Bon Jovi fans are deemed some of the most loyal in rock.
Little wonder that when Bon Jovi announced "What About Now," his 12th studio album, and launched a world tour, fan board posts surged. Not that frontman Jon Bon Jovi hasn't been in the spotlight quite a bit anyway. His recent high-profile appearances included a Dec. 12 appearance at a Superstorm Sandy relief event that included Paul McCartney, the Who, Bruce Springsteen and others.
"I can't get over it," Bon Jovi told the Associated Press right before the concert. "I'm [expletive] dying already, and I'm gonna go out there and play four songs. How do they do it? The Who and [Mick] Jagger and McCartney. ... I'm not going to be that journeyman. ... I'm not going to be that 75-year-old guy doing 150 shows a year."
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Yet at age 50, the New Jersey rocker said he's not ready to slow down just yet. Apparently, his bandmates share that view. The band still has founding members guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres. And that lineup has made the band, which was founded in 1983, one of the best-known and most profitable in the history of rock, according to Rolling Stone.
Many have asked what motivates the members to continually release new music, especially because their audience seemingly can't get enough of classic songs such as "Living on a Prayer."
"I know how to do it. It's as simple as that," Bon Jovi said. "New songs are why artists go on the road. That's why I go on the road. It's a three-prong play. Writing: You're intrigued. Recording: It brings it to life. And then you want to share it."
Although Bon Jovi is a longtime admirer of another native son of New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, he draws the line at comparing his own extensive charitable works to those of the Boss.
"My philanthropy is no relation to anybody else's. None," said Bon Jovi. "My philanthropy and what we do at the foundation speaks for itself and has no relation to anyone's. I don't know what he does as a humanitarian. I have no clue. ... I'm talking about what I do at the Soul Kitchen [his community restaurant in New Jersey]. It's a whole other level. It's millions of dollars in a foundation that does stuff."