Bon Jovi have started leading up to their new This House Is Not for Sale record in earnest, with the debut of the album’s first single — and an official release date.
The title track serves as the lead-off single and video for the LP, which you can watch above. Due in stores Oct. 21, the This House Is Not for Sale album marks the group’s first collection of new material since 2013’s What About Now — and its first since the abrupt departure of guitarist Richie Sambora, who walked away during the tour in support of the record.
With former Triumph guitarist Phil X stepping in, Bon Jovi recorded This House Is Not for Sale with producer John Shanks, who’s had a hand in each of the band’s albums since 2005’s Have a Nice Day. As frontman Jon Bon Jovi explained earlier this year, the sessions made an attempt to return the group to its roots.
“We were recording at different times and different rooms in the studio. That’s not happening anymore,” he vowed. “We went back to the place where we cut ‘Runaway’ in 1982 – where I used to sweep the floor and fetch coffee.”
Interestingly, This House Is Not for Sale finds Bon Jovi still under the Island Records Group umbrella — the same label they appeared to kiss off for good with the title track from their contract-fulfilling Burning Bridges LP. Although the new record is being issued through Island proper and not the Mercury imprint where they’ve spent the bulk of their career, they remain working within the same corporate structure — reportedly the result of cooler heads prevailing after the two sides severed ties.