Jon Bon Jovi graciously answered questions during a Facebook Live Q & A session on Nov. 30. The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee kicked things off by thanking everyone who has been casting votes for Bon Jovi's potential induction (with one million-plus received thus far). He also discussed his songwriting process behind “Bed of Roses” and “Always” and then dropped a pleasant surprise, in announcing impending new songs for 2018.
Jon Bon Jovi is Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Honoree. He's dabbled in multiple songwriting genres including rock, country and glam rock. When asked where ideas for songs like “Bed of Roses” and “Always” came from, especially after writing ‘80s glam rock, Bon Jovi flashed his signature smile and began by noting “it’s just an extension as a songwriter.” He also pointed out these tracks were written on piano as opposed to guitar and said, “from a songwriting perspective, different songs come out of you at the piano than do on the guitar” and noted how “sitting at the piano allowed for a certain feel.”
Bon Jovi then relayed the band’s Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 song “Bed of Roses” started in a hotel in Los Angeles on a piano that was used at a wedding being held there. The staff delivered the piano to his room after the wedding, while he was out having fun that night. The next morning, he confessed, he “felt a little guilty” about not using the piano “and a lot hung-over.” He sat down and worked out the start of the song there. He continued it at home and didn’t finish it until playing it for a “Young Guns” producer, who told him, “You gotta finish this song.” He said, “I sure am happy that I did. It was a big one for us.”
He shared “Always” was originally written as a soundtrack song for the movie “Romeo is Bleeding.” But, the film ultimately didn’t want a closing credit song. He sat on the track until a friend and former A&R guy at Geffen records listened to and dubbed it “a smash.” So, the band went to Bon Jovi’s house in New Jersey and worked it out of its original soundtrack state into its current power ballad state. The international chart-topper was released as a single from Bon Jovi’s 1994 album Cross Road. The song peaked in the U.S. at No. 2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Bon Jovi responded to a question about whether they're working on new music by smiling again and saying, “As a matter of fact, we are. And, a nice little surprise is that we’re gonna put out a couple of new songs to share with you for the new year. They’re cut. We think they’re pretty good and are just two tracks to support what we hope to be sharing with you in 2018.” He finished the announcement off with a friendly wink.
The world-renowned rocker also gave advice to aspiring artists, talked about an important family Christmas tradition and finished by answering a question about whether current news has influenced his songwriting process for a new album.
“Current news has obviously been filtered for the last year to a place where I’m able to process some of it and put down melodies to it,” Bon Jovi said. “So, there is some mention without being too opined. It’s definitely prevalent in one of the two new songs. The world’s gone crazy. I’m looking to you guys, to the next generation to reinvent the wheel. Be the future you want to be because we’re counting on you. It’s not being political if you’re worrying about taking care of the planet that we live on and the people around you. We’re all more alike than we are different.”
New music from Bon Jovi will follow up the band’s Billboard 200 chart-topping 2016 album, This House Is Not For Sale. It is the band's sixth No. 1 album. The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote closes on Dec. 5. Click here for more information about voting for Bon Jovi.
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