death, ZZ Top announced on their Facebook page that Dusty had to exit the band's tour and return home to Texas "to address a hip issue," and that Francis was stepping in "with his slide guitar, bass guitar, and harmonica playing in full swing."

ZZ Top canceled their show on Wednesday, July 28, in Simpsonville, South Carolina, but the band is still slated to play its next scheduled gig this Friday, July 30 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

On Wednesday, ZZ Top announced that Hill had "passed away in his sleep at home in Houston." He was 72. No cause of death has yet been publicly revealed.

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Metallica Kirk Hammett announces partnership with Gibson

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has announced a partnership with Gibson.

"It's a really great and exciting time for me to be joining forces with Gibson," Hammett says in a statement. "I look forward to achieving great things together in the future."

To celebrate the partnership announcement, Hammett took part in a 20-minute interview with Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian, which is streaming now on YouTube.

Hammett is a longtime player of Gibson guitars -- his signature axe is arguably his '59 Les Paul Standard, nicknamed "Greeny."

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Listen to rare 1968 Joni Mitchell performance of "The Dawntreader" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

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The upcoming archival Joni Mitchell compilation Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) includes a full unreleased live performance Mitchell gave in March 1968 at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa, Canada, that -- amazingly -- was recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

Now, Mitchell's rendition of her early song "The Dawntreader" from the concert has debuted as an advance track from the compilation, which is due out October 29.

Hendrix had been performing at another Ottawa venue at the same time that Mitchell was playing a residency at the coffee house and he decided to catch her show there on March 19, 1968, and record it on a reel-to-reel tape machine he owned.  The guitar legend documented his plan in a diary entry that reads, "talked with Joni Mitchell on the phone. I think I'll record her tonight with my excellent tape recorder."

After Joni's two-set show, Jimi wrote about her, describing her as a "fantastic girl with heaven words."

In a new interview featured in the Archives Vol. 2 liner notes, Mitchell recalls giving Hendrix permission to record the concert.  "He beautifully recorded this tape," Joni remembers. "Of course I played part of the show to him. He was right below me."

Unfortunately, Hendrix's tape was stolen a few days later, but the recording recently was rediscovered in a private collection that was donated to the Library and Archives Canada. The recording was then given to Mitchell, and it now will be released on Archives Vol. 2.

The five-CD collection features numerous previously unreleased live, studio and demo recordings from Joni's early career, leading up to the release of 1971's Blue.

The studio version of "The Dawntreader" appeared on Mitchell's 1968 debut album, Song to a Seagull.

Visit JoniMitchell.com for full details about Archives Vol. 2.

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Genesis to release 'The Last Domino?' compilation in November as companion to band's upcoming tour

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With Genesis preparing to kick off its The Last Domino? Tour soon, the band has announced plans to release a new companion compilation that will coincide with the launch of the North American leg of the trek.

The 27-track collection, titled The Last Domino?, will be released on November 19, four days after the North American out begins in Chicago.

The compilation, which you can pre-order now, will be available as a two-CD set or a four-LP 180-gram-vinyl package.

The Last Domino?'s track list features songs spanning from 1973's Selling England by the Pound album, which featured original frontman Peter Gabriel, through 1991's We Can't Dance, the last studio effort released by the group's classic -- and current -- trio lineup of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

The band is planning to play the majority of songs featured on The Last Domino? on its upcoming tour. Familiar Genesis tunes featured on the retrospective include "Turn It On Again," "Land of Confusion," "Hold On My Heart," "That's All," "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," "In Too Deep," "Follow You Follow Me," "Throwing It All Away," "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "Invisible Touch," "I Can't Dance," and "Abacab."

The four-LP version of the compilation will feature hardback gatefold book-style packaging, and will include rare and unseen archival images of the band, as well as photos taken during rehearsals for the new tour.

The Last Domino? Tour kicks with a series of shows in Ireland and the U.K. in September and October. The North American trek is plotted out from a November 15-16 stand in Chicago through a December 15-16 engagement in Boston. Check out all the dates at Genesis-Music.com.

Here's the full The Last Domino? track list:

CD 1
"Dukes End"
"Turn It On Again"
"Mama"
"Land of Confusion"
"Home by the Sea"
"Second Home by the Sea"
"Fading Lights"
"The Cinema Show"
"Afterglow"
"Hold On My Heart"
"Jesus He Knows Me"
"That's All"
"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
"In Too Deep"
"Follow You Follow Me"

CD 2
"Duchess"
"No Son of Mine"
"Firth of Fifth"
"I Know What I Like"
"Domino Medley"
"Throwing It All Away"
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
"Invisible Touch"
"I Can't Dance"
"Dancing with the Moonlight Knight"
"Carpet Crawlers"
"Abacab"

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Kirk Hammett teases new, "very appropriate for the times" Metallica music

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Metallica has been working on new music, and Kirk Hammett is hoping it will do more than just get people headbanging.

Speaking with Classic Rock magazine, the guitarist shares that he wants the metal legends' next album to "cut through the division" people have been feeling.

"Metallica has always been about bringing people together through music," Hammett says. "I think the sentiment now is that people need music more than ever to bring everyone together and collectively celebrate that we've got to this point."

He adds, "There's a lot of division in the world. Hopefully this Metallica album will cut through the division and bring people together in ways that are more beneficial for everyone overall."

Hammett also reveals that the new material feels "very appropriate for the times."

"Music should bring everyone together, it should be a celebration," he says. "That's what music is about. It's not about selling albums or getting Grammys, it's about putting out good music and helping the situation with that music."

Metallica's most recent album is 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.

Meanwhile, Metallica is prepping a deluxe reissue of 1991's The Black Album in honor of its 30th anniversary. That will be released on September 10, along with the 53-track Metallica Blacklist tribute compilation.

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Ozzy Osbourne announces 30th anniversary 'No More Tears' reissue

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Dry your eyes: Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears is being reissued.

An expanded digital edition of the Prince of Darkness' 1991 solo album will arrive on September 17 in honor of its 30th anniversary. Along with the original album, the reissue includes various live tracks and demos.

A new vinyl version of No More Tears will also be released on September 17. The digital and vinyl versions both can be pre-orderd now.

No More Tears, Ozzy's sixth solo record, notably featured four songs co-written by Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, including the hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home," and the Grammy-winning "I Don't Want to Change the World." The RIAA quadruple-Platinum certified record is one of Osbourne's top-two selling solo efforts, alongside his 1980 debut, Blizzard of Ozz.

"It was one of my favorite albums to make," Ozzy now says of No More Tears.

"It was really, really well done," he continues. "Every song was worked on for a long time and we spent extra time trying to get things right. But there was also lots of goofing around and we had a good time making it."

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Expansive reissue of Whitesnake's 1997 album 'Restless Heart' due in October

Rhino

Whitesnake's ongoing deluxe reissue campaign continues with a four-CD/DVD collection focusing on  the band's 1997 studio album, Restless Heart, which will be released on October 29.

Restless Heart: Super Deluxe Edition features newly remixed and remastered versions of the album, plus a variety of unreleased demos and studio outtakes, and a DVD containing official music videos, fan videos, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the record that includes new interviews with frontman David Coverdale.

Restless Heart originally was intended to be Coverdale's third studio album, but it was released as a new Whitesnake record due to label pressure. It was never issued in the U.S. at the time.

The super deluxe reissue's first disc features a 2021 remix of Restless Heart that's closer to how Coverdale originally intended for the album to sound. It includes three bonus tracks, which were originally available on the Japanese version of the record.

The original musicians who contributed to the project included guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, drummer Denny Carmassi and bassist Guy Pratt, while Coverdale tapped guitarist Joel Hoekstra and keyboardist Derek Sherinian to add their talents to the updated tracks.

Disc two features a remastered version of Restless Heart, while the third and fourth CDs boast demos and outtakes that help show how the tracks evolved to their final stage.

In addition to the aforementioned music videos and making-of feature, the DVD offers a trio of acoustic performances from the 1997 live acoustic album, Starkers in Tokyo, originally only available in Japan.

The set comes with a hardbound book featuring rare and unseen photos.

The Restless Heart reissue, which you can pre-order now, also is available as a two-CD set, a two-LP silver-vinyl release and a single CD.

Here the Super Deluxe reissue's track list:

Disc 1: Restless Heart -- 2021 Remix
"Restless Heart"
"You're So Fine"
"Can't Go On"
"Crying"
"Take Me Back Again"
"Anything You Want"
"Too Many Tears"
"All in the Name of Love"
"Your Precious Love"
"Can't Stop Now"
"Woman Trouble Blues"
"Stay with Me"
"Oi (Theme for an Imaginary Drum Solo)"
"Don't Fade Away"
"Can't Go On (Unzipped)"

Disc 2: Restless Heart -- 2021 Remaster
"Don't Fade Away"
"All in the Name of Love"
"Restless Heart"
"Too Many Tears"
"Crying"
"Stay with Me"
"Can't Go On"
"You're So Fine"
"Your Precious Love"
"Take Me Back Again"
"Woman Trouble Blues"
"Anything You Want"
"Can't Stop Now"
"Too Many Tears '95 (Live & Drunk in the Studio featuring The Horny B'stards)"

Disc 3: Dancing on the Titanic -- Early Arrangements & Getting Drum Tracks in the Studio
"Restless Heart "
"You're So Fine"
"Can't Go On"
"Crying"
"Take Me Back Again"
"Anything You Want"
"Too Many Tears"
"All in the Name of Love"
"Your Precious Love (Soul Version)"
"You Precious Love"
"Can't Stop Now (Instrumental Version)"
"Woman Trouble Blues"
"Stay with Me"
"Oi (Instrumental)"
"Don't Fade Away"
"Snakes Down South (Unreleased Demo)"

Disc 4: Restless Heart -- Evolutions
"Restless Heart"
"You're So Fine"
"Can't Go On"
"Crying"
"Take Me Back Again"
"Anything You Want"
"(Red Light Green Light)"
"Too Many Tears"
"All in the Name of Love"
"Your Precious Love"
"Can't Stop Now"
"Woman Trouble Blues"
"Stay with Me"
"Oi (Instrumental)"
"Don't Fade Away"

Disc 5: Restless Heart -- DVD-Video
"All in the Name of Love" (Fan Video)
"Anything You Want" (Fan Video)
"You're So Fine" (Music Video)
"Restless Heart" (Fan Video)
"Too Many Tears" (Music Video)
"Don't Fade Away" (Music Video)
"Can't Go On" (Acoustic Slideshow)
"Restless Heart" (Lyric Video)

Starkers Trilogy
"Too Many Tears"
"Can't Go On"
"Don't Fade Away"

Behind the Scenes
The Making of 'Restless Heart'

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Elton John rallies against HIV and homophobic misinformation: "We need to break down the myths"

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Elton John is the latest celebrity to condemn the homophobic remarks made by rapper DaBaby at Miami's Rolling Loud Festival over the weekend. 

The "I'm Still Standing" singer explained that spreading homophobic misinformation is harmful to the LGBTQ community -- especially those with HIV.

Taking to Instagram Wednesday, Sir Elton shared an post that read, "HIV misinformation and homophobia have no place in the music industry.  We must break down the stigma around HIV and not spread it.  As musicians, it's our job to bring people together." 

"We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show. This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic," the five-time Grammy winner continued in a lengthy caption.

"HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities," he expressed. "In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these."

"You can live a long and healthy life with HIV," he continued. "Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people."

Sir Elton reiterated that rather than spread misinformation, musicians should "bring people together."

"Homophobic and HIV mistruths have no place in our society and industry and as musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities," he closed.

DaBaby has since apologized for his weekend remarks, tweeting on Tuesday night, "What I said was insensitive."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Journey members discuss band's plans as new lineup prepares for its first shows this week in Chicago

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Journey returns to the concert stage this week for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 with two shows in Chicago -- one tonight at the Aragon Ballroom and the second on Saturday at the Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park.

The concerts also will mark Journey's first live performances since three new members were welcomed into the band -- bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist Jason Derlatka. However, keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells ABC Audio that Jackson -- who previously played with Journey during the mid-1980s -- will be missing the Chicago gigs.

"Unfortunately, Randy's not going to be there, 'cause he's got back surgery," Cain reports. "Marco Mendoza, a good friend of ours [who] plays great, he'll fill in for now."

Cain says he finds it interesting that Journey will launch its new chapter in Chicago, where he was born.

Journey recently released its first single with the new lineup, "The Way We Used to Be," and Cain says the band likely will include it in their sets this week, as well as plenty of the group's classic hits. Jonathan also notes that Journey will be playing a longer set at the Aragon Ballroom -- which is considered an official Lollapalooza "Aftershow" event -- so they may dig deeper into their catalog for that performance.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon, meanwhile, tells ABC Audio that he's hoping the band will be jamming more and be doing more extended sets in the future.

"I think Journey is capable of being one of the greatest jam bands in the world ever," he declares. "And everything in my intuition is telling me that it's time to…encompass it all in one concert, be daring, go out on a limb with no net and create…in front of people."

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Box set featuring Mark Knopfler's first five studio albums + B-sides compilation due in December

Rhino

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler's debut solo album, Golden Heart.  To commemorate the milestone, an expansive box set featuring newly remastered versions of all of the solo studio efforts Knopfler issued from 1996 through 2007 will hit stores on December 10.

Mark Knopfler: The Studio Albums 1996-2007 will be available as a six-CD package or an 11-LP set, and will feature remastered editions of the lauded singer, songwriter and guitarist's first five solo records -- 1996's Golden Heart, 2000's Sailing to Philadelphia, 2002's The Ragpicker's Dream, 2004's Shangri-La and 2007's Kill to Get Crimson. The box set also will include as a bonus disc a new companion compilation titled Gravy Train: The B-Sides 1996-2007.

The vinyl box set will feature two-LP versions of the five studio albums, plus the single-disc compilation, all pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. This will mark the first time that Golden Heart, Sailing to Philadelphia and, of course, Gravy Train, will be available on vinyl.

Both box sets will come with a download card allowing access to digital versions of the albums, plus six embossed art prints of the albums' covers.

The Knopfler studio album featured in the box set that saw the most commercial success is Sailing to Philadelphia, which peaked at #4 on the U.K. chart and was certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the U.S.

For full details about the box set, visit MarkKnopfler.com.

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts set to launch 2021 tour featuring shows with Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd & more

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Joan Jett loves rock 'n' roll, and the rock legend will get back to doing what she loves with her band, The Blackhearts, when they kick off a series of 2021 concerts with a show this Sunday, August 1, in San Francisco at the Stern Grove Festival.

Jett & the Blackhearts have 20 concerts lined up this year, running through a November 21 performance in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Several shows on Jett and company's schedule are joint gigs with some other big-name rock acts. These include an August 12 concert in Vienna, Virginia, with George Thorogood & The Destroyers; performances with Cheap Trick on August 28 and 29, respectively, in Chesterfield, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri; and an October 2 show in Laughlin, Nevada, with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Joan and the band also will play the 2021 of Milwaukee's Summerfest on September 9.

Meanwhile, The Stadium Tour, the long-delayed trek that will feature Joan Jett & the Blackhearts teaming up with Def Leppard, the reunited Mötley Crüe and Poison, is scheduled to finally get underway on June 16, 2002, in Atlanta. The outing is plotted out all the way through a September 7 show in San Francisco.

Visit JoanJett.com for a full list of dates.

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New Jersey names highway rest stops after Jon Bon Jovi and other home-state stars

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Sure, getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is nice, but now New Jersey's own Jon Bon Jovi is getting a real honor: a rest stop named after him on the Garden State Parkway.

The neighboring New Jersey Turnpike has rest stops named after historical New Jerseyites, like Thomas Edison, but the Parkway is going for star power, reports NorthJersey.com.  The rest stop formerly known as -- no joke -- Cheesequake will now be known as the Jon Bon Jovi Service Area.

Other famed New Jerseyites who are getting the rest stop treatment include Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Toni Morrison, James Gandolfini, salsa legend Celia Cruz and author Judy Blume.  It's all part of a campaign by the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which is installing displays about each rest stop's famous namesake.

But wait, you ask -- where's the Bruce Springsteen Service Area?

"Bruce Springsteen respectfully declined to have a service area named after him," a New Jersey Hall of Fame spokeswoman told NorthJersey.com. "It should be noted, though, that Bruce has been very supportive of the New Jersey Hall of Fame over the years, and is very much a part of the fabric of the Hall."

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