April 6, 2009 / 6:24 PM / 10 years ago

Bon Jovi documentary to be shown at Tribeca festival

Singer Jon Bon Jovi speaks during the Service Nation Summit in New York, September 12, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A documentary that aims to take a behind-the-scenes look at the rock band Bon Jovi will be screened at New York’s Tribeca film festival, organizers said on Monday.

The film about the New Jersey band, “Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,” will be shown as a work in progress during the festival that begins on April 22.

It will include interviews with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora.

“Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi, I was amazed at the candor and humility Jon and his band showed me,” British director Phil Griffin said in a statement.

“The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years,” he added.

Since the band was formed in 1983 it has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. Griffin has directed various music videos for Bon Jovi, as well as for other artists, including Amy Winehouse and Prince.

The documentary was filmed on the road during the band’s 2008 “Lost Highway” tour, named after their 10th studio album.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney

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