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"Bon Jovi Proves It's As Popular As Ever" 2 May 2001
SL City pre-show article

Source: Deseret News

Let's get one thing straight Bon Jovi never broke up.

"We've always been together," said guitarist Richie Sambora during a telephone interview from Tokyo, Japan. "We had a challenge getting the new record out, and some of us have done solo albums, but we never called it quits."

Bon Jovi's Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and David Bryan.

One reason this tour seems like a Bon Jovi reunion, explained Sambora, is that it took the band five years to release its current album, "Crush." "We actually had this album ready to go in 1998. But our record company (Polygram) was swallowed up with the label merger and bought out by Seagrams. Although Bon Jovi had sold millions of albums all over the world, the people we used to work with at our offices were no longer there. So we had to literally start from scratch to promote the band."

The label sent representatives to all markets of the world to see if, indeed, the band was still as popular as it has been in the past. "That was the biggest headache," Sambora said. "We're used to selling out stadiums and packing in 60,000 people per gig. But with the new bosses, things were different. And the album was put on hold."


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