Jon Bon Jovi gave a long and exclusive interview to Pollstar and shed light on how he's finally perfected Bon Jovi's touring cycle. Of course, no Bon Jovi interview would be complete without some mention of the long-absent Richie Sambora — with Bon Jovi admitting he would like to see his former songwriting partner and guitarist still touring with the band.
Regarding Bon Jovi carrying on without Sambora, Bon Jovi said, “This would have gone on without any one of the individual members of the band but, when it was all together it was wonderful. It wouldn’t be fair to Tico (Torres) or David (Bryan) or to me, to have let it falter because of Richie's. . . problems, his issues. So there was no way that I was going to. . . the name of the band is Bon Jovi, it’s not anything else. This isn’t a band that is dependent on the guitar player like Van Halen or U2 or something, it was about the songs and it was about me. We got it. I wish he was here, too, because we were a formidable duo. Our voices were the magic and he’s a great guy and all that kind of stuff but his choices have led him astray.”
Jon Bon Jovi explained how he went about setting up the tour strategy behind the band's last album, the chart-topping, This House Is Not For Sale, recalling, “But I do remember. . . it must have been in 2014, telling Tico my thought processes, that, instead of doing 100 show tours and then you’re tired into Year Two, and then in Year Three you write and record a record and start the cycle again, why not do the same 100 shows over the course of the same three years, but everything is much more civilized, and therefore you could be writing and recording simultaneously, never missing out on the home stuff, if we scheduled it properly.”
He went on to say, “I also thought if, using the three-year model, Year One would be in the U.S., Year Two would be in Europe, and then Year Three could be rest of world. So then you could go out every year and not wear out your touring markets, because every third year, that market would be ready for you again. Tico agreed with that, and with that in mind we set out to do the 'This House' world tour. And only now that it’s complete could I look at the numbers at the end of it and realize they were exactly what we had forecast. And it was two-and-a-half-million people and 90 shows instead of 100, but the gross was right where we thought it would be. And, more importantly, the amount of tickets that we sold were right where we’d hoped they would be. So, with all of those things said, I did it all and I wasn’t burned out doing it.”
Bon Jovi's next album, titled 2020, will be released early next year. Bon Jovi says he's still not nailed down how fiercely he intends to tour behind the set: “To be honest with you, I haven’t made the decision. There are several itineraries in front of me to consider. I’ve got to see how I feel physically, and then I’ll need to speak to the band to see how they feel physically. And frankly, I’d like to see the reaction to the record. If it’s perceived as just another Bon Jovi record, great, okay, it is what it is, but, if it’s something special, it may allow me to wait and not have to go out chasing a single right away. I might be able to wait and support it later in the year.”
Jon Bon Jovi can safely say that he's left the competitive aspects of his life and career far behind: “There were times throughout my career where I was concerned with: 'Can I do it again?' And then, I think, you get to a place with time and experience that you just go back to being the artist — and more importantly, being a man. And I don't chase those things any longer. And it's not because of the accomplishments, but it's because it's been a life well lived. And anyone that can say that they did what they loved to do is a gift; but anyone who gets to do it and then can look in the mirror and say, 'I'm satisfied with the results' — that's pretty much where I'm at right now.”
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