Bon Jovi fans will see a new face in the band's touring line up this fall. The multi-platinum sellers have added fellow New Jersey guitarist Matt O'Ree to their forthcoming fall tour of South Asia.
According to an article posted Sept. 9 at Noise 11, O'Ree will replace Bobby Bandiera, who has been part of the "Livin' on a Prayer" hitmaker's touring band since 2005. O'Ree has been the longtime frontman of the Matt O'Ree Band and the 2006 winner of Guitarmageddon “King of the Blues” contest sponsored by Guitar Center and "Guitar World" Magazine. The veteran blues-rocker performed a charity gig last month with Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan in Farmingdale, New Jersey, at Rock The Farm.
O'Ree will support Bon Jovi's current lead guitarist Phil X, who took over the position after Richie Sambora's abrupt departure in 2013 at the outset of their Because We Can Tour of North America. The Canadian rocker a.k.a. Philip Eric "Phil X" Xenidis was featured on the band's latest album, Burning Bridges, which was released on Aug. 21 via Mercury and is also recording with the band on their as-yet-untitled 14th studio album, slated for release in 2016.
The upcoming album will mark Bon Jovi's first effort following their recently announced departure from longtime record label Mercury. It will also mark the legendary New Jersey rocker's first entire album without Sambora, whose only contribution to Burning Bridges was limited to a co-write on the track "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" along with frontman Jon Bon Jovi and producer John Shanks.
Co-produced by Shanks and Jon Bon Jovi, Burning Bridges features 10 tracks, including the lead single "We Don’t Run." It is available in digital and CD formats and can be ordered here.
In support of the new album, Bon Jovi will kick off their international romp on Sept. 11 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A pair of shows were recently cancelled by Chinese government officials just days ahead of the tour launch, which had been slated for Sept. 14 in Shanghai and Sept. 19 in Beijing. For all the latest information on Bon Jovi, click here.