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Rockin' all over the country 18 July 2007
Herald Sun LH article

Source: Herald Sun

THEY still look like the Bon Jovi of old, in their leather jackets and jeans.

And they still act like the boys from New Jersey, proud of their musical brotherhood that spawned numerous hit albums and No.1 singles.

But there is something different, something unexpected from one of the biggest rock bands of the past few decades. At first listen, it's their sound. It is . . . different and, perhaps even more surprising . . . intentional.

Fresh off their crossover success with a country remake of Who Says You Can't Go Home with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, that earned them the sole Grammy of their 25-year career, Bon Jovi tomorrow releases the country-influenced album Lost Highway.

And nobody in the band is sure what the reception will be.

"Who knows? This record might be over in three weeks. Or it might have 10 singles on it," Jon Bon Jovi said in a recent interview.

"I just found myself listening to this kind of music, and finding that they were telling stories. That's something we've been doing our whole career," he said. "So it was very much a fit for us."

The album appears to be personal, filled with stories inspired by the band members' lives, loves and losses. And for a group that has made every effort to avoid tabloid headlines and VH1-style Behind The Music stories, the band has had more than enough of those moments to go around.

"Richie (Sambora) and David (Bryan) suffered a lot in the last year, a lot of pain. In what had been a very peaceful decade and a half, suddenly there was a lot of pain in the organisation," Bon Jovi said.


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