BON JOVI CELEBRATE THREE DECADES IN A CAREER
THAT GETS BIGGER & BIGGER
EXTENSIVE ISLAND/UMe CATALOG CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING JULY 1 WITH
‘NEW JERSEY’ IN REMASTERED, DELUXE, AND SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS
Los Angeles, California – May 20, 2014 - For three decades, the iconic, world renowned BON JOVI has steadfastly earned and maintained a stellar reputation as ambassadors of American rock ‘n’ roll, performing for more than 37.5 million fans, selling more than 130 million albums and racking up 96 No. 1 chart debuts around the globe. On the heels of yet another record-breaking year in 2013, which included their fifth No. 1 record and the No. 1 worldwide tour, Bon Jovi announces plans for an extensive 30th Anniversary catalog campaign with Island/UMe. The initiative will launch with the July 1 release of the seminal album New Jersey in a remastered 1-CD and digital edition, a 2-CD and digital Deluxe Edition, and a 3-disc (2-CD/1-DVD) Super Deluxe Edition. More 30th Anniversary commemorative titles, including newly-compiled collections of studio and live recordings, will also be released this year.
Released in September 1988, New Jersey spent four straight weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and spawned five Top 10 singles (“Bad Medicine;” “Born To Be My Baby;” “I’ll Be There For You;” “Living In Sin;” and “Lay Your Hands On Me,” two of which hit No. 1 (“Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”) – the only rock album ever with that many Top 10 hits. The album is multi-platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Bon Jovi originally envisioned the New Jersey project as a double-LP, using the working title Sons Of Beaches. But in the end, Mercury Records released the album as a 12-track single LP and the band renamed it simply New Jersey, in honor of their home state. With the new Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions, the New Jersey originally imagined by Bon Jovi can finally be shared with fans.
The 2-CD and digital Deluxe Edition digipak’s first disc includes the remastered original album, plus three bonus tracks which were originally released as B-sides or CD-single bonus tracks. The second CD features the 13 Sons Of Beaches demos: more than an hour of previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions, remixed exclusively for this project. Also included is a 32-page booklet with rare images of the band from the New Jersey era, including never-before-seen photos from the making of the album; images and memorabilia from the mammoth 16-month, 26-country, 267-show New Jersey world tour; insider commentary on the bonus tracks and much more.
The 3-disc (2-CD/1-DVD) Super Deluxe Edition also features the remastered original album and all of the bonus audio tracks included on the Deluxe version, plus a DVD with the behind-the-scenes documentary ‘ACCESS ALL AREAS: A ROCK & ROLL ODYSSEY.’ Groundbreaking, highly-acclaimed director Wayne Isham, who also directed the music videos for Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and New Jersey singles, followed the band around the globe with a documentary film crew to chronicle the entire New Jersey tour, including Bon Jovi’s Homecoming concert at Giants Stadium, the band’s history-making concert at Lenin Stadium in Moscow, and their visits to landmarks and concert venues around the world. The extensive footage was edited for 88-minute film released in 1990 on VHS, but never before available on DVD in North America. Also included on the set’s DVD are the seven official music videos commissioned from Isham for the New Jersey album. The Super Deluxe Edition will be housed in a special DVD-sized digipak with a 60-page hardcover book including rare photos and memorabilia.
Beginning with their 1986 breakthrough album Slippery When Wet and back-to-back No. 1 songs “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi’s unique blend of straight up rock ‘n’ roll and universal, everyman lyrics that speak directly to fans’ lives have made the band a mainstay on the charts worldwide. A phenomenon during the mid-to-late-eighties, Bon Jovi bucked labels and defied the ever-fickle music industry to not only survive but thrive during the ‘90s, emerging again in 2000 with the massive hit single “It’s My Life,” which ushered in an era of unprecedented popularity and success in the band’s career, including a GRAMMY® Award for their 2005 No. 1 hit single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
Last year, Bon Jovi released What About Now, their 12th studio album and the third in a row to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The band’s “Because We Can – The Tour” was 2013’s top tour, filling arenas and stadiums worldwide, proving that Bon Jovi is still the world’s number one band.
Led by charismatic front man and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the band has cultivated a devoted fan base captivated by Bon Jovi’s legendary live performances. Part jukebox-come-to-life, part rock ‘n’ roll tent revival, a Bon Jovi concert is a marathon performance of songs which have permeated the pop culture zeitgeist. For three decades, Bon Jovi has consistently released new music and toured the globe, establishing themselves as one of the most beloved and enduring bands in rock ‘n’ roll history.
For more information on Bon Jovi, please visit the official website: www.bonjovi.com.
BON JOVI: New Jersey [CD, digital]
1. Lay Your Hands On Me
2. Bad Medicine
3. Born To Be My Baby
4. Living In Sin
5. Blood On Blood
6. Homebound Train
7. Wild Is The Wind
8. Ride Cowboy Ride
9. Stick To Your Guns
10. I’ll Be There For You
11. 99 In The Shade
12. Love For Sale
BON JOVI: New Jersey (Deluxe Edition) [2CD, digital]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
DISC 2: The ‘SONS OF BEACHES’ Demos
(** All tracks on DISC 2 are previously unreleased)
BON JOVI: New Jersey (Super Deluxe Edition) [boxed 2CD/DVD]
DISC 1: NEW JERSEY (original album, remastered) + bonus tracks
DISC 2: The ‘SONS OF BEACHES’ Demos (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
DISC 3 (DVD):
Directed by Wayne Isham.
The original 1990 88-minute documentary of the band’s epic 16-month world tour in support of the NEW JERSEY album; includes rare backstage, on-the-road, and live concert footage.
First time released in the U.S. on DVD format
All directed by Wayne Isham
- Bad Medicine (1st Version)
- Born To Be My Baby
- I’ll Be There For You
- Lay Your Hands On Me
- Living In Sin
- Blood On Blood
- Bad Medicine (2nd Version)
Original audio produced by Bruce Fairbairn; engineered and mixed by Bob Rock
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Jennifer Ballantyne, UMe: (310) 865-2350 / firstname.lastname@example.org