"Bounce", Bon Jovi's eighth studio album, was released on October 8, 2002.
Let's tell 19 facts for 19 years since the album's release:
1. The title of the album was influenced by the events of September 11. It was the band's statement that America as a nation could "return" to the state it was before the disaster.
2. The album went straight into second place on the Billboard 200 chart, the band's highest place to date.
3. This time too the band wrote an unimaginable amount of 40 songs, of which only 12 entered the album.
4. While writing the material for the album Jon Bon Jovi was still committed to the Ally McBeal TV series in which he played, so he lived in Richie Sambora's home in Los Angeles where they wrote some of the songs.
5. Here too Desmond Child helped write 4 of the 12 songs on the album and also helped produce the album.
6. Other writers who participated in the writing process are musician and producer Billy Falcon and the Swedish producer and songwriter Andreas Carlsson, who wrote for many artists from pop to hard rock, from Britney Spears to "Def Leppard".
7. The opening song "Undivided" was directly influenced by the events of 9/11 and it simply says that humanity is stronger together than apart.
8. The second song "Everyday" was also affected by the events of 9/11. It talks about the need to make the most of life and live each day as if it were your last day on earth.
9. "The Distance" is written about couples who are forced to live far from each other. Richie said he thought of a soldier fighting on the front far from his partner. The strings in the song were produced by Desmond Child, he wanted the song to sound like it was a part of a movie soundtrack. As if the camera is accompanying the couple.
10. The song "Joey" was influenced by the song "Levon" by Elton John, from 1971. The character tells about his friendship with Joey.
11. "Misunderstood" was written by Jon Bon Jovi when he thought about his relationship with his family. He wrote about situations where the wrong things are said to your loved ones and then having to bear the results.
12. The ballad "All About Lovin' You" was also written under the influence of the events of 9/11. It talks about how after a terrible tragedy people suddenly rediscover love.
13. "Hook Me Up" was written under the influence of a newspaper article, about a Palestinian who is allegedly trying to connect with the outside world through an old radio transmitter.
14. The track "Right Side of Wrong" was influenced by the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". It talks about "criminals" who have a heart of gold.
15. "Love Me Back to Life", tells about the disappointment from all that going on in the world and the need for someone that will make us appreciate the world again.
16. "You Had Me from Hello" talks about a long-standing relationship, in which one can see something new and beautiful in his partner every day.
17. The theme song "Bounce" also refers as mentioned to the 9/11 event and the strength that people in America in general and New York in particular have. The song started with other lyrics from the sports field, but after the 9/11 events, the lyrics were rewritten.
18. "Open All Night" is actually Jovi's dialogue between the character of Bon Jovi and Ally McBeal in the series "Ally McBeal".
19. Five singles from the album were released in the following order: "Everyday", "Misunderstood", "All About Lovin' You", "Bounce" and "The Distance".