|Bon Jovi on New Tour, Album and Getting Into Rock Hall 'Before We're Dead'
Bon Jovi fans can expect another visual feast, as the New Jersey group has become known for, when it hits the road for its Because We Can -- The Tour, which kicks off Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Conn.
"With every tour we try to up our game with that, without making it such a production that you lose the fact there's a band there," keyboardist David Bryan told Billboard during a pre-tour conference call with reporters. "For us it enhances what we do, and we've got some really cool tricks up our sleeve. It's really looking cool." Asked to reveal a couple, however, Bryan says, "Nope. Then it wouldn't be a surprise."
Certainly one of the intriguing aspects of the tour will be how Bon Jovi's set list evolves as it goes along. The group's new album, "What About Now," doesn't come out until March 26, more than six weeks into the tour -- the first time it's ever done that according to guitarist Richie Sambora.
"We'll give you the title of the song first," he noted with a laugh, while Bryan added that Bon Jovi has "started rehearsing the new songs, and we'll work 'em in" as audiences become more familiar with it. Frontman and namesake Jon Bon Jovi is in charge of each night's repertoire, Sambora and Bryan noted, with plenty of wiggle room and options built into the shows.
"There's extra ones on the side he'll call, so we're always ready," Bryan said. "We never do the same set twice...We play for at least two and a half hours, sometimes longer, so there's a lot of songs from all the records. And we know there's a stable we as fans would want to hear, so we always give them, then we change up a bunch of songs and throw in a couple new ones."
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