Bon Jovi to Take a Break After World Tour

Plus, Richie Sambora says band is working on new material

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Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres says that the band will take a well-earned break when they finish their long-running Circle tour at the end of the summer. The tour is the highest-grossing of their career, and was also the top-earning concert draw of 2010, pulling in more than $146.5 million worldwide.

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In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Torres said that part of the band's incentive to take time off comes down to needing to give audiences some time away from the group. "Sometimes you need to get away so people can appreciate you better," he said.

The drummer was not clear on the band's exact plans but offered "the best thing I can tell you is we're gonna need a couple years off for sure."

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Guitarist Richie Sambora, who was also on the conference call, was less eager to commit to a long break. "We do need a little bit of a break, but not that much of a break," he explained.

Sambora was particularly excited about the prospect of writing new material, saying, "We're gonna keep on going and writing new, great songs, go in the studio and make great records, evolve more and get back into stadiums and give people a great, great show."

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Bon Jovi's plans for the future may be largely dictated by the whims of their frontman. Jon Bon Jovi will return to acting with a role in Garry Marshall's upcoming movie New Year's Eve and has recently stated a desire to record a new solo album. The singer is set to perform an intimate benefit concert — billed as Jon Bon Jovi and Friends — tonight at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Bon Jovi Needs 'A Break' When Tour Wraps, Says Drummer [Billboard]

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