Manchester Evening News article
GOOD stories set to good music: when it boils down to it, that's how Jon Bon Jovi summed up the secret formula that's kept his band on the road for more almost three decades.
"Starting out some 25 years ago, we grew up on the belief that great songs were the bottom line," Jon said recently about the background to the band's tenth studio album, Lost Highway.
"Lost Highway took us to a place where we could renew that belief. I believe this record has taken us back to basics."
That back to basics policy has meant the band has transcended fashion; 20 years ago, Livin' On A Prayer took them to the top of the global pop charts, but tracks like Lay Your Hands On Me, Keep The Faith and It's My Life have kept them there.
Their 1986 record, Slippery When Wet, remains the masterpiece of their classic rock vision: it was the album that launched them, that (almost overnight) turned them into stadium rock gods and that ended up going 24-times platinum around the world - even picking up a top diamond award.
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