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Bon Jovi members say time, changes and new stylings reflect band's growth, direction 27 May 2008
International Herald Tribune article

Source: International Herald Tribune

MUNICH, Germany: As far as Bon Jovi is concerned, Germany and Jersey aren't that different despite being separated by the Atlantic Ocean.

"We've always called it 'New Germany,' because it's like New Jersey for us," said Tico Torres, who plays drums for the quartet famous for songs like "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Blaze of Glory." The band recently embarked on a 22-date European tour to support "Lost Highway," its latest album.

"We have such a great relationship with the German people," Torres said Saturday as the band prepared to play at the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium in Munich.

"Lost Highway," Bon Jovi's 10th studio album is a decidedly American recording, though, recorded in Nashville, its 12 tracks laced with banjos and fiddles a serious departure for a band that spent 25 years turning out straight-ahead rock anthems.

Front-man Jon Bon Jovi's lyrics are also country-inspired, full of bittersweet musings on the twisting road of life.


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