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|Bon Jovi discusses new album and tour
Don't expect any dubstep breaks or wild electronic excursions on "What About Now," the upcoming Bon Jovi album.
In an hourlong telephone press conference, drummer Tico Torres, pianist David Bryan, and guitarist Richie Sambora suggested that the upcoming set — the group's twelfth — will not depart far from the sound and style that has made the group world-famous.
"If you put the four of us in a room, it's going to sound like us, because it's us," says Bryan, who recently won Tony Awards for his work on "Memphis." "You try to make it sonically up-to-date."
The band, which brings its new tour to MetLife Stadium on July 24 and 25, has already released "Because We Can," the lead single from "What About Now." Sure enough, it sounds like Bon Jovi: There's a can-do, fist-pumping anthemic chorus, a pair of guitar solos, a heavy-but-nimble drum track from Torres, and a catchy, instantly hummable melody.
"A band like us that’s been around for 30 years," says Sambora, who released the 2012 solo set "Aftermath of the Lowdown" on the small, hip Dangerbird imprint, "we’re not chasing down anything but ourselves."
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