BON JOVI - New Album To Mark A Musical "Evolution"

December 26, 2012, 2 years ago

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According to a new interview with Gary Graff from Billboard, BON JOVI's upcoming What About Now? will mark a musical "evolution" for the band, but not to the point that might be off-putting to group's worldwide legion of fans. Guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard that "Jon (Bon Jovi) and I, when we get together it sounds like Bon Jovi. It sounds like us. That's basically the way it is and what comes out comes out." But for What About Now?, due out this spring, he says the band and co-producer John Shanks focused on dynamics, and "just basically pushing the production a bit more or lessening the production so you're a bit more naked. It goes both ways on this particular record. We've stripped it down, taken some away and added some different elements." Meanwhile, Sambora says the album's first single, 'Because We Can', which drops January 7, is indicative of the album's upbeat tone to the album. "The lyrics are very positive - obviously 'Because We Can,' 'What About Now?,' it's all empowering and that's what we were trying to get to. We were trying to get some positive lyrics. That's kind of where we landed." Read more at Billboard. Bon Jovi recently announced the first set of US dates, taking them from coast to coast on their Because We Can – The Tour. The tour will kick off in Uncasville, CT on February 9th, treating fans to one-night-only performances in US arenas nationwide, plus multiple stadium shows including a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in the band’s home state of New Jersey.
Ensuring that there is truly something for every fan, Bon Jovi is offering a wide range of ticket options, starting at $19.50 (plus service charges). Tickets will go on sale in select markets beginning Friday, November 30th. Visit for up-to-date information. “As AEG Live embarks on its fourth collaboration with one of today’s greatest original rock bands, it is no surprise that they are going to sell out stadiums and arenas around the globe, since Bon Jovi has consistently delivered the goods to their hardcore and new fans alike,” said Randy Phillips, President & CEO of AEG Live. “‘Because We Can - The Tour’ will again showcase Bon Jovi’s immense catalog of hits and some incredible new music from the forthcoming What About Now album and the signature state-of-the-art production that have become the hallmarks of Bon Jovi tours.”
Overwhelming demand for the band’s previously announced Canadian dates has already led to second shows in Montreal and Toronto, and Bon Jovi has plenty more in store. The band will expand their current tour schedule with additional North American dates including Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA; Ford Field in Detroit, MI, and many more. The current tour itinerary is listed below, with further details to come. View US tour announcement video below: The tour, promoted by AEG Live in the US, Canada and the UK, will debut brand new songs from Bon Jovi’s upcoming album. What About Now, to be released in spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits. The group’s return to the road in 2013 will launch the latest chapter in an ongoing blockbuster run which has already secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band – having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans. Because We Can – The Tour will make its way across the globe with dates in Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. North American dates: February 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun 10 - Washington DC - Verizon Center 13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 14 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 17 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 20 - Kanata, ON - Scotiabank Place 21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 27 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena March 1 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum 2 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center 5 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena 6 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 9 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena 10 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 13 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center 14 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena 17 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena April 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 3 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 5 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre 7 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 10 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center 11 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center 14 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena 16 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 20 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena 23 - Glendale, AZ - Arena 25 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion July 12 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field 24 - E Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium 25 - E Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
The tour will also hit the following cities, with additional details to come: Memphis, TN Milwaukee, WI Philadelphia, PA Portland, OR Raleigh, NC San Antonio, TX Seattle, WA State College, PA Vancouver, BC

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