Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Bon Jovi: 25 Years Since The Release of "Slippery When Wet"
"Slippery When Wet" is the third album by Bon Jovi, released in 1986. "Slippery When Wet" was an instant commercial success. The album features songs that are today considered as Bon Jovi's most well-known tracks such as "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin´ On a Prayer and "Wanted Dead Or Alive".
The album spent eight weeks at #1 on Billboard! "Slippery When Wet" is Bon Jovi's best-selling album to date, with over 12 million copies sold in the United States and over 28 million copies worldwide and received diamond certification from the RIAC.
Bon Jovi decided to name the album "Slippery When Wet" after visiting strip clubs in Vancouver. An alternate cover (left) was made, but rejected by the record company.
Despite the moderate success of "7800* Fahrenheit", Bon Jovi weren't becoming the superstars they had hoped, and they changed their approach for their next album. Hiring professional songwriter Desmond Child as a collaborator, the group wrote 30 songs and auditioned them for local New Jersey and New York teenagers, basing the album's running order on their opinions. Bruce Fairbairn was chosen as the main producer of the album, with Bob Rock as the mixer. Sounds like a great team for a record!
Jon Bon Jovi was initially reluctant to include "Livin' on a Prayer" on the album, believing that it was not a good enough song. Richie Sambora was convinced it was a hit single in the making, and so the band re-recorded it, releasing the second version on the final album. Ironically, it became one of the band's most popular and well-known songs.
Below you can watch a HQ 90 minute concert with Bon Jovi performing all their hits!