Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lyric videos for We Don't Run & Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning

Lyric videos for "We Don't Run" and "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" -- the two songs we've heard from Bon Jovi's upcoming release Burning Bridges -- have been uploaded to the band's VEVO channel on YouTube. Check out how close or how wrong we were about the words. :)

Bon Jovi - We Don’t Run (Lyric Video)


Bon Jovi - Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning (Lyric Video)


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi talks about Burning Bridges

Jon Bon Jovi was interviewed by Scott Shannon about the new album. He describes Burning Bridges as a "fan record" made up of unfinished tracks from previous album sessions. It's basically being released to accompany the upcoming Asian tour whilst the 2016 album is finished. Jon is clearly much more excited about the 2016 album and tour cycle than this one.

He's also excited about the studio version of Reunion -- the song he wrote for Rutgers graduates and touched on his friendship with Republican Chris Christie (even though he's a notable Democrat supporter).

Listen to the interview here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Bon Jovi song We Don't Run

A few days ago I posted about the surprise new Bon Jovi album Burning Bridges, and the first song we heard, Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning. The song was catchy enough, but nothing we hadn't heard several times since 2000.

The other new song that Billboard mentioned, We Don't Run, just dropped. And it's different. Listen to it here.

What do you think? Not sure when this song was written, but it reminds me a little of Unbreakable (bonus track from Have a Nice Day), Undivided (Bounce), and something else.

Here is my attempt to transcribe the lyrics. Feel free to correct me. There's one line in the chorus that is certainly way off, and probably other bits too.

(EDIT: A lyric video for We Don't Run has now been released so I've updated the transcription below to the official lyrics.)

Take a look around you, yeah the sky is falling
Sinners say your prayers, this train is off the tracks
Nothing is forever when tomorrow's calling
Dancing with the devil to get one day back

Not afraid of burning bridges
'Cause I know they're gonna light my way
Like a phoenix from the ashes
Welcome to the future, it's a new day

We don't run, I'm standing my ground
We don't run and we don't back down
There's fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain
Blessed each tear and this dirt I was born in
Run, we don't run, we don't run

Take me to the banks of your muddy water
Where the flesh and blood and the spirit meet
Only takes your touch for me to find salvation
You're the only reason that I still believe

Not afraid of burning bridges
'Cause I know they're gonna light my way
Like a phoenix from the ashes
Welcome to the future, it's a new day

We don't run, I'm standing my ground
We don't run and we don't back down
There's fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain
Bless each tear and this dirt I was born in
Run, we don't run, we don't run

(Fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain)
(Fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain)

We don't run, I'm standing my ground
We don't run and we don't back down
There's fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain
Bless each tear and this dirt I was born in
Run, we don't run, we don't run

We don't run
We don't...
(Fire in the sky, there's thunder on the mountain)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New Bon Jovi album Burning Bridges coming out in August + new song Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning

At the time of writing this blog post, there has been no announcement about this on Bon Jovi's website, Facebook page or Twitter. However, several websites have reported that a new Bon Jovi album, Burning Bridges, will be released in a little over a month's time on August 21, 2015. And Jon's brother Matt did tweet this:


Here's what Billboard had to say:
Bon Jovi is releasing a special fan album leading up to its overseas fall tour, Billboard has learned.

The band is releasing two new tracks not even one month before the Aug. 21 release of their new album, Burning Bridges.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi tells Billboard: “Burning Bridges, which will be released August 21st, is an album for fans and will accompany an upcoming international tour. The band is hard at work on their next album, which will see a full-scale release in 2016.”

The first track -- “We Don’t Run” -- is written by Jon Bon Jovi and Grammy-winning producer John Shanks. An anthem in the Bon Jovi tradition, the tune features meaty production and a shredding guitar solo by Shanks. Shanks has a long history with the band, having produced What About Now, The Circle, Lost Highway and Have a Nice Day.

The song leads off with a driving drum beat and a chain-gang chorus before Bon Jovi gets down to business with a gritty vocal throwing down the gauntlet as he sings, “Not afraid of burning bridges/ 'Cause I know they’re gonna light my way/ Like a phoenix from the ashes/ Welcome to the future, it’s a new day!”

The second -- "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" -- is a happier, more romantic, bright pop song with a hooky chorus featuring the lyrics “Saturday night gave me Sunday morning/ Opened my eyes and it’s a new day dawning/ Think I might have pushed my luck a time or two/ Everything about us is what gets me through.” It's classic Bon Jovi and sure to inspire a big sing-along on the road.

Credited to Jon Bon Jovi, John Shanks and former guitarist Richie Sambora, the song -- released internationally on July 16 -- was written previous to Sambora’s departure from the group.

While the band's live dates kick off overseas on Sept. 11, fans can catch keyboardist David Bryan in a solo headlining spot Aug. 29 at the Rock the Farm event at Regan's Hollow Farm in Farmingdale, New Jersey.
I'm not entirely sure what "a special fan album" means (Outtakes from previous albums?) or why we've heard about it from everyone but an official Bon Jovi channel. And if John Shanks is playing a "shredding guitar solo", then perhaps guitar duties on this album are being shared between JBJ, Shanks and Bobby Bandiera. That's only a guess obviously, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. And if they're including songs that Richie co-wrote, it's likely he also recorded them at the time, so have they re-recorded his guitar parts and backing vocals and/or removed him from the mix? So many questions, so few answers.

Phil X is apparently taking this Blackbird Pedalboard with him on the upcoming Bon Jovi Asian tour, though, so presumably he's still the go-to live guitarist for the foreseeable future.

Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning premiered on Austrian radio a day ago. Listen to it here. What do you think of the track?

This was my attempt at transcribing the lyrics. I'm pretty sure some of them are wrong so please feel free to correct me! :)

(EDIT: A lyric video for Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning has now been released, so I've edited the transcription according to the official lyrics.)

I was living my life like a long lost weekend
Never felt nothing, jumping right into the deep end
I wasn't missing nothing that was ever worth getting
Never hung around enough to regret it

You came walking in late but just in time
You ended my excuses with a ten cent rhyme
Your shoes and attitude were stacked way up high
I knew right then you were the story of my life

Oh, Saturday night gave me Sunday morning
Opened my eyes now it's a new day dawning
Think I might've pushed my luck a time or two
Everything about us is what gets me through
I never thought I'd hear the church bells ringing
I never learned the song this heart was singing
No regrets, I took that step and I'm still falling
Saturday nights gave me Sunday morning, yeah

When you're driving down a street that's only going one way
When every day starts feeling like a month of Mondays
You should know I still got something left to prove
Know what it takes to get back to you

Oh, Saturday night gave me Sunday morning
Opened my eyes now it's a new day dawning
Think I might've pushed my luck a time or two
Everything about us is what gets me through
I never thought I'd hear the church bells ringing
I never learned the song this heart was singing
No regrets, I took that step and I'm still falling
Saturday nights gave me Sunday morning, yeah

Remember those nights staring out at the lights
Making time with our feet in the sand
Making up words to our favourite songs
Laughing loud with those drinks in our hands
As that boy put his head on her shoulder
She pulled him tight to get a bit closer
And as the world just disappeared
You whispered in my ear

Oh, those Saturday nights gave me Sunday morning
Opened my eyes now it's a new day dawning
Think I might've pushed my luck a time or two
Everything about us is what gets me through
I never thought I'd hear the church bells ringing
I never learned the song this heart was singing
No regrets, I took the step and I'm still falling
Saturday nights gave me Sunday morning, yeah
Sunday morning

Friday, July 10, 2015

Richie Sambora and Orianthi cover I Got You, Babe

Here's a teaser of Richie Sambora and Orianthi covering Sonny and Cher's "I Got You, Babe" for the song's 50th anniversary. Not sure when we'll hear the whole track or if it'll be on the album they're working on together. As a side note, Richie dated Cher in the 80s, which is more interesting than relevant.

Richie Sambora & Orianthi - I Got You Babe (Teaser)


What do you think?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bon Jovi's These Days album is 20

I haven't blogged here in a few weeks and These Days is my favourite Bon Jovi album so I think I should say something about this.

Yep, These Days is 20 years old! It was officially released on June 19, 1995. I was an oblivious six-year-old at the time, but I'm actually glad I discovered the album later in life because I wouldn't have appreciated it as much as a kid. As a teenager or young adult, however, it helped me through some of the toughest periods of my life. And that's why I'll always consider myself a Bon Jovi fan, even when they do things that make me want to rip my hair out. :P

Let's relive the singles of These Days, just because.

Bon Jovi - These Days


Bon Jovi - This Ain't A Love Song


Bon Jovi - Something For The Pain


Bon Jovi - Lie To Me


Bon Jovi - Hey God


Which track from These Days is your favourite? Where does the album rank for you?

Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is working on a new album (No official word on who's playing lead guitar, but it's not Richie Sambora) and have announced a string of rare dates in Asia in September and October. Jakarta, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Macau, Abu Dhabi, and Tel Aviv are on the bill.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi records Beautiful Day for Finding Neverland

Jon Bon Jovi has recorded a new song, Beautiful Day, for Finding Neverland: The Album. The song was written by Gary Barlow and forms part of an album inspired by the Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.

You can listen to the track and hear Jon talking about the project now via PEOPLE.

Jon Bon Jovi 'Beautiful Day' Finding Neverland


Jon Bon Jovi 'Beautiful Day' Behind The Scenes


Here are the lyrics I heard (Feel free to correct me!):

Oh, what a day to be here
It's only at this time of year
Oh, what a sight, what a scene
If we can live in this dream
Is there time in your life
You need the day to happen twice
I'll take a pad and a pen
And hope it happens again

Oh, what a day to be out
There's music in every sound
It's good to breathe in the air
That's all around us everywhere
Is there time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
So between now and then
I hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day

Oh, what a day to be out
There's music in every sound
It's good to breathe in the air
That's all around us everywhere
Is there time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
So between now and then
I hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day

Listen to the water on this beautiful day
Happy ever after on this beautiful day

Is there a time in your life
You want a day to happen twice
I'll take a pad and a pen
And hope it happens again

Oh, come and share this beautiful day
The sun is here again
Until tomorrow begins
We'll stay right here
Oh, come and share this beautiful day
Before it's taken away
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day
The whole world is smiling on this beautiful day


What do you think of the song?