Bandiera performing with Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Lake Como, New Jersey, 2008
|Birth name||Robert Bandiera|
|Born||October 19, 1953|
|Instruments||Electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Associated acts||Bon Jovi. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes|
Bobby Bandiera (born 26 October 1952) is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter from New Jersey. Bandiera plays rhythm guitar for Bon Jovi in live performances and is lead guitarist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Bandiera and his band (The Bobby Bandiera Band) have backed Bruce Springsteen at benefit concerts.
Bandiera began playing in clubs over 45 years ago at the age of 16. He was originally in a band called Holme from Orange, New Jersey. They debuted in 1970, and were the house band for years at Dodd's in Orange, New Jersey and D'Jais in Belmar, New Jersey, where Bandiera still makes occasional appearances.
In the early 1980s, Bandiera recorded a series of songs with Paul Czekaj, playing lead guitar and singing. His brother, Frank, accompanied them on drums. The style of guitar he played on these songs relates more toward a country western influence, said to have come from his mother. The songs were not released until 2009, on an album titled "The Saved Recordings" by Paul Czekaj. The listing of the tracks Bandiera was featured on is: "I Want You Back Again," "Rock and Roll Boy," "It Won't Happen Again," and "In The Middle of the Night."
A local legend on the Jersey Shore associated with the Jersey Shore sound, Bandiera's appearances with other local legends Cats on a Smooth Surface date back to the early 1980s and clubs such as The Stone Pony, when Bruce Springsteen would jump onstage with them on Sunday nights. Bandiera was considered for the guitarist position in the E Street Band for the Born in the U.S.A. Tour in 1984 when Steve Van Zandt left the band, but this position went to Nils Lofgren. In 1985, Bandiera replaced Billy Rush as guitarist for Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, a position he holds to this day. In the mid-1990s, Bandiera and Southside Johnny made a number of shows as a duo. He has also played with Dave Edmunds, and has his own band, the Bob Bandiera Band, which performs regularly in the New Jersey area when Bobby is not on tour.
Bandiera has released three solo albums and often played during Springsteen's Asbury Park holiday shows of the early 2000s. His most famous song is "C'mon Caroline" which he co-wrote with Bob Burger, another very talented Jersey shore musician. He also does studio musician work and has appeared on albums by Cyndi Lauper, Patti Scalfa and others.
From 2005, Bandiera has played rhythm guitar in Bon Jovi's live performances.  According to Jon Bon Jovi, he is on 'permanent loan' (having not played with the Jukes since 2010) to the band from Southside Johnny. and is lead guitarist for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Bandiera and his band (The Bobby Bandiera Band) have backed Bruce Springsteen at benefit concerts. During the period where Richie Sambora was in a rehabilitation facility, Bon Jovi made appearances with YouTube and Fretted Americana hero Phil X.
The tracks on Bobby Bandiera's 2005 album "Is my Father There" are:
- 1. Don't Stop (Lovin Me)
- 2. Over, Under (Sideways, Down)
- 3. Rock N' Roll City
- 4. Another You
- 5. Love (Love Messing with my Mind)
- 6. Don't Bring me Down
- 7. Claudine
- 8. Young at Heart
- 9. Here comes the Sun (Beatles Cover)
- 10. You've got Trouble
- Bandiera · (Released 1991)
- Dog Loves You · (Released 1995)
- Is My Father There · (Released 2005)
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