Jon Bon Jovi: Touring is much more civil now

Jon Bon Jovi has spoken to Sky News about touring after more than 30 years of fame, saying life on the road is "much more civil" than in the band's '80s and '90s heyday.
In an interview with Kay Burley, the rock frontman spoke about everything from the band's longevity to politics - and whether he would consider running for office.When asked what it is like touring now compared with the earlier years of Bon Jovi, he said they cut their teeth performing more than 200 shows year after year, and while he still enjoys the gigs now he has no desire to "live out of a suitcase as much" anymore."In truth I think that we pace it a lot better than we did in the beginning," he said.
Jon Bon Jovi: Touring is much more civil now

Bon Jovi: The hair was much bigger in 1985. Pic: Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock
"When you're a kid and you have nothing else to do and nowhere else to go, living out of a suitcase is not only romantic but it's smart because you need to go out there and learn to work in front of audiences around the globe."That's how we cut our teeth. We weren't afraid of doing 240 shows in a tour in a year and then doing it again the next year... I have no desire to do that any longer."So these are much more civil… I don't feel the need or the desire to live out of a suitcase as much."

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With a career spanning four decades, Bon Jovi have shifted more than 100 million records and performed in front of 34 million fans worldwide.They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only this year, after being eligible for almost a decade.
Their biggest hits include Livin' On A Prayer, Always, Shot Through The Heart and It's My Life, but the singer says it was not always obvious which songs would do well."I've missed the mark many times... I walked out of the room and thought Livin' On A Prayer was okay. You know, maybe we give it to this soundtrack… and I was laughed at. Richie [Sambora, guitarist] looked at me and he said, 'you're crazy'.
The singer says the band performed hundreds of shows a year in their earlier days
"Because it was so new, it was so different, it was such a unique song. It didn't sound like anything on the radio."Same thing with It's My Life or Always. There have been songs that were so different than what was on the radio, that who knew?
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