|Bon Jovi masters art of pleasing audience
rom pop-metal and big ballads to new-country crossovers, the Jersey boys of Bon Jovi have managed for the past 25 years to please just about everyone who owns a radio and keeps it tuned to the hit-oriented stations. They're now on a tour singing "I Love Your Town” to fans in 36 North American cities, and Oklahoma City will feel the love on Tuesday when the band hits the Ford Center with show-opener Chris Daughtry.
Just prior to launching the tour in mid-February, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres phoned in for a teleconference chat with journalists from across the country, and talked about everything from their turn toward pop-infused heartland country anthems on the No. 1-selling, Nashville-inspired "Lost Highway” album to Sambora's tough year of personal turmoil, which included divorce from Heather Locklear, a breakup with actress Denise Richards, a stint in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and the death of his father from lung cancer.
Q:When you were writing and recording "Lost Highway,” did you think the people who grew up listening to Bon Jovi were as likely to be avid fans of modern country as they are of modern rock?
A:Richie Sambora: Country music is something that I actually kind of, you know, as I grew up a little more, I sort of came to. ... I think there's probably three generations of Bon Jovi fans. We've been around for three decades now, so there's the new kinds that think we're a new band. They've been following us for two or three records. And there's the people who have been with us since the inception of this organization.
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