Jon Bon Jovi says fans who are disappointed in his band’s light touring schedule for 2007 will be rewarded in their patience in 2008.
“There’s going to be a real tour, but not ’til next year,” Bon Jovi tells Billboard.com. “They’re routing it now. I think it’s Japan and Australia for January into mid-February, then the States. Early spring in Europe we’ll be outdoors, then outdoors in America — the usual kind of run that we do.”
As previously reported, the band’s country-flavored new album, “Lost Highway,” is due June 19, but the vocalist won’t be touring immediately because his family is preparing to move from the Rumson, N.J., area to Manhattan and he wants time to settle everybody.
“It’s part of my growth period,” Bon Jovi explains. “My wife and I just want to make the change. We’re not selling our house here; we’re just moving to New York. It’s one of those kinds of things. The kids’ll go to school here. It’s a big change.”
Bon Jovi will still be visible once “Lost Highway,” which features collaborations with Big & Rich and LeAnn Rimes, comes out. He’s planning a TV blitz that will include “Today” on June 19, “The View” on June 20, “Ellen” on June 21-22 and “Larry King Live.” There will be some spot shows, including Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the Live Earth show July 7 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and a 10-night stand to help open the new Prudential Center in Newark this fall.
The band will also tape a version of “Unplugged” that’s slated to be shown on MTV, VH1 and CMT later this year. “I think because it’s going to be on all three, I’m gonna over-record a lot of songs and then give them different programming,” says Bon Jovi, who plans to augment his band with other instrumentalists and hopefully the guests from “Lost Highway.” “I’ll get LeAnn to come up, maybe Big & Rich to come up. It’ll be a free for all — why not?”