Bon Jovi is currently out on the European leg of its Because We Can world tour, and the band has still got a long way to go. After Europe, the New Jersey rockers play the U.K., then return to the U.S. for summer stadium dates, and then they head to Brazil and Australia. But no matter where the band plays, the one thing that strikes Jon Bon Jovi about the fans in the audience every night is their ages: young, old and everything in between.
Describing Bon Jovi fans as "multi-generational," Jon tells ABC News Radio that he's proud of the group's broad appeal, especially since they've been making records for decades.
"We've been around for 30 years and we're doing the kind of business that we do out on the road...we're very lucky. We're very blessed," he says, adding, "I think this is that kind of a band that has crossed to a place where the songs are both your parents' songs and your songs."
Attempting to explain this concept, Jon points to The Rolling Stones, who, of course, have been around a lot longer than Bon Jovi, but whose tunes also have staying power.
"Those songs are just a part of the patchwork of what is pop culture. And you just think that they've always been around and that band has always been around," Jon tells ABC News Radio. "And so we've been around long enough that songs like 'Livin' on a Prayer,' 'Wanted Dead or Alive'... those are in the vernacular now. They're just a part of the patchwork of pop culture. And your mom might know it as well as you do because it's been on the radio for 27 years."
Bon Jovi performs in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday night. There's still no word as to when guitarist Richie Sambora will rejoin the tour, if at all. He recently wrote on Twitter, regarding his absence, "Thanks 4 your notes & concerns. I'm doing f**king great. This is a private matter but please know I love the band and you fans!"
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