Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey.
Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 80s.
Over the past 25 years, the band has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, 34 million of those sales being in the U. alone, making them one of the most successful modern groups of all time.
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The third single from Bon Jovi's multi-platinum blockbuster Slippery When Wet, "Wanted Dead or Alive" was a change of pace from the preceding singles, both of which -- "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer" -- were chart-topping hard-rockers.
"Wanted Dead or Alive" was a minor-key ballad featuring the acoustic fingerpicking and slide guitar skills of Richie Sambora; it also firmly established New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi's fixation on cowboy and Western imagery, something that would fully flower on Blaze of Glory, his 1990 pseudo-soundtrack ("music from and inspired by") for the neo-Western film Young Guns II.
"Wanted Dead or Alive" was the album's only hit single on which Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi did not collaborate with Desmond Child; it was also the only single not to hit number one, although it did reach the Top Ten, thereby helping pave the way for the chart explosion of hair metal power ballads over the next few years.
The descending arpeggios that begin the song provide an immediately recognizable hook, after which Bon Jovi begins his romanticized comparison of life on the road in a touring rock & roll band to that of a lone outlaw roaming the prairies of the Old West, even going so far as to substitute the image of a "loaded six-string" for a six-shooter.
Never mind if some of the parallels seemed a little forced; it was an appealing fantasy set to a catchy rock ballad, and that made it a Top Ten hit during the summer of 1987.