Monday, February 16, 2015

Bon Jovi, 2015-02-16 - (Asbury Park Press), New Bon Jovi album on the way

New Bon Jovi album on the way

(Photo: Tom Spader)

Jon Bon Jovi is not resting on his laurels.

The rocker is recording a new album in New York City, he confirmed to People magazine during a surprise show Thursday, Feb. 12, during Fashion Week at the Kenneth Cole clothing store in the Soho section of Manhattan.

"I was in the studio all day working on the new record. I walked here from the studio," Bon Jovi said.

There were no details on who he's writing with or whether the new record is a Bon Jovi or a Jon Bon Jovi solo record. His representative did not return a call for comment.

He did divulge the inspiration for the new batch of songs.

"I just read the paper; it gives you an opportunity to write something ... It's early, but I'm about a dozen songs in. I feel good,'' Bon Jovi said.

It obviously doesn't seem like Richie Sambora, the co-author of numerous Bon Jovi hits like ''Livin' on a Prayer'' and ''You Give Love a Bad Name,'' is part of the process. He exited the band in 2013 and is currently working on his own solo album.

Bon Jovi was performing at the Common Thread: An Acoustic Collection Music Series, an event he curated with Cole to give new artists exposure. Bon Jovi opened the acoustic show for Rodney Atkins, Rose Falcon and Cole Redding. About 100 people were in the audience, according to the Associated Press.

"You can have all the bells and whistles of production these days, and these guys that are out there singing on the Grammys with auto-tune. I always used to say, 'I'm going to hand you my guitar, sing me something, and I want to see you play it,' '' Bon Jovi told Associated Press. "This is that night, so we'll have a little bit of fun and give back.''

Bon Jovi, accompanied by Bobby Bandiera and Carl Gentry, performed "Who Says You Can't Go Home,'' "Livin' On a Prayer'' and "Wanted: Dead or Alive.''

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