Eighties rock gods Bon Jovi have given up the hedonism of their youth - though they still know how to have a good time.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi insists that the band's hard-partying days are long in the past.

He laughs, "The drug era in this band is gone. TICO (TORRES, drummer) hasn't even had a drink in 10 years.

"We have different play toys now. All the things we tried to emulate from your all-time rock idols may have happened in the beginning. All the fun things young bands tell they've done, I'm like, been there, done that.

"But it's not as though we sit around in our smoking jackets in the lounge. These days after a gig there's no shortage of good wine for me and a pack of smokes, though that's where the party ends."

12/06/2003 13:48