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|Bon Jovi: Video Interview
Such groundbreaking albums as Slippery When Wet and New Jersey made Bon Jovi the undisputed kings of '80s pop metal. But after a lengthy tour in support of their 1995 release, These Days, the members of Bon Jovi took a much-needed four-year break: Richie Sambora released solo records, Tico Torres painted, and Jon Bon Jovi made records and acted in films (most notably Moonlight and Valentino and U-571).
Seventeen years, countless multiplatinum albums, and one Oscar nomination after its 1983 formation in Sayreville, N.J., Bon Jovi has returned with its latest offering, Crush. Jon Bon Jovi (who appears next as a nasty husband in the upcoming Helen Hunt/Kevin Spacey/Haley Joel Osment movie Pay It Forward) talked with CDNOW about movies, his bandmates, and what it feels like to be a rock-and-roll survivor.
CDNOW: How did it feel getting the band back together after being apart for so long?
Jon Bon Jovi: This band has been together for so long that it felt very comfortable. When I did some promotional shows -- not touring at all, but if I were doing the Today show for the solo band, they were great players, but when they started to play a Bon Jovi song, it was obvious that it was the solo band. When the band got back together, that was what the sound of a band [was], it's individual solo players making a whole. When Richie [Sambora] and I get together, that's what the sound is. So we really took our time and got it right, and it looks like the wait was worth it.
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