Richie Sambora recently spoke to Billboard.com about the the band’s new album, where he told the reporter that it’ll mark a musical “evolution”.
The 53-year-old guitarist teased that the group’s 12th record, What About Us?, could incorporate a more acoustic sound.
“(We’re) just basically pushing the production a bit more or lessening the production so you’re a bit more naked. It goes both ways on this particular record. We’ve stripped it down, taken some away and added some different elements.”
But Richie added that the sound is still very much Bon Jovi: “Jon and I, when we get together it sounds like Bon Jovi. It sounds like us. That’s basically the way it is and what comes out comes out.”
On January 7, Bon Jovi’s new single “Because We Can” will be released worldwide and available for download on iTunes, with the album due out in early 2013.
“The lyrics are very positive – obviously Because We Can, What About Now?, it’s all empowering and that’s what we were trying to get to. We were trying to get some positive lyrics. That’s kind of where we landed,” said Richie.