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Richie Sambora dishes on Bon Jovi 5 April 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune article

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Where was Jon Bon Jovi? He dispatched guitarist Richie Sambora and drummer Tico Torres to talk about Bon Jovi's 135-show, 30-country worldwide tour that brings them back to St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

The New Jersey rockers discussed their 11th studio album, "The Circle" (which debuted at No. 1 in November), what to expect from this tour and, first of all, about the singer's absence from the teleconference with dozens of journalists this winter. Sambora, he of the gritty "The Sopranos" voice, did most of the talking.

Q I hope Jon's absence this morning doesn't mean you guys are pulling an Aerosmith and moving on without him.

Sambora: "Highly doubtful, my friend."

On the tone of the songs on "The Circle"

Torres: "It's not like we're singing about being on the road and girls and cars. We couldn't have written this album if the world wasn't in the state it's in. Obama became president, so then we started feeling all this hope. Then the recession really hit, so there were a lot of feelings to write about that, how people were reacting. Jon and I kind of plugged into that. A song like 'Work for the Working Man,' people are losing their jobs all over the place. Our new single, 'Superman Tonight,' is probably the only boy/girl song on the record. But then again you can take that into a place where superman could be a fireman or a policeman or a doctor or a nurse or just a normal person doing some good in the world. So there's a story on every street corner, if you open your eyes.


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