A Pennsylvania man claims he's the reason the Interwebs thought Jon Bon Jovi had died last week.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, musician Jeffrey Goho says in an interview with New Jersey's Asbury Park Press that it was a tweet he sent from his friend's account that launched the widespread Web concern that Bon Jovi had passed on.
(The interview doesn't mention the blog item, which appears to have since been removed, that asserted details for the purported death of the 49-year-old rocker.)
Goho says he started the rumor because he was frustrated that Bon Jovi didn't seem to be focusing his time on music.
"All I heard was 'Bon Jovi this,' 'Bon Jovi's starting a restaurant.' What was the latest one? The Advil commercial? It was like, 'Jeez, [Bon Jovi] was a household name due to music, not business," Goho tells the Asbury Park Press.
Goho is in a band himself, and he says that he got so worked up during a conversation with fellow band members about the state of the music industry, he says, "I just kind of took the liberty and started [the rumor], because I was so irritated."
The rumor spread widely on December 19, and Bon Jovi ended up providing photographic evidence that he was alive and well, joking with a handwritten sign that "Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey."
"Ultimately," Goho says, "I realized that his endeavors, his business endeavors, have actually made the tri-state area prosper, hence more musicians having more available places to go, more people to play to, and I was quite wrong."
It seems he's also experiencing some backlash from those who say he was seeking attention for his own band.
"It wasn't initially the case. Now, I'm not going to lie, either, I've also gotten some fans out of this," Goho says. "None of this was expected, so I'm not going to sit here and complain about it...but it wasn't my initial intention. I never really thought it would get out of the state of Pennsylvania."
What, exactly, are "Interwebs"???
I route, therefore, you exist.
@strat4jazz I was calling Goho a butt hole, for getting my hopes up. Now you're a butt hole too.
Bon Jovi is a little presumptuous isn't he?
If I died and the place I went to looked like N.J., Heaven isn't where I would think I was at.
Hey Jon, remember that promise you made? Typical democrat.
I'm 39 and grew up on Bon Jovi. I was Shocked to say the least when I heard the rumor he was dead. All you haters don't need to be here or post comments. JBJ has done more good for this world than all you people combined! He is a superstar in the world of rock , like it or not...and will be for years to come! JBJ rollin'....people hatin'....just to be heard that they hate. We live in a sad sad world!!
wow what a captivating story..and im sure that its hell that actually looks a lot like jersey
Interesting. Couldn't tell from the music.
Guy nobody's ever heard of makes things up about one of the most successful musical artists of all time.
Hey Goho, u mad?
What an idiot! Think about what would happen if someone told people you love that are close to you that you were dead. Putting people through something like that is horrible. This should be a crime!! Loser!!!
If the people who claimed to be "close" to him thought this was real then they must not be as close as they think right?
The people who believed this for more than the 10 seconds it took to look it up on the internet are morons.
I think he needs to be skinned alived
So, ahhh, this Bon guy not working on music and what exactly would humanity be missing? More pop schlock music?!?
What a dumba$$.Jon should send some goodfellas to see this idiot.Blackballing this creep in any venue would be nice.
I'm not really a big fan.
Paul is dead.
I buried paul.
I am the walrus.
Goo Goo gajoob.
One day, someone will say Jeffrey Goho is dead. Except, it will true.
But what of Jon Bovi?
Does this mean Jerry didn't die?
In other words he was jealous of Bon Jovi.
Bon Jovi uncovered evidence of this plan. When he started asking questions he was assassinated. Other people were killed to cover that murder up. Men and women who served this country with distinction. People that I worked with. Friends of mine.
I love Meli Ann
I just can't believe anyone cares about Bon Jovi. Who knew the 80's made such an impression...maybe Al Queso was right, we should all be killed...just for being so lame as to care about Reagan-era hair farmers 2 decades after the rest of humanity quit caring.
Goho should be taken out in the town's town square and be stoned to death.
Are you a good witch, or a bad witch ?
I didn't know that you could tweet just within a state! Wow, who woulda thunk?
The idea that the guy didn't think it would get out of Pennsylvania is just a lame claim. You tweet and it just goes where it goes.
Anyone who gets that upset about Bon Jovi not making music is a flaming sissy and so is anyone who thought the rumor was true.
The Advil Commercial really went over the edge for me too
We can always dream and hope.
I've seen Bon Jovi a couple of times,and even if it isn't my kind of music you have to appreciate his workmanship in his craft.
Glad to hear it was a hoax.Hey Jon you should book dudes band at one of your restaurants just for fun..
Happy Holidays everybody
People pay attention to twitter?
Whats a twitter ?
Is it like a stutter ?
Or is it more like a mumble ?
If i twitter, should i see a doctor ?
So many questions.
Too bad because I was really hoping bon govi was dead.
awww, do you need a life too?
I would post a comment but, I'm hysterically laughing at the mere thought of Jon Bon Jovi...
He should go to jail.
He didn't think it would get out of the state of Pennsylvania....REALLY? Guess he doesn't know that much about Jon after all – stupid idiot.
Yeah, because when Al Gore invented the Internet, he limited it to the state of Pennsylvania.
Who started the hoax that Jon Bon Jovi is a musician?
I blame the internet. It pulled back the curtains of how many idiots have access to computers.
Careful where you point those fingers there pal
I actually like this guy! He did something impulsively out of frustration – who doesn't – saw the rror of his ways, and genuinely accepts that it was wrongheaded. So all you Christ-like people out there who NEVER screw up like this can kiss it.
No Eric, you can kiss it. I've NEVER screwed up like that. Besides, he didn't mess with himself, he messed with someone else and spread a rumor that I'm sure upset more than a few people who personally know and care about Jon Bon Jovi, and all because the little turdlet decided HE didn't like how someone else was conducting their OWN business. He's admitting it probably he was going to get caught and the best defense is a good offense. Oh, and nice way to represent your friend. Coming on the comment board saying how great he is while you're acting like a tool. Birds of a feather.....
I don't know what's sadder – starting this rumor or admitting that you started it .
Wow-this guy comes out of nowhere, claims HE tweeted it on his friends twitter account. and subsequently the post has been removed. No way to verify this, but he still gets national press for it. Unbelievable. We all know I was the one that tweeted it. Check out my latest video:
Bon Jovi was a great man, and he was a great musician. But he was also my friend. He tried to warn me about you, and now he is dead. Other people tried to help me, and they are dead too.
Stevie Ray Vaughn is dead, and we can't get Jon Bon Jovi into a helicopter?
Your an azzhole, and proud of it.
Does he wonder why he has trouble keeping friends?
Real or imaginary ?
I used to be in the military. Used to do field work for the CIA. I've been to some horrible places. I've seen some pretty terrible things. I don't think I've ever been this scared in my whole life.
You've posted to the wrong story dude, put the bong down.
Son, part of getting a second chance is taking responsibility for what you did wrong in the first place.
You should be scared. Imagine if Bon Jovi were really dead; how much more dangerous this world would be.
Timmy have you ever seen a grown man naked?
the last time I heard any of bon jovi's recent music, I, too was sure he had passed on!!!
Uhh...did it not occur to him that it might be slander to spread something like that JUST for being "irritated"?
Look up the definition of "slander". In order to be slanderous, a hoax needs to not only be untrue, but must "defame the character". So, a hoax claiming that JBJ died after a vigorous bout of sodomy with a pony would be slanderous, but merely claiming him dead wouldn't.
This guy is a loser! Why on earth would you start any type of rumor about someone? So what if Bon Jovi is starting a restaurant, that is great! Did it ever occur to this idiot that maybe Bon Jovi is taking a break from music for awhile, and wanting to do something else that is totally different from music? They have that right. It is not like they won't be back singing again someday but everyone needs a break once in awhile! Bon Jovi has been around for along time and I don't see them going away anytime soon ( thank goodness because I am a fan :)
Thanks for having such faith and for being such a great fan.
I think this guy was full of it. Probably had nothing to do with it. Just mooching attention and played it right-just like me posting my video below-check it out if you like bacon :)
Jeffrey Goho – quite the moron
Hi....this was a sick prank. To let thousands of his fans believe he is dead, albeit briefly, is the sign of a troubled mind.
Yes, because if it's on twitter, it has some validity, obviously.
a nobody musician who can't get his foot "in the door" has become a green-eyed-monster and is jealous of Jon Bon Jovi's success. not only is this guy an idiot, he's a nobody who will always be a nobody. the result of his idiotic behavior is his only 1 second of fame...
I was disapointed to find out it was a rumor. That guy is a butt hole.
These three words I swear to you..................
I AM NOT!!
@ Madhatter, well obviously you don't know Jon, he has his moments of difficulty (just like any human) but he's as far away from a butt hole as you are from having a life.
Enjoy it dude,cuz this was the only way you would have ever saw your name mentioned in the same sentence as Bon Jovi, he who can't play/sing start rumours....
New rumor – Goho is a h o m o
pssst... I'm sure you can contact him through facebook later..
cuz he is a panty wearing f@g
This is a hoax.
I like turtles.
Jon, I am sure, has a lawyer or two. I'd sue. At least the guy might learn to mind his own business.
ctbeckyw, what grounds would you sue under? Unwanted free publicity?
J.C., the first thing that comes to mind is Libel, spreading false information in print. Not sure that Bon Jovi could prove that this idiot's lies caused damage, but if people actually believed the idiot...
I remember something about a "free" concert you promised Philly when the Philadelphia Soul won the championship a few years ago. Oh, what's that Jon, you're not the owner anymore, so that promise doesn't count? Fame surely has gone to that empty head of yours. The only thing it's good for is stopping the rain from getting in your neck.
This guy is a loser. Does he know how many people he upset? I'll boycott every single one of this bands songs cos of this idiots hoax. I hope his band fail miserably and this guy ends up working in a fast food place.
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