Jon Bon Jovi was in South Africa this spring when he happened to see a video from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” featuring a man at a gas station singing “Livin’ on a Prayer,” very exuberantly, for a bit on the show. The clip became a You Tube hit, garnering more than 17 million views.
“Wasn’t that great?” the New Jersey rocker asks on the phone from Manchester, England. “Talk about viral.”
Over the course of his namesake band’s 30-year existence, the group has sold records in the 100s of millions, notched mammoth hits, and mounted record-breaking tours. Thanks to the band’s current “Because We Can” jaunt, which hits Gillette Stadium Saturday, Bon Jovi was just named the No. 1 worldwide touring act of 2013 by the concert industry publication Pollstar Magazine. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Interview has been edited and condensed. Sarah Rodman can be reached at srodman@globe. com.