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Bon Jovi’s New Album Will Include “Some Different Elements”

December 26, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Billboard spoke with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora about their album What About Now?, which he says will include “different elements” from past material. The album is due out this spring.

He said: “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.

He says that the band and producer John Shanks are “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.”

The album’s first single, “Because We Can”, will be a preview of the album. It will be out on January 7. He said: “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.

The band will also begin a world tour on February 9 in Uncasville, Connecticut. They have concerts booked into late July including two shows in South Africa in May, a show on June 16 at the Isle of Wight festival and two nights at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Sambora is also promoting on his third solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown, which was released in September. He is using a new version of the song “I’ll Always Walk With You” (featuring Alicia Keys on piano) to raise money for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. You can download it at his official website or at www.redcross.org.

Sambora says he wrote the song for his daughter, but it took on a new meaning after the storm. His mother is currently living with him in Los Angeles while her home in Point Pleasant, New Jersey is being repaired. He said: “The lyrics seemed very appropros to me and the state of New Jersey, like, ‘I will always walk besides you. I’m gonna come and help’ kind of thing,” he explains. “It just said the things I wanted to say about the state of New Jersey all of a sudden. The lyrics kind of transformed. I was recording (‘Aftermath of the Lowdown’) in New York, at Alicia’s studio. She came down to my studio one day and said, ‘Would you do me the honor of playing on my album.’ Of course, I was like, ‘Of course, my dear.’ I’m a big fan of hers, number one, and we’re friends and she’s a wonderful human being. She said, ‘Yeah, I’ll play on a track for you, too,’ so she ended up playing on this track. It didn’t appear on my records… She didn’t get it done in time to appear on my solo album, but I’m gonna stripe it on there now, that’s for sure.

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