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|Bon Jovi: 30 years later, the boys still love to rock
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bon Jovi's first single, "Runaway." But that doesn't mean the band's current tour is about nostalgia.
"It just kind of fell on that particular portion of our existence as a band," said keyboardist David Bryan during a recent teleconference with reporters. "I don't think anybody's thinking that this is some kind of finite beginning or end."
Three decades into the band's career, the members of Bon Jovi are not ready to slide into cozy nostalgia quite yet. Unlike the vast majority of rock bands to emerge from the '80s, Bon Jovi continues to regularly release new albums and mount major tours. The band hits St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for the seventh time Sunday, April 7, in support of its 12th album, "What About Now."
"The goal is to have fun," Bryan said. "The show's going around the world. It's an honor and a privilege to walk onstage and, after this many years, still be at the top of our game and have new records and new songs on the radio. For me, that's an honor and a pleasure."
Not that everything is running smoothly in Bon Jovi's camp. Earlier this week, the band unexpectedly announced guitarist Richie Sambora, who has previously done at least three stints in rehab, was going to miss the upcoming leg of the tour due to unspecified "personal issues." The band has not canceled any shows and will soldier on without Sambora.
Here's what else Bryan, Sambora and drummer Tico Torres had to share about Bon Jovi, circa 2013, in the teleconference that took place long before Sambora's sudden departure from the tour:
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