Bon Jovi Play New Album On Broadway

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(Radio.com) Bon Jovi played a show at New York's Barrymore Theatre on Broadway last week (October 20), doing a very ambitious set: they were playing all fifteen songs from their latest album, This House is Not For Sale, which isn't even out until November 4.

Bands with three-plus decades of history are lucky if they can play three or four new songs in a set: but a full album of fifteen songs that most people hadn't heard yet? That's a tough one.

But from the opening notes of the first song, "This House is Not For Sale," it was clear that he hasn't lost his knack for writing huge anthems. The song sounded like it could find a home on country radio; with a little luck, it could be a pop hit. At the same time, it sounded quintessentially Bon Jovi.

"Albums meant something to me growing up," Bon Jovi told the crowd, noting that he knew it was asking a lot for the fans to listen to fifteen new songs. But he seemed intensely committed to the album, and with good reason. Most of the songs were catchy and sounded like potential hits. But he seemed to be going for a bit more than ear candy: the album, he said, is "The story of the people who have been on this journey with us for thirty-three years." He explained that after he releases the songs, the characters become his audience. "Tommy and Gina [from 'Livin' on a Prayer'] became you guys. Frankie [from 'It's My Life'] became you guys!" Read more here.

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