Bon Jovi has announced its long-awaited new single and video, “This House Is Not For Sale,” will be available August 12th. The song is the title track from its upcoming album, set for release this fall.
“This House Is Not For Sale”, #BonJovi’s new single and music video out August 12!” the band writes on Facebook.
The single’s artwork features touring guitarist Phil X and long-time bassist Hugh McDonald. Neither has been confirmed as official members of the band, but Phil X has been manning guitars on the road since original guitarist Richie Sambora abruptly quit mid-tour in 2013, and McDonald has been on bass since Alec John Such was fired in 1994.
The album was initially scheduled for release in March 2016. However, Jon Bon Jovi stated during a March Q&A on a Runaways Tour trip in Nashville that the album had been completed for some time, but was pushed back to fall 2016.
“The record’s done. The record is just being mixed now. I’m ecstatic with it. If for nothing else, out of pain come great songs. And I’m really, really, really, really happy with the record,” the singer said. “I think we’ve got a fantastic representation of who we are at this time. So, the intention is to get it out this fall — sooner than later, because it’s been sitting on my computer forever, but we’re really pleased with it.”
The album will see the band going back to its roots, and to the original studio frontman Jon Bon Jovi recorded “Runaway” in 1982, the Power Station Studios in Manhattan.
“I think we’ve got a fantastic representation of who we are at this time.”
“We were recording at different times and different rooms in the studio. That’s not happening anymore. We went back to the place where we cut ‘Runaway’ in 1982 – where I used to sweep the floor and fetch coffee. And, we did This House Is Not For Sale,” the 53 year old singer states.
The album will be the first complete album without Sambora. Last year’s Burning Bridges contractual obligation album featured a song co-written by Sambora with guitar work done by producer John Shanks. The band also returns to Island Records, part of Universal Music Group, under a new terms which haven’t been made available.