Sometimes, you’ve just got to hear some Jovi. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)
Don Johnson: Extravagant clubber. Bon Jovi cohort.
Deadmau5: If the Internet came to life and learned to DJ.
XS: Place that manages to teleport the money directly out of your pocket in exchange for vodka.
“Livin’ on a Prayer”: The Bon Jovi song that’s still inescapable 30 years after it was released, but costs $200,000 to hear at the latter.
In what might be our favorite lawsuit of the last year (sorry, A-Rod vs. MLB), William Morris Endeavor (the agency that represents Deadmau5) and XS honcho Jesse Waits are embroiled in a lawsuit over Johnson offering Deadmau5 $200,000 to fire up “Livin’ on a Prayer” in February 2011. Thus:
On the night in question, Waits introduced Johnson to Deadmau5′s agent, Joel Zimmerman, whereupon Johnson made the $200,000 offer. (Bad call. Everyone knows the only song worth $200,000 in the Bon Jovi oeuvre is “Blaze of Glory.”) Waits vouched that Johnson was good for the money, and that’s how you end up with Deadmau5 grooving to New Jersey’s finest.
When it came time to pony up, though, Waits and Zimmerman allegedly approached Johnson at a blackjack table, but the Champagne King got hot and refused to pony up. So instead of everyone agreeing this was a ridiculous circumstance to be in over a fucking Bon Jovi song, the parties involved went in the exact opposite direction. Zimmerman was afraid to piss off Deadmau5, so Waits kicked in $50,000 and William Morris $150,000 and every classic rock DJ in America who plays “Livin’ on a Prayer” six times a day all had a heart attack at the same time.
Then Waits sued Zimmerman in June for failure to repay a $50,000 loan, and the agency fired back a counterclaim for its cash, and Waits then got in there with a motion to dismiss. Long story short, there’s supposedly a tentative settlement on the table that should be finalized before October 17. In the meantime, we suggest you keep your six-figure hair metal requests strictly to Def Leppard, Ratt or Motley Crue (ballads only).