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Bon Jovi Reportedly Set to Release New Album

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Bon Jovi are reportedly set to release Burning Bridges, their first album of the post-Richie Sambora era. Apparently due Aug. 21, the studio project is said to feature an advance single titled “Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning,” reportedly slated for release on July 31.

Jon Bon Jovi turned to Philip Eric Xenidis (whose stage name is Phil X) to fill in during the latter part of Sambora’s tenure. The lineup is rounded out by fellow co-founders David Bryan and Tico Torres, as well as bassist Hugh McDonald, who has been with Bon Jovi since the early ’90s.

Burning Bridges follows 2013’s platinum-selling What About Now, which became Bon Jovi’s fifth chart-topping smash. Much has changed since then, with the surprising departure of Sambora, one of the group’s original members. The guitarist said he left in order to push himself creatively. “I just needed some kind of change,” he said earlier this year. “It’s not about money; it’s about music.”

Jon Bon Jovi, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Sambora in 2009, debuted a new song earlier this year during graduation ceremonies at Rutgers University’s Camden, N.J., campus. “Reunion” was so freshly composed that Bon Jovi admitted he’d only performed it once before. “I sang it for the chancellor in the back dressing room,” he said.

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