Bon Jovi is in the midst of rehearsals for its upcoming “This House Is Not For Sale” Tour, which gets underway February 8 in Greenville, S.C.
The group is, of course, known for arresting and inventive stage productions when it hits the road, and while drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan say the new tour should offer more of the same, it will also be dialed down a bit from some of its predecessors:
Bryan: "This one is really concentrating on the music, not so much video screens...We have such a body of work now it's really getting all the songs and it's about the band."
Torres: "It looks like we're doing a lot more stuff in the round to have some people around us as well, which I think we always loved...to have actual fans behind you as you're playing and it's quite simple and it's movable. There's a lot of motion that goes with the songs...We're rehearsing it now and trying to get used to it. When you're on stage you see it a little differently than when you're in the audience."
The tour is supporting the This House Is Not For Sale album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in November. It will be Bon Jovi's first tour with bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarist Phil X considered official band members, and album co-producer John Shanks is also on the tour as an auxiliary guitarist.
The North American tour runs through April 11 with one more show scheduled for August 18, and Bon Jovi is also playing the Rock In Rio festival on September 22 in Brazil.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.