Bon Jovi gig cherry on top for Elvis

John Harvey

IT has been quite a few weeks for Idols season 6 winner Elvis Blue. As if receiving the news that he would be the opening act for international rock gods Bon Jovi was not enough, Blue (real name Jan Hoogendyk) also welcomed his second child into the world on Friday.

Jua Hoogendyk was born shortly after 7am in Blue and wife Chiréze’s home-town of George, weighing in at a very healthy 3.2kg. The couple’s other child, Lila, is three years old.

“It sure has been a wild few weeks,” Blue said.

“I had to be in Johannesburg for a show on Saturday, so I really did not have too much time to spend with my wife and new daughter.

“But we really are having a great time of it at the moment.”

A few weeks ago the Things My Father Said star also learnt that he would be opening for Bon Jovi in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week.

“It is great opening for Bon Jovi, but you can’t even compare it to having a child. She is so perfect. I, unfortunately, have been on the road a lot recently, so really my wife has done everything. She got out of the hospital yesterday [Sunday] and is doing very well.”

A family man first and pop star second, Blue is nonetheless very excited to be appearing alongside Bon Jovi, who are returning to South Africa for the first time since 1995.

The US supergroup have performed more than 2700 concerts in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans.

“Bon Jovi are great. They were the band who you used to slow-dance to when you were 14 and the girl you danced with was much bigger than you,” he quipped.

“I was at school in Potchefstroom when they were last here, in Grade 7, I think. I remember my friends were all very excited about it, but I could not afford a ticket. Let’s just say it’s payback time.”

Blue has performed alongside and collaborated with many well-known South African artists, including Just Ginger, Karen Zoid, Heinz Winkler, Tree 63, Coenie de Villiers and John Ellis. He has recorded and released five albums.

“I have to leave for Cape Town early tomorrow [today] for the Bon Jovi concert, so once again it’s on the road after being in George only a day or so.”

Bon Jovi’s South African tour dates for the Because We Can tour are the Cape Town Stadium tonight and the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.

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