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Backstage with Bon Jovi 2 March 2003 article

Source: CNN

While there for the sound check, we peered into the guitar pit. "How many guitars today?" inquires Richie Sambora of his tech, Lumpy. "Twenty-eight, we have 28 guitars," Lumpy replies. All those guitars for just one concert.

We also got a chance to sniff around their small, 8x8 dressing room. "Now you know, there's tea and Gatorade here, but in the old days there was lots of good stuff and beautiful women in my backstage dressing room," says Sambora.

This rare look behind the scenes came in the early stages of Bon Jovi's "Bounce World Tour."

"This is kinda like my office," Sambora says while staring out at the empty Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to that evening's show.

The U.S. leg of their tour is taking them through some 30 different cities, and is in support of yet another successful release, their 13th and latest studio album, "Bounce."

Bon Jovi, which has sold more than 50 million albums, made "Bounce" as a partial tribute to September 11, 2001. "It's a well rounded record," says lead singer Jon Bon Jovi. "So that when you can put that day off your mind, you can be entertained, or when you need something a little more socially conscious there are those songs. Its not a 9/11 album per se, because there were 364 other days in that year."


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