Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan has confirmed that the band is currently working on a new album that is slated to be released next year.
“We always do album/tour. We put out an album [What About Now] in 2013 and toured all of 2013 – 102 shows to 3 million people,” he tells the Philly.com. “We’re back in the studio and we’ll have an album out next year. That’s our cycle.”
In February, frontman Jon Bon Jovi confirmed that he was recording a new album, but didn’t address if it was a solo project or with his longtime band of more than 30 years.
“I was in the studio all day working on the new record. I walked here from the studio,” he told People at the Common Thread: An Acoustic Collection Music Series in New York City.
“We’re back in the studio and we’ll have an album out next year.”
Jon told Pierre Robert of Philadelphia’s rock station WMMR-FM in November that work had begun on the project.
“I’m actively writing. I’m just starting, but I’ve got a few [songs],” he says after spending much of 2014 focusing on unsuccessfully obtaining the Buffalo Bills NFL team with several Toronto investors. “And ’15 will be about recording and [in] ’16 I’ll put something out.”
It’s likely the album will be the first one without original guitarist Richie Sambora, who quit the band in the midst of the Because We Can Tour in 2013. While Jon states that he has “no ill will” towards his former right hand man, he did not see an imminent return being possible.
“I’d be hard-pressed to [allow him to return], so would Dave [Bryan], so would Tico [Torres, drummer],” he claims. “It’d be a lot for us. After a year and a half and you miss 80 shows — I don’t think that’s possible.”
Phil Xenidis, better known as Phil X, is rumored to be featured somehow on the upcoming album after replacing Sambora on the Because We Can Tour. No official word on his involvement at this time. We will have more details as they become available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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