Songwriting is a musical feat shrouded by magic. Composers and producers come together to bring an idea to life. These zealous conceptions, written by the masters of the craft, can bring listeners to tears with an arpeggio, gasp when the beat drops, or grin like a buffoon when the crescendo hits its peak. There is nothing closer to Valhalla than a song that has been worked on – and perfected - for a lifetime.
It’s about time we debunked that idea, don’t ya think?
We now present to you, this history of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive”.
- Bon Jovi was an established rock n’ rolla. He was famous. He had women all over the world in the palm of his hand…
- Soon, Bon Jovi realized he could be more than just a man… he could be an icon. Like those of the old West, he wanted his name to be alongside Pistol Pete, Wild Bill, Black Bart, and John Wayne.
- So Bon Jovi did some research on Google. He typed in “Cowboy” and found out everything he needed to know about the Wild West.
- Shortly after, Bon Jovi marched his band out to the middle of the desert. Once the sun set, he forced Richie Sambora to write “Wanted Dead Or Alive” at gunpoint, or else he would “feed ‘im to the doggies.” As the deep reds and purples of the wind coasted against their silhouettes, the twang of a single guitar rang out in the desert night. As it is said, the wind carried the melody back into the city.
The rest, as we claim, is history.