On my Summer vacation back in June, I found over 20 singles with the picture sleeve. I’ve been through a bunch of them so far and now we are tackling the Bon Jovi singles that I found. There were 5 Singles found and we kicked it off with the following:
Now it is time for another ‘New Jersey’ single with “Born to be My Baby”. This was the second single off the album and did pretty dang great going all the way to #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and it was one of 5 Top 10 Singles off this album…crazy!!! It was another track written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and of course, Desmond Child. There is no denying his impact with the band.
As you can see from above that the B-Side is “Love For Sale” also from the same album. However, that is WRONG!!! Ok, not really, that is truly the B-Side, but my copy is not normal. It is actually a promo that was sent out using the regular single cover. So, my copy has “Born to Be My Baby” on both sides. It even says on the single label, “Promotional Copy – Not For Sale” which I think is cool. Like some older promos that I have which has one side Stereo and one side Mono, this one is all Stereo and the same song on each side, no differences.
On my Summer vacation back in June, I found over 20 singles with the picture sleeve. I’ve been through a bunch of them so far and now we are tackling the Bon Jovi singles that I found. There were 5 Singles found and we kicked it off with one of Bon Jovi’s most popular and famous songs, “Wanted Dead or Alive” off the band’s 1986 album ‘Slippery When Wet’. That was the only one of ‘Slippery When Wet’ as the rest are off their stellar album, ‘New Jersey’. Next up is the first single off the album which was ‘Bad Medicine’. The song was released on September 3, 1988 and went all the way to #1 and was the band’s third #1 single and I don’t think it was their last.
The version I have on 45 is the standard U.S. release with the B-Side as “99 in the Shade”. The only really good thing about it is that the song “Bad Medicine” is actually the single edit which cuts off more than a minute off the album version which sits around 5:16 vs 3:52 for the single.
On my Summer vacation back in June, I found over 20 singles with the picture sleeve. I’ve been through a bunch of them so far and now we are tackling the Bon Jovi singles that I found. There were 5 Singles found and we are going to kick it off with one of Bon Jovi’s most popular and famous songs, “Wanted Dead or Alive” off the band’s 1986 album ‘Slippery When Wet’. The song was the third single from this album and the third to crack the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #7. The band was on a roll and growing to become one of the world’s biggest rock bands thanks in large part to this song.
My copy is the basic U.S. Version and is an Indianapolis Pressing. Nothing fancy about it. The B-Side is the album version of “I’d Die For You”. The A-Side is also the basic version of “Wanted Dead or Alive”, no single edit or anything like that just the same long version as the album. The short version cuts off about a minute of the song.
I love when I’m out digging and I find something I’ve never seen before and that happened yet again with this Bon Jovi release. It is a UK only release called ‘Red Hot and 2 Parts Live’ and is a 12″ Single. Okay, I’m not being honest when I say I haven’t seen it because my bud Mike Ladano wrote about it a few years ago, so I have seen pictures of it, but I have never seen it in the wild and now I have a copy. The reason for this special edition of the single is probably because this was actually the first Bon Jovi single released in the UK.
What we have here is a thing of beauty. It is a three song EP on stunning translucent red vinyl. It has two live tracks both recorded in Japan in 1985 and one remix of the song “Hardest Part is the Night” from7800° Fahrenheit.
I have to say the sound quality is off-the-charts as it is loud. I had previously listened to an album prior to this release and when the E.P. played, it was so much louder I had to turn the volume down a little as it was too loud. I guess I shouldn’t admit that as it goes against the name of the site. Another thing is the beauty of the vinyl. I mean just look at it…
Welcome to the next Tour Book in the Bon Jovi Tour Book collection…and I only own two so a small collection at the moment. I didn’t start out collecting Tour Books for Bon Jovi, nope. I was only going to collect the Kiss Tour Books. However, life has a funny way of changing things. While out walking around an antique mall, I found my first Tour Book from the New Jersey Tour. It was cheap, so I bought it. This next one, I was out for Record Store Day on August 29, 2020 and after picking out my RSD vinyl and while I was waiting to check out, I saw another Tour Book for Bon Jovi. The price was right and so there you have it. I now have two and now seem to have started a Bon Jovi collection as well.
This Bon Jovi Tour Book is from the Bon Jovi Live Tour in 2011 in support of their sixth greatest hits compilation which is probably 4 too many as how many do you really need. The tour went from February 9, 2011 until July 31, 2011 and was around 59 shows between North America and Europe. It was huge success as most of their tours are and it was interesting one in that Richie Sambora would miss part of it due to having to go to rehab for “exhaustion” and alcoholism. His replacement for part of the tour was Phil X who would end up replacing him in the long run a couple years later.
The band at the time was still the main four guys (Hugh McDonald was still not a full-time member).
Back in the late 80’s, Bon Jovi was huge and on one of the longest tours in their history in support of their multi-platinum selling album ‘New Jersey’. The tour went to Europe, Asia, North America, Europe again, North America again, Australia and even South America. It hit everywhere and lasted for over 2 years and over 200+ shows. Sadly, I don’t think I actually saw that tour and I am not sure how I would’ve missed that tour either. Maybe I did and I had so much I fun I can’t remember and I lost my ticket stub (I normally keep all my ticket stubs).
Anyway, the tour set list was usually something like this…
Lay Your Hands On Me
I’d Die For You
Wild in the Streets
You Give Love a Bad Name
Born to be My Baby
Let It Rock
I’ll Be There For You
Blood on Blood
Livin’ on a Prayer
Never Say Goodbye
Ride Cowboy Ride
Wanted Dead or Alive
I do, however, have the Tour Book. I found at an an Antique Mall here in Charlotte called Sleepy Poet. It was cheap at only $7 and in great condition, so I grabbed it. Now you get the pleasure of enjoying it page by page.
For My Sunday Song #195, we are diving in to the fantastic song “Something to Believe” off the band’s 1995 underrated album ‘These Days’. This song was never a single and probably one of the best deep cuts they have on any record. It really spoke to me and to this day, it means a lot.
The song has been considered anti-religious with lines like “I lost all faith in my God, in his religion too”, but the song is really about fighting back and finding that one thing to hold on to and reach for and to believe in. I know for me, I have struggled a lot in this world. There were times I had lost my faith and I still struggle with my belief in religion. Not with God or Jesus, but organized religion. I see the damage it has caused through the centuries, the charlatans out there wanting your money and our the first ones to sin. The holier-than-thou Church goers that think cast the first stone and our cheating on their spouses. The churches that hide the child molesting priest. I could go on and on and talk about the hypocrisy of it all. But I won’t. You get where I am coming from.
So how do you find that one thing to believe in? I don’t know, but dig deep and it just happens. I believe in my wife and kids. My brothers and sisters and those that have always been there. I believe in Jesus and God…BUT…in my own way. As Jon states, “in a world that gives you nothing, we need something to believe in”. And with what has going on in the world these last couple months, I think this song holds even more meaning. Hang in there! We will get through it and come out the other side even better as we always do.
For My Sunday Song #192, we are going to discuss the very last great Bon Jovi song to ever be written. The song is “We Don’t Run” and it is lead single from their 2015 album ‘Burning Bridges’. The album is a big F U to the band’s record label Mercury. This was a total contract fulfillment album as the band lumped together some unfinished songs and wrote this particular one for the album. It isn’t a terrible album, but far from their best.
The song is another in a long line of rock anthems that are meant to be uplifting and empowering which all started with song “It’s My Life” back in 2000. The song does make you feel inspired as it is telling you to stand up for you believe in and do what you need to do to make it happen. The song was written with John Shanks who also produced the album with Jon Bon and it also is where the album title comes. Interesting note, this is the first album not to feature Richie Sambora…and with the exception of this song, it shows.
Musically the song is heavy on the bass and the drum which drives the beat home and is the force behind the song thanks to Hugh McDonald on bass and Tico Torres on drums. The guitar solo on this song is amazing and is handled by John Shanks who earned his chops playing with Melissa Etheridge. Jon sings the lines in the same force as the drum beat, very powerful and perfect timing on the delivery. The combo of the drum beat and his vocals, you get worked up and ready to fight for what you want. On an album that was lacking a lot, this left you feeling good.