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It's his life

It has been more than 15 years since Bon Jovi topped the charts with the records Slippery When Wet and New Jersey.

Jon Bon Jovi is still at the helm. Over the years, the singer has taken breaks from the group, releasing a solo album and taking on movie roles.

But, for the most part, he remains in the fold as frontman. In a quick conversation with a reporter in Milwaukee last month, Jon Bon Jovi touched on topics ranging from the band's new album to the Bon Jovi position on war with Iraq.

Question: You guys put out a new album last fall (Bounce). What's so special about this Bon Jovi album?

Answer: What's special about it? Why, nothing beyond it being the greatest record ever made and one everyone should buy at least two copies of. Beyond that? I don't know. It's our 12th record as a band, and it is very well-rounded. It was written during the time shortly after 9-11-01, and the songs were sort of inspired by the mood of the time, but it's not really another 9-11 tribute, so to speak.

Question: You've done some acting. Which actors and directors would you like to work with if you could have your pick?

Answer: Sean Penn, that would be great, whether as an actor or a director. I'd also like to work with John Cusack and George Clooney.

Question: What's it like performing at the Super Bowl?

Answer: At the end of the day, it's simply a gig that keeps the band and its name before a lot of pairs of eyes. How did it happen? I'm not really sure about the selection process for live music at the game. I guess the commissioner liked us.

The ultimate gift was learning that It's My Life was selected by the league to replace We Are the Champions as the Super Bowl theme song.

Question: What do you think of the music industry today?

Answer: Oh my, things certainly have changed. Trends come and go faster now, it's crazier now, but I still think there's a circular pattern that's predictable. Take, for instance, the wave of boy bands that finally seems to be fading. There were boy bands in the '80s, New Kids on the Block and others. Then they were gone until the recent wave. Personally, I prefer the bands that have managed to stay in there for the long haul, like Aerosmith. They give me hope. If Kurt Cobain was still around, he'd be right there at the top.

Question: War with Iraq: Should we or should we not? And with or without U.N. support?

Answer: No unilateral movement without hard, hard evidence _ for sure! I also don't want to see us get into this without lots of allies. I've traveled around the world a lot in the last few years, and I don't think we have that much support.

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