Bon Jovi has described Bon Jovi’s upcoming new album ‘Bon Jovi: 2020’ as “a real statement record”.
The titular frontman first revealed the album’s title on his Runaway to Paradise Mediterranean cruise back in August, and in a fresh interview with Extra, he has now spoken about it further.(planetrock)
Despite the connotations of the title linking it to the 2020 Presidential campaign, staunch Democrat Jon Bon Jovi insists “it’s not political.”
“The album is called ‘2020,’” Bon Jovi explained. “It’s a real statement record… It’s not political, but it’s very socially conscious, you know, just awareness of so many things going on in the world right now… whether it is the environment or politics, it’s the wider array of things that need our attention right now.
“The Amazon is burning and the hurricanes are flooding and people need to bond together. We’re all in this together at the end of the day.”
Jon Bon Jovi first revealed Bon Jovi had commenced work on the follow-up to 2016’s ‘This House Is Not for Sale’ back in March when he posted two videos on Instagram from the studio.
The two 15-second Instagram stories, which expired after 24 hours, depicted the singer together with keyboardist David Bryan, guitarist Phil X, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Hugh McDonald at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
‘This House Is Not for Sale’ was the first Bon Jovi album to feature new lead guitarist Phil X following the departure of Richie Sambora in 2013.
Bon Jovi was equally expansive and earnest in his acceptance speech.
Following remarks by each of the band members (“If I wrote a book, it would be [called] The Best Time I Ever Had,” said Sambora, returning to the ranks after leaving for good in 2013), Bon Jovi delivered a nearly 20-minute aural career history, thanking bandmates, management, record company executives, friends and family. “I’ve been writing this speech many days, in many ways — some days, it’s the thank you speech, some days the f— you speech,” he noted, acknowledging the group’s long and controversial exclusion from the Rock Hall. But he kept things mostly positive and sentimental. “It’s about time — that has been the theme of my weekend,” Bon Jovi said, looking at his bandmates. “I thank my lucky stars for the time I got to spend with each of you. Tonight the band that agreed to do me a favor stands before you so I can make this reality a dream.” (Hollywoodreport)
With Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such reuniting with the group, Bon Jovi finished with a crowd-pleasing set that included “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life,” “When We Were Us” from last year’s This House Is Not for Sale album and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
Without a designated presenter, Dire Straits bassist and co-founder John Illsley took it upon himself to do the honors and subsequently make an acceptance speech. He quickly addressed the elephant in the room — frontman Mark Knopfler’s decision not to attend — cracking that “I can assure you, it’s just a personal thing,” adding, “It’s for personal reasons, let’s just leave it at that. You’ve got to realize this is really more about a group of people more than one person. It’s a collective, a brotherhood, and that’s something that needs acknowledging tonight … the many musicians who have worked with Dire Straits over the years and made the band’s success possible and led us all the way to Cleveland tonight.