Jon Bon Jovi is unwittingly responsible for a songwriting credo that Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba follows.
“I heard Bon Jovi say once, when I was a young kid, that if a song couldn’t stand up with just an acoustic guitar, then you didn’t really have a song there,” recalls Carrabba, 34. “There’s truth in that; if boiled down to its simplest equation, it should still be effective if it’s a good song. So that’s a good litmus test, I think.”
It’s appropriate, then, that Carrabba and his band are now on tour with Bon Jovi.
The group is opening for the New Jersey rockers on their current “Circle” tour until late April, with a few headlining dates sprinkled in to promote Dashboard’s Top 20 2009 album, “Alter the Ending.” It’s an opportunity, he says, that ranks as a highlight of a decade-long career that includes three gold and two platinum albums.
“They’re an amazing band that I love,” Carrabba says of Bon Jovi. “They’re a band that was very genre-specific at the beginning of their career that has surprisingly transcended all of that through just great songwriting ... that’s inspired me so much, although it’s probably not evident in any of my songwriting.
“They’re just one of the archetypal live bands of the last 30 years, and I’m thrilled to think I can watch them play every night.”
Dashboard Confessional performs with Bon Jovi at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 17) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $29.50-129.50. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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