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Thursday January 3, 2013

NEW YORK -- Jon Bon Jovi has been with his band for more than 30 years, so he could be considered something of an expert when it comes to the durability of rock stars. Still, he is mystified at how the senior set is dominating on the stage.

"I can’t get over it," said Bon Jovi, just before his recent performance with Paul McCartney, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other superstars at the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.

At 50, he’s not ready for early retirement. The band just completed their 12th studio album, "What About Now," set for release early next year. They also have a world tour kicking off in Connecticut on Feb. 9.

He turned somber when he discussed some of the more painful events to hit him in 2012, among them the recent troubles of his 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, found unresponsive in her dorm room at an upstate New York college after an apparent heroin overdose.

"We bring home this girl the first day. Now what? Where’s the manual? There was no manual," he said. "So you bring her up the best you can, you surround her with hugs and kisses and know that she may eventually fall down.

"She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that’s the end of it. But who knew? I’ve got three more to come."