From the Asbury Park Press:
A musician who took responsibility for starting a rumor about Jon Bon Jovi’s premature demise said he did it to protest the rock star’s publicized nonmusical activities, but now says he was wrong.
Jeffrey Goho of Fairless Hills, PA. [CBS note: Check out Jeff’s band Minutia here], said that at the time he started the rumor last week about Bon Jovi’s death he just wanted the rocker, who grew up in Sayreville, to stay behind a microphone.
Goho claims to have started the rumor with a post on a friend’s Twitter account but said he didn’t anticipate the widespread retweeting of his false report.
The night the rumor peaked, Dec. 19, Jon Bon Jovi was performing in Red Bank.
“I’m in a band as well, and I was going into the recording studio, and we had talked about how the music industry just started taking a turn into crazy new worlds that no one, really, can assess,” said Goho, 30, in a telephone interview Monday . “Long story short, I was talking to my band members on their down time, and we got so worked up in the conversation, I just kind of took the liberty and started (the rumor), because I was so irritated.
“All I heard was ‘Bon Jovi this,’ ‘Bon Jovi’s starting a restaurant.’ What was the latest one? The Advil commercial (featuring Bon Jovi)? It was like, ‘Jeez, (Bon Jovi) was a household name due to the music, not the business.’ So I’m not proud of it. I’m getting a lot of backlash from it, but as stupid as it sounds, that’s how it started. I just had a blurb and went with it.”
Among Bon Jovi’s recent nonmusical endeavors is JBJ Soul Kitchen, a pay-what-you-can community restaurant that opened in Red Bank in October, and a co-starring role in the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.”
Following the bogus report Dec. 19 that Bon Jovi was in Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and that hundreds of reporters gathered there awaiting word about his condition, the musician and actor posted a photo of himself holding a sign which read “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey” to Facebook. That night, he performed at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank as part of the Hope Concert V, a benefit concert organized by his sideman Bobby Bandiera.