Bon Jovi has just released their 12th Album, What About Now. Those of you looking for another Slippery When Wet or New Jersey, you will have to keep looking, this album isn’t it. I can’t even call this a hard rock album, it simply is not. What About Now is more of a mainstream pop rock album.
Jon Bon Jovi’s voice is in fine form, and he sounds great, but the music is too poppy to hold my interest for very long. Bon Jovi has always been a band that has spread its wings and tried it’s hand at different musical styles. While as a hard rock album, this may be an epic fail, as a pop rock album, it isn’t too bad. The music just isn’t what I want to hear on a Bon Jovi album. I long for the hard rock style that made Bon Jovi famous. I guess the millions of dollars the band is making touring has allowed them to become a genre defying act. Good for them, bad for the hard rock fans out there.
What About Now might not be the epic disaster that the countrified clay pigeon Lost Highway was, but it still won’t hold much appeal to the hard rock fans out there. The big stadium anthems and heavy riffs of their earlier music can’t be found on the new album. That is the style of Bon Jovi music I enjoy, and for that reason I just can’t get into listening to this.
What About Now leaves me with this final thought, “What About The Rock”!? It is still okay to rock Jon! Your new album does not.
This is perhaps a shallow perspective on What About Now, but this hard rock fan probably won’t give this CD any more plays beyond today.
If you have an open mind, and are a fan of pop/rock or possibly even Christian rock, by all means, give What About Now a shot. If your taste in music leans towards the harder style of rock or heavy metal music, you will probably want to avoid this album. Tread at your own risk!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Because We Can
2. I’M With You
3. What About Now
4. Pictures of You
6. That’s What The Water Made Me
7. What’s Left of Me
8. Army of One
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Beautiful World
11. Room At The End of The World
12. The Fighter
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, guitar
Richie Sambora – guitar, backing vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backing vocals
Tico Torres – drums
David Bryan – keyboards, backing vocals
Bon Jovi-the Circle Tour Recorded Live in New Jersey for an Exclusive In-Theatre Event
Lay your hands on tickets to the latest Cineplex Entertainment Front Row Centre presentation. From AEG Network Live and Universal Music Canada, see Bon Jovi – The Circle Tour on Monday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. local time, exclusively in select Cineplex Entertainment theatres. Presented in High Definition, this special event celebrates the upcoming release of Bon Jovi Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection on November 9th and captures the magic and energy of the band’s sold-out, four-night stand at New Meadowlands Stadium. Footage is included from the four epic nights, which drew 200,000 fans on the band’s home turf, and began with the stadium’s inaugural concert on May 26, 2010.
“Bon Jovi is known for putting on a spectacular live show so we are delighted to be able to offer this exclusive in-theatre experience to our guests,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. “This one-night only event is must-see entertainment for Bon Jovi fans.”
Bon Jovi—The Circle Tour features live performances of songs from the band’s 2009 platinum selling album, The Circle, as well as their career-spanning hits. The event will kick off with a behind the scenes look at the making of Bon Jovi’s new music video, “What Do You Got,” followed by a sneak peek of the video itself.
Advance tickets are available online at www.cineplex.com/events or at participating theatre box offices.
|SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas, 4700 Kingsway Avenue|
|Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas, 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway|
|Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue|
|SilverCity Mission Cinemas, 32555 London Avenue|
|Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo, 213-4750 Rutherford Road|
|Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas, 19800 Lougheed Highway|
|SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, 14211 Entertainment Way|
|Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street|
|Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, 780 Yates Avenue|
|Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas, 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW|
|Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas, 165 Stewart Green SW|
|Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas, 14231-137th Avenue NW|
|Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas, 10330-109th Street|
|Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer, 357-37400 Highway #2|
|SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas, 160-1255 St. Mary’s Road|
|Galaxy Cinemas Moose Jaw, 1235 Main Street N|
|Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert, 2995 2nd Avenue|
|Cineplex Odeon Southland Mall Cinemas, 3025 Gordon Road|
|Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue|
|SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas, 771 Golf Links Road|
|Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas, 15460 Bayview Avenue|
|Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Drive|
|Galaxy Cinemas Belleville, 160 Bell Boulevard|
|SilverCity Brampton Cinemas, 50 Great Lakes Drive|
|Galaxy Cinemas Brantford, 300 King George Road|
|Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway|
|SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, 2385 City Park Drive|
|Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, 626 Gardiners Road|
|SilverCity London Cinemas, 1680 Richmond Street|
|SilverCity Mississauga Cinemas, 3055 Vega Boulevard|
|SilverCity Oakville Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road|
|Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, 1351 Grandview Street N|
|Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough, 320 Water Street|
|SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, 8725 Yonge Street|
|Famous Players Lambton 9 Cinemas, 1450 London Road|
|Sault Ste. Marie|
|Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie, 293 Bay Street|
|Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas, 300 Borough Drive|
|Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, 22 Lebovic Avenue|
|Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas, 417 Wellington Street|
|SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, 355 Barrydowne Road|
|SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street|
|SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas, 1800 Sheppard Avenue E|
|Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, 550 King Street N|
|SilverCity Windsor Cinemas, 4611 Walker Road|
|Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas, 825 rue Clemenceau|
|Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc|
|Starcité Gatineau Cinemas, 115 boul. Du Plateau|
|Colossus Laval Cinemas, 2800 rue Cosmodôme|
|Starcité Montreal Cinemas, 4825 ave. Pierre de Coubertin|
|Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke, 4204 rue Bertrand|
As you all know, fans in the US & Canada can pre-order your copy of Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits album at BonJovi.com/GreatestHits and receive an instant download of “This Is Our House”. Additionally everyone who pre-orders Greatest Hits before Monday, September 20th will receive a free download of the new single “What Do You Got?” This is one full day before the single is available for purchase and you will get your MP3 download for FREE! This offer is exclusive and only on BonJovi.comso hurry now to reserve your copy!
Note: This Pre-Order is only available in US and Canada. Keep an eye on BonJovi.com for information on pre-orders in other countries as they become available.
This 28 song, ULTIMATE set features 24 of Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits & Fan Favorites plus 4 NEW SONGS!
DISC 1 (Ultimate & Greatest Hits)
Livin’ On A Prayer
You Give Love a Bad Name
It’s My Life
Have a Nice Day
Wanted Dead or Alive
We Weren’t Born to Follow
I’ll Be There For You
Born to Be My Baby
Blaze of Glory
Who Says You Can’t Go Home (duet featuring Jennifer Nettles)
Lay Your Hands On Me
What Do You Got? * New Song
No Apologies * New Song
DISC 2 (Ultimate Collection Only)
In These Arms
Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
Keep The Faith
When We Were Beautiful
Bed of Roses
This Ain’t a Love Song
(You Want to) Make a Memory
Blood on Blood
This is Love This is Life * New Song
The More Things Change
* New Song
COMPILATION INCLUDES FOUR NEW SONGS INCLUDING 1st SINGLE & VIDEO: “WHAT DO YOU GOT?”
World-renowned music icons Bon Jovi are releasing a career-spanning greatest hits compilation November 9th on Island Records. Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS will transport listeners back in time through Bon Jovi’s worldwide monster hits of the past and offer a bridge to the future with the debut of four brand new tracks.
“Music marks milestones in all our lives,” notes frontman Jon Bon Jovi. “These songs have stood the test of time and they remind us all where we came from, even as we keep our eyes towards the future.”
Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS will be a 16-song single disc chock full of the band’s biggest chart-toppers including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Always,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Two new songs, including lead single “What Do You Got,” round out the tracklisting. “What Do You Got?” will hit radio airwaves globally at the end of August.
Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be a 28-song two disc edition made up of the GREATEST HITS CD from the standard edition and a second disc featuring beloved fan favorites including “Bed of Roses,” “Blood on Blood,” “These Days,” and “Keep The Faith” plus the third and fourth new tracks created for this project.
The four new songs (“The More Things Change,” “No Apologies,” “This Is Love, This Is Life” and the first single, “What Do You Got?”) were written specifically for inclusion in this compilation.
The complete tracklistings for Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS and Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be unveiled exclusively at http://www.bonjovi.com.
Check out the new video, “Superman Tonight” from Bon Jovi below! Bon Jovi’s new album, The Circle is in stores now. You can pick it up at this link.
One of the World’s Biggest Rock Bands and Current GRAMMY® Nominee to Make Debut Performance on the GRAMMY Awards and to Offer Fans the Opportunity to help Select Which of Their Hit Songs They Will Perform on Music’s Biggest Night® Live on CBS Jan. 31….
For the first time ever, current GRAMMY® Award nominee Bon Jovi will perform on the GRAMMY telecast and participate in a special interactive fan vote on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. As part of the band’s performance, fans will have an opportunity to decide which Bon Jovi hit the band will perform during their segment. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 31, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/thegrammys. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys…..
Beginning this week, viewers can log on to www.cbs.com/grammys and vote for one out of six of their favorite hit Bon Jovi songs:….
2. “Bed Of Roses”
3. “Have A Nice Day”
4. “It’s My Life”
5. “Livin’ On A Prayer”
6. “Wanted Dead Or Alive.”
There is no registration to vote, and fans may vote as often as they wish. Additionally, a 30-second clip of each song may be viewed. The deadline to vote is Sunday, Jan. 24, 11:59 p.m. ET. On Jan. 25 the list will be narrowed down to the top three songs and fans may continue voting at www.cbs.com/grammys for which hit song the band should perform as part of their segment. Voting will continue until Bon Jovi’s performance on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31
GRAMMY winner Bon Jovi is up for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “We Weren’t Born To Follow.”
Bon Jovi joins previously announced performers and nominees Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, P!nk, Taylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band. All five Album Of The Year nominees — Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, the Dave Matthews Band, and Taylor Swift — are set to perform on Music’s Biggest Night®
This week at Hard Rock Hideout we give you not one, but three Top 10 lists for 2009. We will post one each day this week, as well as our top 10 of the decade later this week. Ryo Vie joined HRH’s merry team of rockers this year, and has reviewed some fantastic music for us. Today I give you Ryo’s Top 10 of 2009.
So here we are – at the close of another year. Rob has graciously asked me to put together my top 10 releases for 2009 and I was more than happy to comply. The rock and roll fan got a TON of great music released this year, from Bon Jovi to Winger to Lynch Mob, it was a great year to be into hard rock. However, not everything can make the list (that’s why it’s a top 10) and since this is HARD ROCK HIDEOUT, I kept this list to my ten favorite hard rock records of 2009. If you’d like to see my list of general favorites for 2009, feel free to visit my blog at http://rockandrollguru.blogspot.com
Now without further adieu, here are Ryo Vie’s Top 10 hard rock albums for 2009 !
#10: House of Lords – Cartesian Dreams
Considering that I left this band for dead years ago, I had no expectations whatsoever when House of Lords released Cartesian Dreams. Perhaps that’s why I had an unbiased mind when I first spun this disc. After one play, I was hooked. Holy hell what an exceptional offering this band turned out. Slick with their euro-metal sound, House of Lords came back in a big way this year. I’m hoping that they team up with other hair metal acts to tour, or at least show up at the major festivals. To hear songs like Bangin’ live would be excellent!
#9: Flyleaf – Memento Mori
A sophomore effort that was worth the wait is the best way to describe Flyleaf’s Memento Mori. They were able to overcome the dreaded sophomore jinx by releasing an incredible record that showcases the talent of lead vocalist Lacey Mosley. As I mentioned in my recent review, she sings with emotion that sweeps through the listener, pulls them in, and doesn’t let go. It is her pure energy that makes Memento Mori such an excellent record. Combined with the talents of her other band members, 2010 should be a huge year for this band. As it is, 2009 landed them at number 9 on my list of best rock albums of the year.
#8: Winger – Karma
Winger surprised everyone this year, including their most die-hard fans, by releasing an incredible rock and roll record. Although Kip Winger sounds like David Coverdale on some songs, Karma is a beautiful disc immersed in a thick grunge sound that gives the record power. The ballads are incredible, and the heavier tracks are quality rock songs that will have you shaking your ass (if you’re into that sort of thing). Karma is an absolutely incredible record that any rock and roll fan should own.
#7: U2 – No Line On The Horizon
Shocked. That’s how I was when I listened to No Line On The Horizon. I was skeptical of the new U2 disc. How could they possibly release another great disc after All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb? Well, somehow, they made it happen again. Another near perfect album came out this year from the Irish rockers beloved the world over. With incredible songs like the title track, Breathe, and Moment Of Surrender U2 continues to dazzle and show us just why they are one of the greatest rock bands in existence.
#6: Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
Rock supergroups can be hit or miss especially when there are high expectations. (Case in point: Them Crooked Vultures – awful miss). Fortunately for rock fans (and Van Halen fans) Chickenfoot was a huge hit. Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have been working together for years, so there was no doubting their chemistry, but when you add in two other super players (guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith) it’s a wild card. These four pulled it off. Satriani showcases some of his best guitar work ever, and Sammy sounds as happy as when he first joined Van Halen. Chickenfoot wins the award for feel good record of the year, and they land in my top 10 for 2009.
#5: Bon Jovi – The Circle
The bad boys from Jersey have grown into the gentle men from New Jersey, but even after all these years they still know how to rock! The Circle delivers the goods in every way imaginable and is more than you’d expect from a Bon Jovi album. Straying away from the country tinged themes of their previous album (Lost Highway), Bon Jovi returns to the rock and roll with this year’s release. Gearing up for a 2010 tour, I can’t wait to hear The Circle live. In the meantime, I’ll be playing this record on a constant loop.
#4: HURT – Goodbye to the Machine
Stunned. That’s a good word to use that describes how I felt after the first few times I listened to this record. I had no expectations going into my review, and after a few listens to Goodbye To The Machine, I was smitten. This record is simply amazing! A heavy, grunge type rock, Hurt delivers exceptional songs backed by intense rhythm, strong lyrics, and a highly talented lead singer. Goodbye To The Machine was probably the best surprise I heard all year, and I’m proud to add it to my top 10.
#3: Pearl Jam – Backspacer
In September, Pearl Jam released their long awaited album Backspacer to the delight of many fans (cousin Ryo included). It had been a long time since their last record (2006’s Pearl Jam) and the new songs were something that fans were crying to get their ears on. Well, the wait was worth it and the time between records paid off. Pearl Jam delivered another fantastic record, and while not quite as good as their self titled previous effort, Backspacer is certainly a worthy disc. A well crafted, well thought, beautifully arranged work of art.
#2: Lynch Mob – Smoke And Mirrors
I’ll be honest, when I heard that this album was coming out featuring original vocalist Oni Logan, I didn’t have much hope for greatness. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited and I wanted the album to do well and sound incredible. However, I’m a realist, and with Logan being MIA for so long, and George being out of the spotlight, I wasn’t sure if they still had that magical chemistry. Am I ever so glad that they erased any doubt that I had. Smoke And Mirrors is a metal classic!
#1: KISS – Sonic Boom
Those who know me will scream bias for picking KISS as my number 1 hard rock record of 2009, but that is not why they are being chosen. Yes, Kiss is my favorite band, but Sonic Boom is a worthy contender for record of the year. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley went into the studio with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer and put together one incredible album. Sonic Boom is so much more than a great Kiss record – it’s a great record. If you played it and had no idea what band it was, you’d still like it. It’s their best work in decades, it’s a strong rock record, and it is the best release of 2009.
For more great top lists for 2009, please check out the following websites:
In 2008 Bon Jovi returned to New York City from a globe-spanning, world-conquering tour to rock their spiritual home of Madison Square Garden.That night was an epic, career-spanning set of greatest hits including ‘Always’, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ and ‘Livin On A Prayer’.
Now for the first time you can experience the power of live Bon Jovi in stunning high-definition and surround sound with the release of ‘Live At Madison Square Garden’ on DVD and Blu-Ray.Watch the trailer and order the DVD here
In an exclusive Blu-Ray bonus feature you can discover the inner secrets of one of the biggest success stories in rock music history courtesy of Bon Jovi’s first-ever documentary feature.
Threading intimate band interviews together with candid scenes of life on the road, ‘When We Were Beautiful’ is a vivid no-holds-barred look at 25 years of brotherhood in one of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time.
‘Live From Madison Square Garden’ will be released on December 15th, 2009.
Pre-Order from the HRH Music Store now!
Check out Bon Jovi’s new video, “We Weren’t Born To Follow” below! The band’s new album, The Circle is in stores now.
Bon Jovi’s new album The Circle is being featured on Amazon.com’s Daily Deal. If you prefer to download your new music, vs. buying a CD, this is cheapest way to get your new Bon Jovi fix this week.
Click the link to order to visit Amazon.com and download your MP3’s now!
Bon Jovi-The Circle: http://bit.ly/BJCircle
1. We Weren’t Born To Follow
2. When We Were Beautiful
3. Work For The Working Man
4. Superman Tonight
6. Thorn In My Side
7. Live Before You Die
9. Love’s The Only Rule
10. Fast Cars
11. Happy Now
12. Learn To Love
When Bon Jovi released their previous album, Lost Highway, I was more than a little harsh on the band. I was not fond of band’s country direction in the least bit. I swore off Bon Jovi until they returned to playing rock music. Lucky for me,and their long time fans they have. It took a couple of years, but the band is back with a new rock album, The Circle. This album treads a fine line between pop and rock. Bon Jovi is no stranger to crafting tunes in this fashion, and they are quite good at it. Their pop metal days are long over, and if you are looking for another dose of tunes in the vein of their early material. You won’t find it here.
The opening cut, “We Weren’t Born To Follow” is more of a pop/rock tune, but it reminds me of the music that was on the 2005 CD, Have A Nice Day.
“When We Were Beautiful” has this jangly guitar tone that has an almost U2 feel to it. This song has a sing along chorus that will translate well in Bon Jovi’s live show. I must admit that this song is kind of a grower. I didn’t care for it at first, but a few repeat plays I have changed my mind.
The bass line on “Work for the Working Man” took me all the way back to Slippery When Wet. It literally sounds as if it was ripped off of the Bon Jovi classic “Livin’ On a Prayer”. With that being said, “Work for the Working Man” isn’t a bad tune, but it isn’t great either. The background vocals don’t really work for me. It just seems kind of silly.
“Superman Tonight” is another song that has some serious hit potential. The chorus is catchy and memorable. This is one of my favorites on The Circle.
The voice coder intro in the beginning of “Bullet” give the song a familiar Bon Jovi feel. Finally some heavier riffs show up in the song “Bullet”. Richie Sambora finally cuts loose a little on this tune, and I am thankful. This album needed a heavier tune, and this is it.
“Thorn in My Side” keeps the pace going well, and is one of the more rockin’ songs on this disc.
“Live Before You Die” is a story teller type of song. Bon Jovi has done a few of these songs in the past, and I have never really cared for these. This is an ok tune, and I am sure it will appeal to some folks.
Just when I was starting to get a little bored, “Brokenpromieland” comes along and makes me hit replay a couple of times. I love Sambora’s guitar tone on this song.
“Love is The Only Rule” almost sounds like a Neil Diamond tune with some heavier riffs. Every time I hear this tune, Jon Bon Jovi’s vocal delivery reminds me of that for some reason. The funny thing is, it works for the most part.
Is it just me, or does “Fast Cars” sound like a Coldplay tune? The keyboards and guitar tone sound more like that band than a Bon Jovi tune. I didn’t really care for this tune very much.
The Circle will be in stores tomorrow. Is it worth picking up? While I don’t think this is the best Bon Jovi album, it is far from their worst. The production from John Shanks is top notch, but the album could have used a few heavier moments. If you are looking for the big monster pop metal rockers like the band used to put out in the eighties and early nineties, you aren’t going to find them on The Circle. This is a solid pop rock album with a few hard edges here and there.
Rating: Out of 10
1. We Weren’t Born to Follow
2. When We Were Beautiful
3. Work for the Working Man
4. Superman Tonight
6. Thorn in My Side
7. Live Before You Die
9. Love’s the Only Rule
10. Fast Cars
11. Happy Now
12. Learn to Love
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals
Richie Sambora – guitars, backing vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, piano
Hugh McDonald – bass
Charlie Judge – additional keyboards and strings
Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that’s synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, today (Oct. 22) announced a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. “The Circle World Tour” will be a globe-circling trek and include the two inaugural events at the soon-too-be-completed stadium that will be home to the Giants and Jets football teams.
Bon Jovi’s most recent album, “The Circle,” is set for a Nov. 10 release and promises a return to the more hard rock sounds which propelled the roup to stardom after a turn towards country music on “Lost Highway.”
At the announcement today, the band played a short set for 5000 fans, contest winners and construction workers working on the new arena.
AEG Live, which worked with Bon Jovi on its last two tours, will once again serve as worldwide tour promoters for “The Circle World Tour.”
Here are Bon Jovi’s 2010 “The Circle World Tour” North American tour dates:
Feb. 19: Seattle, WA (KeyArena)
Feb. 22: San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion)
Feb. 24: Phoenix, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
Feb. 26: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
Mar. 2: Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
Mar. 4: Los Angeles, CA (STAPLES Center)
Mar. 6: Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Mar. 8: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Mar. 9: Omaha, NE (Qwest Center)
Mar. 11: Wichita, KS (INTRUST Bank Arena)
Mar. 13: Fargo, ND (Fargodome)
Mar. 15: Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Mar. 17: Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Mar. 19: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
Mar. 20: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
Mar. 23: Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
Mar. 24: Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
Mar. 29: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Apr. 7: St. Paul, MN (Xcel Center)
Apr. 10: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Apr. 13: Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Apr. 15: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Apr. 17: Tampa, FL (St. Pete Times Forum)
Apr. 18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BankAtlantic Center)
Apr. 21: Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)
Apr. 22: Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
May 26: East Rutherford, NJ (New Meadowlands Stadium)
May 27: East Rutherford, NJ (New Meadowlands Stadium)
July 15: Edmonton, AB (Commonwealth Stadium)
July 17: Winnipeg, MB (Canad Inns Stadium)
July 20: Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)
July 24: Foxboro, MA (Gillette Stadium)
July 28: Regina, SK (Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field)
July 30: Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)
Courtesy of Billboard.com
From Rolling Stone.com:
Bon Jovi told Rolling Stone that they’ll be going “back to rock & roll” on their next album, and today we learned when their return to their roots will go down: Bon Jovi announced today that their next album The Circle will be released on November 10th. First single “We Weren’t Born To Follow” debuted on radio yesterday, featuring an anthemic chorus of “We weren’t born to follow, come on and get up off your knees, when life is a bitter pill to swallow, you got to hold on to what you believe.” Have a listen at the Island Def Jam site.
The Circle follows the band’s platinum-selling, country-tinged LP Lost Highway. “I think what happened is the fact that we made the kind of Nashville-influenced record, and it created this vacuum now for a big rock record from us. There’s a continued evolution,” guitarist Richie Sambora told Rolling Stone. “[The Circle] doesn’t sound like any other previous record. Everybody that we’ve been playing it for has been real turned on by it, and we’re certainly happy with how it turned out.”
The Circle find Bon Jovi reteaming with producer John Shanks, who also worked with the band on 2005’s Have A Nice Day and 2007’s Lost Highway. Sambora also told RS that Bon Jovi would set out on tour to promote the album sometime in the Spring of 2010, promising that the ensuing trek is “going to be a big one.”
Billboard.com is reporting that Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour tops the list of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 million and drew 2,157,675 fans.
In second place is Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s Magic tour, which grossed $204.5 million for the period. Springsteen reported another $31 million for last year, taking his two-year Boxscore total to more than $235 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are Madonna ($162 million for the still-underway Sticky & Sweet tour), the Police ($150 million on the second leg of their reunion tour), Celine Dion ($91 million), Kenny Chesney ($86 million), Neil Diamond ($81.2 million), Spice Girls ($70 million), Eagles ($56.6 million) and Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million).
The Spice Girls’ 17 sellouts at the O2 Arena last December-January were the highest-grossing engagement of the year, taking in $33.8 million and drawing 256,647. Other top Boxscores for the year were Celine Dion at the Bell Centre in Montreal ($23.1 million), Madonna at Stade de France in Paris ($17.6 million), Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. (about $17 million), and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. ($14.2 million).
For the overall touring industry, grosses reported to Billboard Boxscore totaled slightly less than $4 billion worldwide, the most ever for a year and up almost 13% over last year.
But global reported concert attendance is virtually flat, with 6% fewer shows. And North American concert attendance is down nearly 2%, after a nearly 20% decrease last year, continuing a troubling trend. Better news is evident on a show-by-show basis; the average box office gross in North America is up 18% and average attendance is up 6.3%, reflecting that some of the attendance decline can be attributed to a decrease in the overall show count.
As reported by Billboard.com, with the final leg of Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” tour completed, guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard.com the New Jersey rock act is looking ahead to plenty of new projects.
“We’ve been filming a documentary and are in the process of mixing a live DVD of last year’s ‘Lost Highway’ concert tour,” Sambora says. “Also, I think we’re looking at doing a greatest hits album next year. Jon and I are writing some new songs for it and to just load up for the next Bon Jovi record.”
Sambora says he expects the DVD and best-of effort to be packaged together for a fall 2009 street date. The Nashville-tinged “Lost Highway” was a critical and commercial success, but Sambora says the band won’t necessarily return to that style again.
“No, we have to change,” he says. “We have to do something different. I don’t know what that’s going to be. As we get into the writing process and continue on, we’ll see what that’s going to look like. I think it comes to stylistically what songs you’re writing. What kind of music is coming out of you, and what’s the mood of those songs. You have to color those little drawings with the right production value and the right music.”
Outside of Bon Jovi, Sambora is staying active with various extracurricular opportunities. Not only did he recently join B.B. King on stage in Chicago for the taping of a PBS special, but he will take part in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Tribute Concert for Les Paul Saturday (Nov. 15) at the State Theatre in Cleveland.
“I’ve also been doing multiple sessions out here, some odd recordings with Kid Rock and T.I., some crazy stuff,” Sambora says. “So I’ve been busy. Also, I’m going to be scoring some movies and TV shows. One of the movies is ‘The Tournament’ with Ving Rhames.”
Sambora is also looking ahead to next year, when Bon Jovi will become eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
“I hope so,” Sambora laughs. “Time flies man, but yeah there’s talk and rumors. Boy that would be nice. It’s something certainly I’ve been shooting for all my life. I think if you have a career in the music business, you want to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”
New York officials say Bon Jovi will play at a free concert in Central Park on July 12. The concert is billed as a prelude to the July 15 Major League Baseball All-Star game, which will highlight the final season at Yankee Stadium.
The event will be announced this afternoon during a press conference at New York’s City Hall, including details of ticket distribution.
Bon Jovi wraps its North American tour with a July 14-15 stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Poison frontman Michaels recently wrapped season two when he chose aspiring actress Ambre Lake as the winner and his new girlfriend.
Despite the first season being exposed as a fraud–the winning contestant already had a boyfriend–Michaels and Lake insist this time it is for real, and they are handing the show over to another single star.
Bon Jovi guitarist Sambora, 48, has been single since his April 2007 divorce from actress Heather Locklear and a short-lived romance with Locklear’s former friend Denise Richards ended last year.
And TV bosses want to help him find love. A source tells OK! magazine, “He’s perfect for TV. If you thought Bret was must-see TV, you ain’t seen anything yet. Richie is going to be a train wreck looking for love.”
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From the Associated Press
Bon Jovi Guitarist Suspected of DUI
March 26, 2008, 1:17 PM EST
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora has been arrested in Laguna Beach, Calif., for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sgt. Jason Kravetz says Sambora was arrested just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Three females, including two minors, were in the black Hummer with him.
Sambora was booked at the Laguna Beach jail and released around 4 a.m. Wednesday. He was given notice to appear May 7 on one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
A Bon Jovi publicist didn’t immediately return a call for comment.
The following was posted at DaughtryOfficial.com.
We are proud that DAUGHTRY will be opening for Bon Jovi for the US leg of dates running from February through April 2008! Tickets go on sale to the general public for all dates on Saturday, November 10th at 10am, local time.
The guys will be hitting the following cities:
Lost Highway is the CD that I knew I would have trouble listening to. The band has thrown away their hard rock sound, for a pop rock / country hybrid that sounds nothing like their past CD’s.
I found this CD completely devoid of the great hooks that Bon Jovi has been known for. If anything Lost Highway is a boring sellout that will probably be played to death on multiple radio formats. If Bon Jovi continues down this musical highway, I doubt they will be covered at the Hard Rock Hideout any longer.
Judging from the 63 used copies that I saw at Amazon today, Bon Jovi fans are discarding this disc faster than Mercury Nashville can print them.
There is one song that almost sounds like old Bon Jovi. If you listen to one song, play We Got It Going On. Load that song on your hard drive, then take the CD outside, and use it for a Clay Pigeon. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
The song Make a Memory is getting massive amounts of play on the radio right now, and has hit #1 on VH1’s Top 20 countdown.
I just don’t get it. I find this song, and disc boring. It is hard for me to believe that this is the same band that put out Slippery When Wet. If I was the guitar player, I think I would find myself in rehab. I would have drink myself into a coma, if I had to play these incredibly monotonous tunes.
Don’t waste your money on this CD. There are far better discs out there than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Lost Highway
3. Make a Memory
4. Whole Lot Of Leaving
5. We Got It Going On
6. Any Other Day
7. Seat Next To You
8. Everybody’s Broken
9. Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar,
Richie Sambora – guitars, backup vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, piano, backup vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backup vocals