Jon Bon Jovi’s live performance of “I’ve Got The Girl” is almost always accompanied by home videos of his daughter, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, playing in the background. After all, the song was written for her about 16 years ago, when Stephanie was just 7 years old.
But during a recent concert in Las Vegas, Jon Bon Jovi skipped the home videos. Instead, Stephanie herself, now 23, joined him onstage.
“Everybody’s got a little girl in their life,” the musician, who just turned 55, told the audience mid-way through his performance of “I’ve Got the Girl.”
“Their daughter, their girlfriend, their wife, their mamma—it all goes by so fast,” he said. “And they start out as little bitty babies and their future’s looking bright. And I wrote this song for that little baby, who’s now not such a little baby anymore.”
Bon Jovi then dove back into the song and, after about a minute, Stephanie emerged from behind the stage and joined her dad, at which point they began to dance together. They ended the song with a jump, and then Bon Jovi kissed his daughter on each cheek.
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This performance from the duo feels extra special, as many are aware that things haven’t always been a walk in the park for Stephanie. In 2012, she was arrested on drug charges after a suspected overdose.
Despite her bout of trouble, though, she seems to be doing much better. And her appearance onstage at her father’s concert in Las Vegas only added to her dad’s performance.
Jon Bon Jovi and his band hit the road in February with their most recent This House Is Not For Sale tour, named after their most recently released album, which debuted on the Billboard charts at the No. 1 spot.
Bon Jovi is set to perform again in Los Angeles on March 8.