He’s been running the Bon Jovi Experience for well over two decades, so we thought it’s about time you got to know Tony (Jon) with a quick interview.
1. What is the most used App on your phone?
Definitely SBK14 (WSB official game). I’m actually pretty addicted. Currently racing as Tom Sykes. I’m not that good at it but when I get down time that’s a good way to relax. Its not as good as the real thing but saves on race fuel and doesn’t hurt when I crash!
2. What is your perfect pizza topping?
Not a massive pizza lover but when I do it’s always a Meat Feast – steak, sausage, ham. The more meat the better.
3. If you could wake up tomorrow as someone else, who would you be and why?
Valentino Rossi. Because he’s an absolute legend. I’ve ridden bikes ever since i was 8 (that’s a very long time ago) – my first bike was a Yamaha FS1E 50cc. I still ride whenever I can and can usually be found in my garage messing about on the spanners. As for Rossi, I’ve always been a fan of his and follow his career whenever I can.
A close equal would be Guy Martin – he’s a proper Northerner like me and he says what he thinks. I once saw him on the Ferry to Ireland recently and didn’t have the guts to speak to him. The rest of the band had great pleasure in mocking me and my apparent ‘bromance’ ’.
4. What question do you hate to answer?
There’s not really a question I hate, but the most regular question that comes up in interviews is ‘What’s your favourite Bon Jovi song’. I always end up giving a different answer as there are so many good ones and impossible to answer.
5. Name 3 songs on your playlist?
Everyone always assumes that I have endless Bon Jovi tracks, however I actually don’t have any. I listen to music a lot, especially when either in the car or on the bike. I have to say the classics are the best –
Danger Zone (Top Gun) – Kenny Logins
Still of the Night – Whitesnake
The Trooper – Iron Maiden
6. What’s the longest period you have gone without sleep?
48hours and it was a killer. It was a couple of years ago and we travelled from Stoke to Dublin for a gig, then jumped in the Tour Bus and went up to Donnegal for the 2nd and then across to Belfast for the 3rd and final gig. I have to say that a well-known energy drink was my best friend for the 2 days (free samples gratefully received!)
7. What’s the strangest thing a fan has done?
Our fans amaze us with the lengths they go too. Over the years I have witnessed many strange things that I wouldn’t even think of doing – from tattoos to the odd marriage proposals! They seem to constantly be thinking of the next thing to get our attention!
8. Which famous person would you most like to see play you in a film?
Tom Cruise – he’s proper into bikes and loves speed so instantly gets my vote. He also played the role of a rock god extremely well as Stacy Jax in Rock of Ages – I could learn a thing or two!
9. Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
Jon Bon Jovi – self-explanatory!
Guy Martin – so we could discuss motorbikes, all things fast and how to grow amazing side burns!
Kate Beckinsale – this is kinda obvious but let’s just say she would add the female opinion to the conversation…….and the fact she’s quite easy on the eye to look at when eating carrots too!
10. If you were given an elephant, where would you hide it?
What?! Who even thought of that! The fact that I was even given an elephant would worry me more! I would take it to Blackpool beach and charge people to ride on it. Not technically ‘hiding’ but may as well make some money out of it!