Pittsburgh Post Gazette article
| Bon Jovi at 30: Even with a new CD, the band holds on to what it's got
When the lights go down Thursday night at Consol Energy Center, fans will be treated to two-plus hours of their favorite Bon Jovi songs, along with a handful from an album they've yet to hear.
"What About Now," the first new Bon Jovi record in four years, doesn't arrive until March 26, so it will be an adventure for both the band and its fans to see how the songs are received.
"It's the first time we've ever done this," guitarist Richie Sambora says during a recent teleconference. "In the band's existence, it's the first time we've ever actually toured before we put a record out, so I guess we're going to find out."
When veteran bands venture into new material, even new material that's already been released, the norm is for fans to use that time as a bathroom break. The guitarist isn't losing sleep over it.
"They don't go away," he says, then stops. "I mean, geez, I don't know. A lot of times, it depends on their age. Some people gotta go more often than others. Can't blame 'em."
So far, the one taste fans have of the new album is the single "Because We Can," a formula Bon Jovi rocker with an upbeat vibe and a bright, shout-along chorus. The song was written, in part, as a kind of rallying cry for a world going through a tough spell.
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