NEW YORK – Rock singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi said he always knew he was destined to be in a band with such certainty that he never considered a plan B, according to an interview with EFE published on Tuesday.
Bon Jovi, who has been the front man of the rock band of the same name for the past 35 years, sat down with EFE in New York to delve back into his music career spanning three decades.
“I was 16, there was no other choice – I was going to be in a rock band,” the rock star said, recalling the moment he knew what he wanted to do.
“By the time I was 16 years old, there wasn’t a plan B,” Bon Jovi said. “So I could sneak into a bar at 16 and I got a record deal by the time I was 21 – I was making my first record.”
The band has announced a string of concerts in Europe for 2019 as part of its “This House Is Not For Sale” tour, including an evening in the Spanish capital Madrid on July 7.
“Spanish crowds are great,” Bon Jovi said, harking back to gigs played in Spain in the past.
“They embraced the band all those years ago,” he recalled, adding that he could even sing a few songs in Spanish.
“So if it was San Sebastian and Barcelona, all the cities, it’s still the same passion and people,” said the singer. “For me it was an obvious choice of where I wanted to go.”
With over 2,800 gigs under its belt, the band, who brought the world “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Bad Medicine,” has learned to slow down and was taking its time to take its new tracks to its fans all over the world as part of a tour that began in February 2017 and would continued until July 2019.
“It has been a little while, but we’ve enjoyed this kind of pacing. So next year’s just Europe, whereas this year was just North America,” the singer told EFE.
The singer acknowledged that the band had been through a lot of changes over the course of its long history: “We’ve been through many iterations of this business in 35 years from no such thing as a CD, no such thing as the internet or a mobile phone.”
Despite the positive technological developments that have affected the music world, the star said social media was not for him.
“I don’t really get caught up in social media as it pertains to celebrity, that’s the disconnect, that’s the next generation,” said the artist, who sometimes posts on Instagram.
David Bryan, who has been the band’s keyboard player since the beginning and who also spoke to EFE, said Bon Jovi had still not “achieved everything we want to, or else we’d be done.”
“Just keep making music, still caring about being a good player, a good singer, working as hard as you can,” said Bryan.
He described music as “the greatest communicator,” something that united people all over the globe and helped them “forget about the hate.”
“I think it brings people together in every shape and form, every walk of life,” said Bryan.