Bon Jovi Revamps, Rerecords Past Hits
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Sitting in the control room at
Los Angeles' Henson Studios earlier this fall listening to
mixes for "This Left Feels Right" -- a collection of Bon Jovi
hits radically revamped by the band -- Jon Bon Jovi admitted,
"I don't know if anyone's gonna buy this."
The album, which came out Nov. 4, features songs revisited
in ways that are startling at first: leadoff single "Wanted
Dead or Alive" becomes a Led Zeppelin-like stomp, while "It's
My Life" morphs into a wistful ballad. But the tunes quickly
show themselves sturdy enough to withstand the upheaval.
"The children started to grow by themselves, so to speak,"
says guitarist Richie Sambora, who co-produced the album with
Bon Jovi and Patrick Leonard. "To actually be able to reinvent
your songs and be happy with them, I can't recall any band in
history exactly ever doing that."
Originally, the band planned to release an acoustic live
album, and it recorded the tunes, many of them with an
orchestra, last January in Japan.
But somewhere along the way, the group decided to turn the songs on their ears.
"I just thought, 'Why not?"' Bon Jovi said of the decision
to scrap the acoustic Japanese session and turn the project
"This is just the beginning of yet another chapter," he
said. "'Keep the Faith' was the beginning of the second
chapter, is now closed. It's obvious we're not going to try to
write those songs again. It's time to go left and find another
As for what the next 10 years will bring, that's yet to be
determined, but Bon Jovi said he knows what it won't be. "I
don't know yet what it will entail, but I think I've been
honest with myself and with anyone else that this will never be
a nostalgia band knocking on the '80s door and putting one of
those bills together."
In fact, Sambora said the group's ability to revisit its
past in such a fresh fashion is one of the keys to its
"This album is going to show people that the reason we're
still around after 20 years is because we're not afraid to do
this kind of and that these songs are really, really good and
they hold up."
To help push "This Left Feels Right," the band has linked
with Samsung, which will Webcast Bon Jovi's Nov. 15 Atlantic
City, N.J., concert live through samsungusa.com. The Web site
also is conducting a sweepstakes to win a guitar autographed by
Additionally, the electronics company is promoting the
project with ads on more than 350 consumer and business Web
sites that push the new Samsung/Napster MP3 player.
Bon Jovi is also appearing in commercials for Duracell as
part of a $30 million commercial campaign for the battery
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