By: Gary Graff
Fans can expect a bit of "wow" factor for Bon Jovi's Because We Can -- The Tour, which kicks off February 9 in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The group is currently rehearsing for the year-long trek, and keyboardist David Bryan tells us that it will live up to the visual standards set by Bon Jovi's other tours:
"With every tour we...try to up our game...without making it such a production that you lose the fact there's a band there. For us it enhances what we do, and we've got some really cool tricks up our sleeve. It's really looking cool."
Bryan would not, however, talk about specific aspects of the show, saying, "then it wouldn't be a surprise."
Bon Jovi also expects the set list to evolve during the tour, especially since the group will be touring for more than six weeks before the March 26 release of its new album, "What About Now." Guitarist Richie Sambora notes that, "It's the first time we've ever done this in the band's existence. It's the first time we've ever actually toured before we put a record out."
Bryan, meanwhile, added that:
"We play for at least two and a half hours, sometimes longer, so there's a lot of songs from all the records, and we know there's a staple we as fans would want to hear, so we always give that. Then we change a bunch of songs and throw in a couple new ones. And every night is different."
Bon Jovi has released the first single, "Because We Can," from "What About Now." The first Bon Jovi's North American tour runs until April 25 in San Jose, Calif., returning for a stadium run in July. Its European tour includes Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on June 6 and the first Barclaycard British Summer Time festival on July 5 in London's Hyde Park.
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