Earlier this week, I went to the taping of Bon Jovi’s new Unplugged, and I found myself wondering how different my life would have been if I’d had MTV before 1993. For one thing, Jon Bon Jovi could’ve spurred my sexual awakening instead of the 1984 U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics team.* On the bus-subway-bus ride home to Jersey, I started thinking about all the other entertainment-themed regrets I carry with me. I’ll share mine, if you share yours…
• I never saw Journey with Steve Perry (pictured). I only saw them a few years back on that Journey/REO Speedwagon/Styx tour with a Steve Perry-lite.
• I was out of town on the weekend of Sept. 21, 2001 when my friends went to see Glitter. You know I love a good crapfest.
• In 2000, Ralph Fiennes walked into the bar where my friend Tamara, his No. 1 fan, was celebrating her birthday — right after I’d left. I don’t regret not seeing him; I regret not seeing her seeing him.
• Back when the Wallflowers first hit, I read an article that reported that Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Jakob Dylan onstage at a show in Asbury Park and sang a Sam Cooke song, which the story did not identify. In my mind, it was "Bring it on Home to Me", and it was hot.
• I didn’t go to a college that screened Jaws at the campus pool while everyone floated on inner tubes. I would so pee in the pool.
* Credit should also go to Ryne Sandberg, second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, who took the National League East in 1984.