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  • ♪ >> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK.

  • MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER AND ROCK

  • AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER WHO HAS SOLD OVER 130 MILLION ALBUMS

  • WORLDWIDE.

  • PLEASE WELCOME, JON BON JOVI!

  • >> HELLO, STEPHEN.

  • >> Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU.

  • IT'S JUST A NAME YOU CAN'T SAY CALMLY.

  • YOU HAVE TO GO JON BON JOVI!

  • YOU'VE GOT TO FILL AN ARENA WHEN YOU SAY THAT NAME!

  • >> THAT'S IT, GOOD EVENING, JON BON JOVI.

  • >> Stephen: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

  • HOW IS COVID TREATING YOU?

  • >> LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

  • YOU KNOW, IT'S BEEN UP AND DOWN.

  • I THINK, OVERALL, WE'RE PRETTY GOOD.

  • HOW ABOUT YOURSELF?

  • >> Stephen: I FEEL LUCKY.

  • I HAVE A JOB AND I GET TO COME IN AND GET THE EMOTIONS OUT

  • EVERY DAY.

  • I HAVE TO SAY, YOU LOOK BETTER THAN YOU HAVE IN 20 YEARS.

  • DO YOU FEEL BETTER THAN YOU HAVE IN 20 YEARS?

  • >> I DO, AS A MATTER OF FACT.

  • I FEEL BETTER THAN I HAVE IN 20 YEARS.

  • I WAS JUST GOING TO DRIVE AROUND FOR A WHILE AND WAVE AT PEOPLE

  • BECAUSE I LOOK SO GOOD.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> Stephen: ONE THING COVID

  • HAS DONE FOR ME IS I HAVE THESE LUSCIOUS LOCKS NOW.

  • I'VE GOT AN LITTLE TRIM AROUND THE EARS AND THAT'S ABOUT IT FOR

  • THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS.

  • YOUR HAIR HAD AN INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME, I UNDERSTAND.

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE?

  • >> I SAW YOU DO THE HEAD WAVE.

  • YOU HAVE IT ALL DOWN.

  • I THINK YOU'RE READY FOR THE STAGE OR AT LEAST, LIKE, AN REM

  • REUNION OR SOMETHING.

  • >> Stephen: I CAN PLAY MANDOLIN.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: I'M READY FOR LOSING MY RELIGION.

  • >> I SEE YOU, BUT YOU'RE WORKING THE MIRROR, YOU'RE WORKING IT.

  • THIS IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT COLBERT NOW.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO

  • DO THIS.

  • MY WIFE LIKES IT.

  • DON'T YOU LIKE IT?

  • >> GOOD, GOOD.

  • >> Stephen: SHE'S RIGHT HERE.

  • SHE'S RIGHT HERE.

  • >> CAMERA AND LIGHTS, SHE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO GO BACK TO THE

  • STUDIO.

  • >> Stephen: EXACTLY.

  • SHE CAN DO IT ALL.

  • LAST TIME WE WERE TOGETHER YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SOUL KITCHEN,

  • WHICH HAS SERVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MEALS, YOU KNOW,

  • SINCE YOU STARTED IT.

  • IT'S YOUR NONPROFIT COMMUNITY RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE A PAY IT

  • FORWARD MODEL.

  • AS WE TALKED ABOUT LAST TIME, SINCE COVID STARTED, HAVE THEY

  • BEEN BUSIER THAN EVER?

  • >> ABSOLUTELY BUSIER THAN EVER.

  • AS MOST PEOPLE ARE AWARE, IF YOU HAD A JOB ON MARCH 1, BY

  • MARCH 15, YOU KNOW, MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND WERE

  • LOOKING FOR A PAYCHECK, AND, SO, THEY WERE COMING TO THE SOUL

  • KITCHEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND WE MADE A POINT OF REMAINING

  • OPEN WHEN MOST RESTAURANTS COULD NOT.

  • WE WERE DEEMED ESSENTIAL, AND THE BASIS, AS YOU KNOW, IS

  • VOLUNTEERS.

  • BUT BECAUSE WE COULDN'T HAVE ANY VOLUNTEERS, I WAS THE

  • DISHWASHER.

  • BUT WE WERE SO BUSY, WE HAD TO START A FOOD BANK ON EASTERN

  • LONG ISLAND.

  • IT'S BEEN KOOKY.

  • THE NEED IS DIRE.

  • I HE.

  • >> Stephen: I HEARD ABOUT THE GOOD BANK.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THIS IN YOURT SHOT, BUT

  • IS THAT YOU STARTING UP THE FOOD BANK?

  • WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

  • >> WELL, I WAS WORKING THERE MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST INTO

  • SEPTEMBER, BUT WE WERE SUPPLYING THE FOOD TO SEVEN PANTRIES.

  • SO I WAS WORKING THERE THREE DAYS A WEEK, AND OUT OF THAT CAN

  • YOU SEE THINGS LIKE THE SMASHED FINGER WHICH DOESN'T PLAY THE

  • GUITAR ANY GOOD, NOT THAT IT EVER DID ANYWAY.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT DUD YOU DROP ON YOUR HAND BON JOVI?

  • >> A BIG CASE OF 40-PLUS POUNDS OF SOUP.

  • >> Stephen: ARE THE FINGERS REALLY ESSENTIAL FOR GUITAR

  • PLAYING, JON?

  • >> NOT THE WAY I PLAY.

  • I CAN JUST GET BY.

  • BUT BETWEEN THAT AND THE HERNIA OPERATION AND --

  • >> Stephen: WAIT, YOU HAD A HERNIA OPERATION?

  • >> I HURT MYSELF BAD.

  • THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS LEAD SINGERS AREN'T MEANT TO DO.

  • MANUAL LABOR IS REALLY HIGH ON THE LIST.

  • BUT I WAS THERE.

  • YU KNOW, I WAS THERE AT THE SOUL KITCHEN FIVE DAYS A WEEK IN

  • MARCH, APRIL, MAY, AND THE BEGINNING OF -- I'M SORRY, MAY

  • WE WENT OUT EAST AND WE WERE THERE.

  • IT WAS BUSY.

  • >> Stephen YOU'RE A GOOD MAN TO DO IT BON JOVI, AND I'M NOT

  • SURPRISED BECAUSE OF WHO YOUR MENTOR IS.

  • TELL ME ABOUT THIS WOMAN.

  • SPOILER ALERT, IT'S A NUN, BUT I LOVE NONE STORIES.

  • TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MENTOR HERE.

  • >> MY MENTOR, THE ONE AND ONLY SISTER MARY SCULLION WHO YOU

  • SHOULD KNOW TOLD ME SHE HAS A NUN CRUSH ON YOU.

  • NOW, I'VE HEARD A LOT IN MY DAY, BUT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY --

  • >> Stephen: HELLO, SISTER.

  • GOD BE WITH YOU.

  • ( SPEAKING LATIN ) >> THE MYELJORDAN OF THE ISSUE

  • OF HOMELESSNESS.

  • I MET HER SOME 15 YEARS AGO IN PHILADELPHIA.

  • WE MET WHEN OUR LITTLE TEENY FOUNDATION AT THE TIME WERE

  • INTERESTED IN REFURBISHING A ROW HOME.

  • I WASN'T BEING A WISE GUY BUT WHAT I SAID IS HOW MUCH WOULD IT

  • COST TO REFURBISH THE FLOCK.

  • AND SHE THOUGHT, WHO IS THIS GUY AND WHY IS HE TALKING LIKE THAT?

  • I SAID BECAUSE IF WE COULD DO A BLOCK, WE COULD DO A

  • NEIGHBORHOOD AND THEN WHO KNOWS.

  • SHE TAUGHT US EVERYTHING WE'VE KNOWN.

  • WE'VE BUILT 1,000 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THREE

  • RESTAURANTS AND THE FOOD BANK.

  • SISTER MARY IS A SISTER OF MERCY SO SHE DOESN'T WEAR A HABIT.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • BUT SHE WENT FROM BEING IN JAIL FOUR TIMES, HELPING PEOPLE

  • ON THE STREET AND FIGHTING FOR THE HOMELESS, TO BEING ONE OF

  • "TIME" MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL.

  • I TOLD HER, SISTER, WHEN YOU'RE WITH ME, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE

  • ETICKET TO DISNEYLAND ANDETH UNBELIEVABLE.

  • >> Stephen: WERE YOU TAUGHT BY NUNS?

  • TID YOU GO TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL?

  • >> YES, I WAS IN AND OUT AND IN AND OUT.

  • >> Stephen: WHOSE IDEA WAS IT FOR YOU TO BE OUT, YOURS OR THE

  • NUNS'?

  • >> IT WAS A MUTUAL AGREEMENT.

  • WHEN I WAS ASKED RECENTLY TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TIME IN CATHOLIC

  • AND GRADE SCHOOL.

  • I SAID, I CAN REMEMBER THE PRIEST PICKING ME UP BY THE

  • YEARS IN THE PLAYGROUND AND TELLING ME DON'T RUN, GETTING

  • WHACKED BY THE NUNS.

  • I HAD ALL THE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

  • I WAS AN ALTAR BOY.

  • >> Stephen: ME, TOO.

  • YOU WERE?

  • >> Stephen: HOW LONG WERE YOU AN ALTAR BOY?

  • >> LONG ENOUGH THAT MY GRANDPARENTS WOULD PAY FOR THE

  • BAKERY GOODS ON SUNDAY.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • I DID IT FOR A YEAR, MAYBE TWO.

  • >> Stephen: DID YOU BRING THE CROSS IN, DID YOU ACTUALLY GO

  • GET THE GIFTS?

  • WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

  • BECAUSE A LOT OF ROLES UP THERE.

  • >> YOU HAT TO DO EVERYTHING, FIRM CORRECTLY.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • YOU DO MORE THAN ONE MASS ON A SUNDAY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, JOEY

  • DIDN'T SHOW UP AND JOHN -- >> Stephen: JOEY IS GOING TO

  • STRAIGHT TO HELL.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) >> I WANTED THE CRUMB CAKES FOR

  • MY NANA AND POP, SO IT WAS A DEAL I HAD.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S A STAGE.

  • THE ALTAR IS, YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY PRESENTATIONAL.

  • DID THAT GIVE YOU A LITTLE TASTE OF BEING IN FRONT OF A CROWD AS

  • A KID?

  • >> THAT MIGHT BE A STRETCH, MY FRIEND.

  • THAT MIGHT BE A STRETCH.

  • I GOT CATHOLIC GUILT OUT OF IT, I GOT ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF

  • WITH IT.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY.

  • BUT I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU THAT I EVER HAD A SIP OF THE

  • WINE.

  • BUT I WAS A GOOD ALTAR BOY, AND I DUDT WHAT I DID.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, GOOD.

  • GOOD.

  • I NEVER SERVED A PERFECT MASS.

  • I WAS AN ALTAR BOY FOR 11 YEARS AND MY GOAL WAS TO SERVE A

  • PERFECT MASS WHERE THE PRIEST NEVER HAD TO ASK ANYTHING.

  • NEVER DID IT.

  • THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING HE HAD TO -- IT MADE ME A VERY GOOD

  • WAITER, THOUGH.

  • >> AND YOU CAN IMPROV, SO YOU'RE GETTING BY.

  • >> Stephen: MY WIFE WILL LOVE HEARING THIS, YOU AND YOUR WIFE

  • DOROTHEA HAVE BEEN MARRIED 31 YEARS.

  • YOU GET A BIG THUMBS UP FROM OVER HERE.

  • SHE WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART.

  • DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST DATE?

  • >> SAM AND DAVE'S.

  • >> Stephen: WOW.

  • THAT'S A COOL FIRST DATE.

  • >> SHE WENT ALONG WITH IT, AND SHE GOT IT, AND, SO, WE HIT IT

  • OFF.

  • AND THE SOUL MAN JUST HAD HIS 85th BIRTHDAY.

  • SO, YEAH, SAM AND DAVE CONCERT 1980ASBURG PARK, NEW JERSEY.

  • >> Stephen: YOU HAVE FOUR KIDS.

  • IS THE YOUNGEST IN COLLEGE?

  • >> NO, 16.

  • >> Stephen: YOU'RE LUCKY.

  • OUR THREE KIDS CAME AND QUARANTINED WITH US WHEN THIS

  • STARTED.

  • DUD YOU GUYS ALL GET BACK TOGETHER AGAIN?

  • >> YEAH, I HAD EVERYBODY BACK HOME ABOUT A MONTH AND THE BIG

  • KIDS SAID WE'LL TAKE OUR CHANCES.

  • >> Stephen: HE SAID HIS BIG KIDS SAID WE'LL TAKE OUR CHANCES

  • AFTER ABOUT A MONTH.

  • WE HELD ON TO THEM A LITTLE BIT LONGER AFTER THAT, BUT THEN THEY

  • WERE, LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT, LIFE IS A GAMBLE, WE'RE GOING.

  • >> THEY MADE A RUN FOR THE CITY, BUT I HAD THEM ABOUT A MONTH.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S GREAT.

  • DID YOU DO THE BAKING AND THE COOKING AND THINGS EVERYBODY

  • DID?

  • >> ESPECIALLY JESSE, OUR ELDEST SON, HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WERE

  • DOING ALL THE BAKING AND FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS.

  • WATCHED EVERYTHING ON NETFLIX.

  • DRANK ALL THE HAMPTON WATER IN THE HOUSE.

  • >> Stephen: IS HE THE ONE YOU HAVE THE WINE COMPANY WITH?

  • >> IT'S HIS COMPANY, I WORK FOR HIM.

  • WE WERE ALL INDULGING.

  • I SAID, I HAVE TO LEAVE SOMETHING FOR THE REST OF

  • AMERICA?

  • WHAT IS THE COMPANY?

  • WHAT IS I CAN I GET.

  • >> THE HAMPTON WART ROSEÉ WINE COMPANY.

  • IT'S THE MOST ACCLAIMED ROSEÉ IN AMERICA THE LAST THREE YEARS, A

  • 90-POINT RATING.

  • HE'S REALLY KILLING IT.

  • >> Stephen: HAMPTON WATER.

  • HAMPTON WATER.

  • THERE'S THE CATHOLIC GUILT THERE.

  • HE WENT FROM NOTRE DAME, TOOK THE BUSINESS DEGREE AND STARTED

  • A WINE COMPANY.

  • S AMANN TO THAT.

  • >> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHO ELSE MADE WINE?

  • JEEZ!

  • OUT OF WATER!

  • NO GUILT!

  • NO GUILT!

  • HE'S DOING THE LORD'S WORK!

  • >> AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE GOT IT FROM.

  • AND THE WHOLE VIBE, IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE LABEL,

  • ANDETH WHITE AND IT GOES INTO PINK AND MY WHOLE THING IS I'M

  • CHANGING WATER INTO WINE.

  • THAT'S GOT TO BE IT.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

  • WOW.

  • I LOVE IT.

  • THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

  • IT'S THE FIRST MIRACLE.

  • IT'S THE FIRST MIRACLE ATTRIBUTED TO OUR LORD.

  • >> AND THAT'S WHY I'M SUCH A BELIEVER, SIR, THE WINE.

  • >> Stephen: AND YOU DROPPED OUT OF BEING AN ALTAR BOY AFTER

  • A YEAR AND A HALF.

  • THE LORD WILL FORGIVE YOU.

  • AFTER A SUITABLE TIME IN PURGATORY, YOU WILL BE FINE.

  • >> I'VE DONE MY TIME IN PURGATORY.

  • >> Stephen: STICK AROUND.

  • WHEN WE COME BACK, I'LL ASK JON HOW THE EVENTS OF 2020 HAVE

  • INFLUENCED HIS NEW ALBUM "2020".