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Hits collection makes Bon Jovi proud of past

of the Oakland Press

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Jon Bon Jovi feels justifiably proud when he looks at his new “Greatest Hits” collection, which comes out Tuesday, Nov. 9, in both single- and double-CD editions.

“One thing I realized when I was referencing some of the songs and working on a track listing and stuff was that I liked the body of work, and I liked this as a representation of the body of work,” says the New Jersey rocker, who’s still in the midst of a world tour promoting his latest album, 2009’s “The Circle.” “I may look back and say track eight on album seven wasn’t the best representation of who I was or where I was at that time, but when I look at this collection I think, ‘Y’know what? This isn’t hype. We have sold 130 million albums for a reason. The songs related to people, and they hold up.”

The “Greatest Hits” sets have four new songs between them — including the new single, “What Do You Got?” — while a fifth, “This is Our House,” came out as an MP3 download premium for those who pre-ordered the album. The compilation was actually supposed to precede “The Circle” but was pushed back when Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora came up with a batch of topical new songs for “The Circle.”

“While we’re in the midst of ‘The Circle’ tour this ‘Greatest Hits’ made the most sense,” Bon Jovi explains, “because the tour’s going to continue through the summer of next year. For those who have just found the band in this rather prolific decade, this is a great introduction, and for the fan who’s been there the last three decades this is everything you’ve ever known and then five new songs, so I feel like they’re getting value-added, too.”

Bon Jovi has a number of appearances and events lined up to promote “Greatest Hits,” starting with a Sunday, Nov. 7, performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, where it will receive the inaugural Global Icon Award. On Monday, Nov. 8, “One Night Only,” a concert film from May’s opening run at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, will be shown at 750 movie theaters worldwide (check www.fathomevents.com for theaters and ticket information).

Bon Jovi appears on CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, along with a webcast concert that will stream on the show’s website as well as www.VEVO.com. That starts a TV run that includes: NBC’s “The Today Show,” Friday, Nov. 12; A&E’s “Private Sessions,” Nov. 14; the American Music Awards on Nov. 21; “Ellen,” Nov. 23; a “Larry King Live” interview Nov. 23 on CNN; and “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” Nov. 25.

Bon Jovi is also starting to scope out plans for after “The Circle” tour ends in July, which may include “a smaller-sounding solo record” as well as his continuing philanthropy and sports ownership endeavors — possibly even the purchase of a National Football League franchise.

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