Bon Jovi Return to Rock With "The Circle" On November 10th

August 19, 2009 12:11 PM ET

Bon Jovi told Rolling Stone that they'll be going "back to rock & roll" on their next album, and today we learned when their return to their roots will go down: Bon Jovi announced today that their next album The Circle will be released on November 10th. First single "We Weren't Born To Follow" debuted on radio yesterday, featuring an anthemic chorus of "We weren't born to follow, come on and get up off your knees, when life is a bitter pill to swallow, you got to hold on to what you believe." Have a listen at the Island Def Jam site.

The Circle follows the band's platinum-selling, country-tinged LP Lost Highway. "I think what happened is the fact that we made the kind of Nashville-influenced record, and it created this vacuum now for a big rock record from us. There's a continued evolution," guitarist Richie Sambora told Rolling Stone. "[The Circle] doesn't sound like any other previous record. Everybody that we've been playing it for has been real turned on by it, and we're certainly happy with how it turned out."

The Circle find Bon Jovi reteaming with producer John Shanks, who also worked with the band on 2005's Have A Nice Day and 2007's Lost Highway. Sambora also told RS that Bon Jovi would set out on tour to promote the album sometime in the Spring of 2010, promising that the ensuing trek is "going to be a big one."

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