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New Bon Jovi Studio Album, Tour Due 27 October 2004
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Source: Billboard

A new Bon Jovi album due in the spring will be a "loud guitar, big rock record," says Jon Bon Jovi. "We're very excited about it, and I'm very confident it's going to be a big record for us."

The bandleader made the comments during an interview for a spotlight feature in the Nov. 20 issue of Billboard, which will hit newsstands Nov. 13.

Guitarist Richie Sambora says the band will launch a world tour in the late spring to support the album, dates for which have not yet been announced.

"I think we stumbled upon something again on this particular record, kind of like what happened with 'It's My Life,'" Sambora says. "When [that] came out, it seemed to give Bon Jovi a whole new audience. We've always had a vast audience base, but with this new record, what I'm feeling [is] it's kind of a new direction. It sounds very fresh, yet it sounds like us."

The band worked with producer John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Melissa Etheridge), who also co-wrote tracks with Jon Bon Jovi and Sambora. The album was recorded late this summer.

Jon Bon Jovi notes changes in the climate of the country, and the state of the music business, influenced the songwriting on the new album.

The songs reflect "personal and introspective views on issues I may have had growing up that I certainly would have never discussed publicly before. I've always kept this 'chin up, glass is half-full' kind of optimism, and [now] I showed some chinks in the armor."

The song "Last Man Standing" depicts the band leader's unhappiness with the music industry. He says it reflects his "disgust of the music business in general, and its lack of true vision when it comes to supporting the artistry of developing a song, the songwriter and the bands on the road."


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