BJ Article from Indianapolis Star
Jon Bon Jovi and his band have avoided the traps that tripped up other groups.
By David Lindquist
July 3, 2000
Jon Bon Jovi didn't expect you to forget his band and its worldwide sales of 80 million albums.
So even though rock 'n' roll has changed quite a bit since Bon Jovi's last recording (1994's These Days), the 38-year-old vocalist isn't ready to call the band's new release, Crush, a comeback.
"I guess the only thing I was cocky enough to think is, 'Gee, when you've been around this long, people know the name,' " Bon Jovi says during a recent telephone interview. "They might not know all the songs, or they might not have you first on their list these days, but that's OK. You've been here as long as dirt."
It's not as if the members of Bon Jovi have been on musical hiatus for six years. The singer issued his second solo album, Destination Anywhere, in 1997, and guitarist Richie Sambora released Undiscovered Soul in 1998.
Nevertheless, neither of those projects set the charts on fire. Even These Days was a bit of a commercial letdown (if 1 million copies sold in the United States can be termed a letdown) for one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1980s.
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