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Bon Jovi talks ‘Prayer,’ price points, and the Patriots 21 July 2013 article


Jon Bon Jovi was in South Africa this spring when he happened to see a video from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” featuring a man at a gas station singing “Livin’ on a Prayer,” very exuberantly, for a bit on the show. The clip became a YouTube hit, garnering more than 17 million views.

“Wasn’t that great?” the New Jersey rocker asks on the phone from Manchester, England. “Talk about viral. That’s one of those moments in time where you go ‘How does that get that big?’”

Bon Jovi knows from big. Over the course of his namesake band’s 30-year existence, the group has sold more than 100 million records, notched mammoth hits like the karaoke staple “Prayer,” and mounted record-breaking tours. Thanks to the band’s current “Because We Can” jaunt, which hits Gillette Stadium Saturday, Bon Jovi was just named the No. 1 worldwide touring act of 2013 in the mid-year report by the concert industry publication Pollstar Magazine.

We recently chatted with Bon Jovi about the reflective tone of the group’s latest release, “Because We Can”; touring without guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band for personal reasons in April; and playing the field of his favorite football team.


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