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Sambora Says Bon Jovi Bandmates Still Close

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Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora told us that the band is gearing up — both mentally and physically — for their upcoming world tour. Out now is Bon Jovi’s new single, “Because We Can,” from the band’s upcoming album, What About Now, which is due out on March 26th, marking the band’s first new studio set since 2009′s The Circle.

Sambora says that prepping for a tour is harder work than actually hitting the road, because the band’s still having a blast together both on and off the stage: “Y’know, obviously to prepare for a tour that looks like a year-and-a-half, or something like that, y’know, you have to physically prepare for it. But once you get out there, you get in a groove, man. And, y’know, this is what we love to do. It’s an anomaly that we still all get along together and, y’know, have a great time playing together, and we’re still making music that people wanna hear and people wanna come see us play, and that’s a big magnet, also.”

UPDATED: Bon Jovi North American tour dates (subject to change):
February 9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
February 10 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
February 13, 14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
February 17, 18 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
February 20 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
February 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
February 23 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
February 24 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
February 27 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
March 1 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 2 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
March 5 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
March 6 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
March 9 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
March 10 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
March 13 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
March 14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
March 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 17 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
April 2 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
April 3 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
April 5 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
April 7 – Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
April 10 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
April 11 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
April 13 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
April 14 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
April 16 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center
April 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
April 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
April 20 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 23 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
April 25 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion At San Jose
July 12 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
July 19 – Dearborn, MI – Ford Field
July 24, 25 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

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