By: Gary Graff
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bon Jovi's first single, "Runaway," which vaulted Jon Bon Jovi and his New Jersey group to a superstar career with sales of more than 130 albums worldwide.
But neither he nor the group are celebrating that mark specifically; instead Bon Jovi is on the record with its Because We Can Tour, promoting its chart-topping new album "What About Now."
Bon Jovi tells us that making new music holds a lot more allure for him than celebrating past glories -- even significant ones:
"I don't need that kind of stuff. I've always just remained in the moment...I don't get caught up in that. I don't know why; maybe it's just because we continue to remain current. As we do that, I don't need to repackage something. I dunno, I just don't get really caught up in it."
Bon Jovi is currently on a short U.S. stadium swing and will take a late-summer break before returning to the road to perform in Mexico City on September 10 and at the Rock In Rio festival on September 20.
The group hits North America again during October and November, with six Australia dates in December and Japan in 2014.
Guitarist Richie Sambora is still on the sidelines for unspecified personal reasons but has hinted that he might return for the fall dates.
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