Bon Jovi nearing the end of "Lost Highway"

Mon Jul 7, 2008 3:04am EDT
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - Things are starting to get "a little bit" sentimental around the Bon Jovi camp as the New Jersey rockers enter the home stretch of their 2007-08 world tour, according to guitarist Richie Sambora.

Bon Jovi kicked off a final North American leg Sunday in Sarnia, Ontario, and will finish with two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden on July 14-15. Bon Jovi will also play the Major League Baseball All-Star Game concert on July 12 in New York's Central Park.

By the time it wraps the "Lost Highway" tour will have played to an estimated 966,000 fans worldwide since it began last October in New Jersey. The tour promoted the 2007 album "Lost Highway," which was Bon Jovi's first No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, according to Universal.

"Each tour is the end of an era and it's an end of a journey," Sambora told "The journey starts out with Jon (Bon Jovi) and I sitting in the room with a couple of pieces of paper and a pen and a guitar, and the songs start the whole thing. And it ends up in the studio with the band and then on the promotional tour ... and then the fun part, taking it to the people. So this'll be the end of the 'Lost Highway' era -- and the beginning of a new one, absolutely."

Bon Jovi is starting to plot its next moves, too. One project in the offing is a documentary commemorating the band's 25 years. Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple ("American Dream," "Harlan County, USA") has been on the road with the band this year. There's also talk of a second greatest hits album, for which Bon Jovi might record some new songs.

"I'm not quite sure where to go -- "Is it 'Greatest Hits, Vol. 2' or is it time for a solo record -- or is it time to walk away?" says Bon Jovi, who will also be focusing on the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League team he co-owns with Sambora. "I don't know what it'll be yet. I'm thinking about it but not thinking about it, y'know? I'm still too caught up in this touring process to think."

Sambora, meanwhile, says he'd be surprised if there's much time away from Bon Jovi. "I wouldn't foresee much of a break, no," says the guitarist, who recently guested on a new song ("Baby") for rapper LL Cool J and is doing music for a blues film that also includes B.B. King and Dr. John.

"We need to take a little bit of a breather and decompress, and then we'll get back together and see what's going on," he says. "Jon and I, we start woodshedding, we start writing pretty quickly. There's lots of other stuff to do, but Bon Jovi's the number one priority, no matter what."


<p>Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs during the "Rock in Rio" music festival in Lisbon May 31, 2008. REUTERS/Nacho Doce</p>