For the past 30+ years, Bon Jovi has consistently released studio albums and taken that continually growing catalog of material on the road. Despite a hiatus in the mid-90s, rarely a year goes by without a new album or a world tour from the New Jersey natives.
The last three years have been different.
“Well, you know, when Richie [Sambora] didn’t show up for work anymore that was quite the shock,” says Jon Bon Jovi. “And we had to do 80 shows on the last tour; we didn’t have the chance to deal with any of the emotions that were involved in that because there was a show that night.”
During the Spring of 2013, Bon Jovi announced that longtime lead guitarist Richie Sambora had departed from the group, with Sambora citing personal issues as the cause, and the band would continue in his absence with touring member Phil X filling in.
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That’s not the only adversity Bon Jovi was dealing with at the time.
“Subsequently, then the record deal that was 33 years old was coming to an end and the record business has changed. It didn’t matter if you were the longest tenured or even the most successful band on the label. Change is change and they was a time when I thought we weren’t going to work it out but, eventually, I did. So there had been a lot of change that I had to deal with, so I wasn’t in any hurry to go back to the road,” says Bon Jovi.
With trouble in the rearview, Bon Jovi continues pressing forward. This House is Not for Sale, the band’s thirteenth studio album, will be released on November 4th and be accompanied by an eponymous tour with the first leg beginning on February 8, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Bon Jovi will be playing This House is Not for Sale in it’s entirety, with some select hits sprinkled in, at The Barrymore Theater on Broadway on October 20th. The performance will also be live streamed on TIDAL. You can win tickets to the show with CBS-FM. For more info, go here.
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