The new year means new music for Bon Jovi, said frontman Jon Bon Jovi during a Thursday, Nov. 30 Facebook Live.
“We’re going to put out a couple of new songs to share with you for the new year,” Bon Jovi said. “I think they’re pretty good. Just two tracks to support what we hope to be sharing with you in 2018.”
Bon Jovi then gave a telling wink.
The new music will be the band’s follow up to “This House Is Not for Sale,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart when it was released in November, 2016.
Later in the broadcast, Bon Jovi said that current events will inform one of the songs.
“The current news has obviously been filtered for the past year to a place where I’m able to process some of it and put melodies to it, so there is some mention without being too opined,” Bon Jovi said. “It’s definitely prevalent in one of the two new songs.”
“The world’s gone crazy — I’m looking to you guys, the next generation, to reinvent the wheel,” Bon Jovi said. “Be the future you want to be because we’re counting on you. It’s not being political if you’re worried about taking care of the planet that we live on and the people around you. We’re all more alike than we are different.”
Bon Jovi took a handful of questions that were posted to the band’s Facebook page and answered them for about 15 minutes. He spoke about maybe someday bringing the story of Tommy and Gina to Broadway, his growth as a songwriter and what the band has been rehearsing as of late.
Bon Jovi is expected to tour in ‘18.
Songs from “‘These Days’ and a lot of the album tracks from ‘Keep the Faith’,” said Bon Jovi of the rehearsal material. “We’ve been playing ‘Dry Country’ again and ‘Blaze of Glory,’ ‘These Days’ and ‘Hey God,’ so the rehearsals are feeling really great.”
The current lineup includes David Bryan on keyboards, Tico Torres, drums; Hugh McDonald, bass; Everett Bradley, percussion and backing vocals; and Phil Xenidis and John Shanks on guitars.
Bon Jovi also thanked fans for the more than one million fan votes they’ve received for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I came here to say thanks for exceeding a million votes with another week to go,” Bon Jovi said. “It’s really nice that our friends out there who supported the band for such a long time are having their voices heard. It’s been fun.”
Bon Jovi is one of 19 nominees for the Rock Hall’s Class of 2018. The top five fan voted acts will compose a fan’s ballot that will count as one of the ballots.
Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, the Cars, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies are this year’s other nominees.
The 2018 inductees will be announced on Dec. 13, according to Cleveland.com, and inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. Fans were able to vote once a day for their favorites through Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s web site, rockhall.com/vote.