Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bon Jovi leaves Mercury Records after 32 years

I told you Burning Bridges wasn't about Richie Sambora. :)

And today there's been confirmation that Bon Jovi has split with Mercury Records:
"It is the end of an era," says the singer just before taking the stage for a show with his sideband, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.

The news comes one day after the release of Bon Jovi's "fan album," Burning Bridges. The record, he explains, is a collection of songs that was meant to accompany the group's upcoming 12-show tour of Southeast Asia, but in reality, it was something more, he said.

"[It fulfills] a commitment to Mercury Records," he tells Billboard. "After 32 years, we have parted ways. That is the big news. If you listen to 'Burning Bridges,' the song, it is clearly spelled out."

Read the rest of the article on Billboard.

We don't know whether Bon Jovi's going with another label or if they're releasing the next album independently (although they did sign a new management deal with Irving Azoff earlier this year). But hopefully everyone can now calm down about the non-existent attack on Richie.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Controversial" new Bon Jovi album Burning Bridges out now

Bon Jovi's latest release, Burning Bridges, has now been released around the world.

Here's the tracklist if you haven't got your copy yet:
  1. A Teardrop to the Sea
  2. We Don't Run
  3. Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning
  4. We All Fall Down
  5. Blind Love
  6. Who Would You Die For
  7. Fingerprints
  8. Life is Beautiful
  9. I'm Your Man
  10. Burning Bridges
  11. Take Back the Night (bonus track - available on the Japanese version and the Walmart edition in the US)

We know that at least some of the songs were written for previous albums and didn't make the cut. Here was Jon talking about Burning Bridges at a fan club gig just after Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning first dropped.



He said "there's no band stuff, don't look too deeply, it's not that" and now I think I know why. Many people have interpreted the title track as a parting shot at Richie Sambora. To me, it seems obvious that it's a dig at the record company. Especially since the band has done virtually no promotion for this album (Bon Jovi's Facebook page hasn't mentioned the album once), and Jon has downplayed it as a contractual obligation whilst insisting the "real album" is coming out in 2016.

What do you think?

Here are the lyrics (or a pretty close approximation, since we haven't seen the official lyrics yet):

Sayonara, adios, auf wiedersehen, farewell
Adieu, goodnight, guten abend, here's the last song you can sell
Let's call it Burning Bridges, it's a singalong as well
Ciao, adieu, goodnight, guten abend, play it for your friends in Hell

Someone shut the lights off, turn the page, the stories I could write
I’ve seen a million faces and I've lived a couple lives
Here’s our history for all to see, the smiles and all the scars
First the rising, then the falling, call this chapter Shooting Stars
(Must sound good from where you are)

Sayonara, adios, auf wiedersehen, farewell
Adieu, goodnight, guten abend, here’s one last song you can sell
Let’s call it Burning Bridges, it’s a singalong as well
Ciao, adieu, goodnight, guten abend, play it for your friends in Hell

Oh, check the box, yeah, mark this day, there's nothing more to say
After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig a grave
Now maybe you could learn to sing or even strum along
But I'll give you half the publishing, you're why I wrote this song
(Everybody, sing along)

Sayonara, adios, auf wiedersehen, farewell
Adieu, goodnight, guten abend, here's one last song you can sell
Let's call it Burning Bridges, it’s a singalong as well
Hope my money and my masters buy a front row seat in Hell

Ciao, adieu, goodnight, guten abend
Play it for your friends in Saint-Tropez


The two lines that give away the real target of this song are "Here's one last song you can sell" and "Hope my money and my masters buy a front row seat in Hell". Richie doesn't sell the songs, and he doesn't own the masters... but the record company does.

You can stream Burning Bridges on Spotify if you don't have it yet. How would you rate the album? Do you have a favourite or least favourite song?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jon Bon Jovi sings Chinese love song

Jon Bon Jovi has sung a Mandarin love song, The Moon Represents My Heart. It was done to commemorate the Qixi Festival (aka Chinese Valentine's Day), which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Lunar calendar. Bon Jovi will play their first ever shows in China in September.

The song was popularised by Teresa Teng, whose music my father loves. So now I have to go and tell him that some white kid from New Jersey is speaking (singing) better Chinese than me, a woman of Malaysian Chinese heritage... Thanks Jon! :P In all seriousness though, I think it's pretty cool that Jon has done this. Not only is it a nice gesture for Chinese fans, Mandarin isn't exactly the easiest language to get your tongue around.

Jon Bon Jovi Sings Chinese Love Song for Valentine’s Day in China

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)