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Bon Jovi happy to be on the road 8 April 2006
Seattle Post-Intelligencer article

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

TOKYO -- It might seem a bit odd to head off on an international tour when your lead guitarist is nursing a broken arm and you've got a hit called "Who Says You Can't Go Home" rising up the charts.

But, hey, this is Bon Jovi.

"We're working the world with a new record," lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said in an interview Friday in Tokyo, where the band was to kick off a series of six concerts. "We've been out touring for six months. We've got four more to go. This is great."

It's profitable, too - their "Have a Nice Day" tour has pulled in more than $1.2 million (euro0.97 million) , making it the most lucrative tour going right now.

But it hasn't exactly been easy.

Guitarist Richie Sambora fell in his Los Angeles home and fractured his left arm in two places last month. Bon Jovi said Sambora will be able to play the Japan dates, but he may have to cradle the guitar sitting down, and has been experimenting with putting the strap over his other shoulder.

"We'll see how it goes," Bon Jovi said at his Tokyo hotel. He added that after Japan, the band has three weeks off before heading on to Europe. "That will give him some more time to heal."


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