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Burning Bridges (Bon Jovi album)

Burning Bridges
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 40:22
Label Mercury
Bon Jovi chronology
What About Now
Burning Bridges
This House Is Not For Sale
Singles from Burning Bridges
  1. "We Don't Run"
    Released: July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)
  2. "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning"
    Released: July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]

Burning Bridges is the thirteenth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. The album was released worldwide on August 21, 2015 through Mercury Records.[2][3][4][5] It was produced by John Shanks, and it is the first studio album without former guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013[6] (but receives a co-writing credit on the single "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning").[7]) It is also the first record to feature his unofficial guitarist Phil X. Burning Bridges is the final album released through Mercury, marking the end of a 32-year-old relationship. According to Jon Bon Jovi, the album serves as a "fan record" to tie in with an accompanying international tour: "It’s songs that weren’t finished, that were finished, a couple of new ones like the one we released as a single "We Don't Run".[8]

Burning Bridges will be followed by This House Is Not For Sale, the band's fourteenth studio album that will be released on March, 2016.[9]


  • Background 1
    • Trivia 1.1
  • Singles 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Personnel 4
    • Additional Personnel 4.1
    • Production 4.2
  • Charts 5
  • Release history 6
  • References 7


Burning Bridges was conceived to fulfill Bon Jovi's commitment to Mercury Records, as the band and label could not agree on adjusted terms for the band's recording contract. "I've stayed at that label my entire life -- 32 years. I am the longest tenured artist on Mercury, or whatever they are called this week. But my deal was up, and that's that," said Jon Bon Jovi in an interview with Billboard.[10] The album's title track makes explicit reference to Bon Jovi's dissatisfaction with the label. According to Bon Jovi, "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."[11] Regarding the split, a representative for Mercury Records stated, "Jon is a rock 'n' roll icon, and we are so proud of his 30-year collaboration with Mercury, which brought extraordinary commercial and creative success. We wish Jon only the best."[10]


Burning Bridges is the first album without guitarist Richie Sambora who left the band in 2013. It is also the first album in 30 years to not feature a songwriting credit by Desmond Child, who has co-written at least one song on every Bon Jovi album since 1986's Slippery When Wet.


The album features twin lead singles, "We Don't Run" and "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning," both released on July 31, 2015.

"Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" had its premiere at the Austrian Radio Ö3 Hitradio on July 17, 2015. Originally written in The Circle sessions, it was finished for this album.

"We Don't Run" premiered at the Brazilian radio Radio Rock on July 20, 2015. It's a drum and bass driven rock song, with "meaty production and a shredding guitar solo".[12] The song was written exclusively for Burning Bridges.

Though not released as singles, the songs "Blind Love" and "A Teardrop to the Sea" were digitally released on August 7, 2015, followed by "I'm Your Man" on August 13, 2015.

Lyrics videos for all the songs have been released on Bon Jovi's YouTube account.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Teardrop to the Sea"   Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon 5:07
2. "We Don't Run"   Bon Jovi, John Shanks 3:17
3. "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning"   Bon Jovi, Shanks, Richie Sambora 3:23
4. "We All Fall Down"   Bon Jovi, Shanks 4:05
5. "Blind Love"   Bon Jovi 4:48
6. "Who Would You Die For"   Bon Jovi, Falcon 3:54
7. "Fingerprints"   Bon Jovi, Falcon 5:58
8. "Life Is Beautiful"   Bon Jovi, Falcon, Chris DeStefano 3:22
9. "I'm Your Man"   Bon Jovi, Shanks 3:44
10. "Burning Bridges"   Bon Jovi 2:44
Total length:


Adapted from album liner notes on[15]

Additional Personnel



Chart (2015) Peak
Argentinian Albums (CAPIF)[16] 5
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 17
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 4
Croatian Foreign Albums (HDU)[22] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[23] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 73
Greek Albums (IFPI)[27] 12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[29] 25
Irish Albums (IRMA)[30] 13
Italian Albums (FIMI)[31] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 19
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[33] 6
Korean Albums (Gaon)[34] 46
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[35] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[36] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 3
US Billboard 200[39] 13
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[40] 3

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide August 21, 2015 [41][42][43]


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  22. ^ "Top Stranih [Top Foreign]" (in Croatian). Top Foreign Albums. Hrvatska diskografska udruga. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  23. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select } on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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  30. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 35, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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  34. ^ "South Korea Gaon Album Chart". On the page, select "}" to obtain the corresponding chart. Gaon Chart Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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