After a long break to make the latest Dashboard Confessional album, "Alter the Ending," frontman Chris Carrabba is happy to be back on the road -- and particularly thrilled about opening the initial leg of Bon Jovi's North American tour next year.
"They're an amazing band that I love," Carrabba tells Billboard.com. "There's a songwriting prowess that those guys have that's inspired me so much, although it's probably not evident in any of my songwriting. And they're one of the archetypal live bands of the last 30 years; I can't wait to watch them play every night."
Carrabba cites a comment from Jon Bon Jovi that has stuck wtih him throughout his own career. "I heard Bon Jovi say once, when I was a young kid, that if a song can't stand up with just an acoustic guitar then you don't really have a song there," Carrabba recalls. "I think there's truth in that. If boiled down to its simplest equation, it should still be effective if it's a good song. So that's a good litmus test."