Bon Jovi is planning to dig deep into its catalog and maybe even play some albums in their entirety for the group's upcoming Circle World Tour, which kicks off Feb. 11 in Honolulu.
With an itinerary of 135 shows in 30 countries until August of 2011, guitarist Richie Sambora told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters that "to keep ourselves interested and happy we're going to be picking songs from different records and kind of intersect them into the set as time goes on...We try to give the crowd the songs they want to hear, obviously. That's very important 'cause the fans came to hear those songs. We love to play them, so it's not a big deal. But we're gonna go back and play stuff that we haven't played in 20 years...stuff off the first album, stuff off the second album that we haven't played in God knows how long. So it's gonna be a lot of fun."
The guitarist added that Bon Jovi will particularly take advantage of multi-night stands at the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (five) and the O2 Arena in London (15) to stage a few special events. "We might do 'Slippery When Wet' in its entirety, or 'Lost Highway' in its entirety," he said. "I'm sure we'll do 'The Circle' in its entirety a few times on this tour, 'cause we're really proud of this record. We're going to be doing a lot of different stuff."
Three Meadowlands shows are currently announced; two more will be put on sale in the near future, Sambora said, with Kid Rock slated to open both.
Sambora revealed that the staging will again make extensive use of moving video screens, this time with a twist. "We have these robots that actually move the video screens around the stage," he said. There will also be a semi-circular ramp bordering the stage as well as VIP pits for premium ticket buyers to get up close and personal with the band.
And while "The Circle" is still going strong with a new single, "Superman Tonight," Sambora said a greatest hits album is "ready to go" with three new songs, though he expects that it won't be released until the fourth quarter of 2010 or "whenever ('The Circle') wanes...I would think, in my heart of hearts that this record'll last 'til next Christmas and the greatest hits will come out for Christmas of next year."
Sambora doesn't expect any of the compilation's new songs to be previewed during the tour, however. "We have so many other songs to choose from," he said, "but you never know. We're so loose when it comes to that stuff...Jon is always calling what we call audibles, just like a quarterback on a football field...and inject any song at any time. We sound check every day and we're always trying new songs to play at shows. Then we also play a lot of covers, too; Jon'll say, 'You got an idea?' 'Yeah -- how about Neil Young, 'Rockin' in the Free World?' ' and, bang, we do it. 'Helter Skelter,' bang, we do it. It'll be a lot of fun."