Super-star rock band, Bon Jovi, has announced that after an unbelievable 32 years, it will be leaving it’s label Mercury Records.
Singer Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard magazine, “It is the end of an era.”
For those fans who have purchased or listened to Bon Jovi’s new album, Burning Bridges, which came out Aug 21st, may have already seen the writing on the wall. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the new album’s title track is a direct message to Mercury Records. “After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave / Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along / Well I’ll give you half the publishing / You’re why I wrote this song.” Tellingly, the album was also delivered in a brown paper bag.
Originally, Burning Bridges was intended to be released and then promoted alongside the band’s upcoming Southeast Asia tour, but in a turn around Bon Jovi revealed to Billboard, “[It fulfills] a commitment to Mercury Records. After 32 years, we have parted ways. That is the big news. If you listen to “Burning Bridges”, the song, it is clearly spelled out.”
But fear not, you Bon Jovi diehards; the singer also told Billboard that the band will release a new album next year, and is slated for Spring 2016.
Photo: Andy Willsher/NME.