Bon Jovi is always a good time. I saw the band back in April and, despite the glaring absence of guitarist Richie Sambora, the band packed it in and played all the hits.
The rock band and its super-hits head back to Nebraska on Sunday for a show at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and I called keyboardist David Bryan while the band had a day off in Dallas. (20 more shows to go this year, Bryan said, until they can take a real break.)
“We’re still having fun and we’re kicking ass,” Bryan told me.
Kevin Coffey: Do you know when Richie Sambora might rejoin the band?
David Bryan: I don’t know. The ball’s still in his court. Until he’s all great and helping us out, I don’t know.
There’s trials and tribulations in a band. This too shall pass. Everything will be good.
KC: You guys are playing a lot of songs from your new record, “What About Now.” What do you like about that record?
DB: When we came out with it in the beginning, we played a lot of songs from that album. We’re still playing a bunch of songs from the record, and then the songs you know. It’s a good old big party-time like we always do.
KC: Jon occasionally likes to call an audible and play a random song in the middle of the set. How do you guys handle that?
DB: Usually for the tour, there’s about 80 songs in our brain. The audible is welcome, and it doesn’t faze us. I’ve been doing it for 30 years, and there’s a tune-up room backstage. We can refresh any ones that are in your brain. That’s fun. We like it when we’re not a choreographed show that’s with all backing tracks.
Our show is about how the audience feels. It’s live, no jive.
KC: What about the songs you have to play like “Livin’ on a Prayer?”
DB: We have to play “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Bad Medicine.” We have to play them and we want to play them, and that’s what we’re supposed to do. It’s like going to see The Beatles and them not playing your favorite song. It’s not the right thing to do.
KC: You’ve been going for 30 years. Is there anything you guys still want to do?
DB: One of the challenging things is staying a band and staying current. We strive to do both of those. We’re proud of having a new record out and touring on new songs not just being a nostalgia act.
KC: You guys have kept making music, which not all of your contemporaries have done. Is that important to the band?
DB: That’s what we strive for. We don’t want to just be known for what we did. We want to be known for what we do and what we did. We’ve been highly productive since 2000 when “Crush” came out. The last 13 years, we’ve probably been home for four and touring for nine years.
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