When We Were Us is on eof the songs in cluded in This House Is Not for Sale, the thirteenth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on November 4, 2016, by Island Records. It is their first studio album without former lead guitarist Richie Sambora and the first album to feature the band’s new lead guitarist Phil X as replacement for Sambora, and it is also the first album where bass guitarist Hugh McDonald is credited as an official member, even though he has played bass for the band since 1994.
On November 18, 2014, in an interview with Pierre Robert from WMMR-FM Radio, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi confirmed that he started writing songs for the upcoming Bon Jovi album and that album is going to be recorded in 2015 and released in 2016. He also confirmed that lead guitarist Richie Sambora left the band and said that the doors are wide open for him if he wants to return to the band, even though it is highly unlikely. Jon said: “I’d be hard-pressed to [allow him to return], so would David, so would Tico. It’d be a lot for us [to allow him back]. After a year and a half and you miss 80 shows … I don’t think that’s possible.” By February 2015, Jon confirmed that he was still in an early stage of songwriting process with around 12 songs written and that inspiration for writing those songs came out of reading newspapers. In April 2015 Jon signed a management deal with Irving Azoff, who will represent Bon Jovi in all areas.
On August 21, 2015 Bon Jovi released the album Burning Bridges; an album recorded specially for the fans and also to accompany the Bon Jovi Live! Asian concert tour. It includes songs that were never finished, songs that were finished but never released, and a couple of new songs. Jon said about the album: “It’s sort of a hint as to where we’re going musically”. With this album, the band also concluded their 32-year relationship with Mercury Records and its parent label Universal Music Group. The reasons for leaving the label are described in the last song on the album Burning Bridges. Jon said: “This hits it right in the head and tells you what happened. Listen to the lyrics because it explains exactly what happened. And that’s that.”
On May 25, 2016, Bon Jovi announced via social media and their website that the album was finished. Billboard reported that Bon Jovi had re-signed with Universal Music, with the album being released on Island Records. The title-track and its official music video were released on August 12, 2016. It was also announced that the album will be released on October 21, 2016. This album is also the first which features bassist Hugh McDonald and lead guitarist Phil X becoming official members, although producer John Shanks was responsible for creating and performing most of the rhythm guitar work in the album. On October 5, 2016 Jon Bon Jovi announced their 2017 live concert world tour, This House Is Not for Sale Tour on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On the same date it was announced that the release date has been pushed back from October 21 to November 4, 2016.
Through October, four intimate TIDAL X: Bon Jovi live listening parties at intimate venues presented the album front-to-back for fans in Red Bank NJ, London UK, Toronto ON, and New York City.
On September 30, 2015, in an interview for a star2.com, Jon confirmed that album is going to be called This House Is Not for Sale describing the album as a “really going back to the beginning”. Describing the album, he also said: “”This record is about our integrity. Integrity matters and we’re at a stage of our career where we don’t have anything left to prove. Some songs have a little more of the ‘chip on my shoulder’ sound which is OK for us to have right now.” Lyrics on the album talk about difficulties Jon came across over 2014-2015. Jon explained: “A lot happened. Richie’s sudden departure, my trying to buy the [Buffalo] Bills and now this with the label. I have a lot of material to write about. Believe me, the new record is good. It’s pointed. It is something we are going to be very proud of in the spring when we put it out.”
Including the singles music videos were released for every track of the standard album version. “Come On Up to Our House” was released on November 11, 2016, “Scars on This Guitar” on November 25, 2016, “The Devil’s in the Temple” on December 9, 2016, “Roller Coaster” on December 16, 2016, “New Year’s Day” on December 30, 2016, “God Bless This Mess” on January 13, 2017 and both “Living With the Ghost” and “Reunion” being released on January 27, 2017 with a documentary and “Spiritual Warfare (Combined both of “Living With the Ghost” and “Reunion” Music Videos)” focused at the Camden, New Jersey.
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