Bon Jovi is one of the most popular bands in rock history, blending technical musicianship and songwriting skills and hot vocals and sex appeal.“Wanted Dead or Alive” is a hit from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. The smash hit was written by Jon Bon Jovi and lead guitarist Richie Sambora. Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd at a 2008 Detroit performance that the inspiration for the rock anthem was Bon Seger’s own hit track“Turn the Page.”“Wanted Dead or Alive” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album Slippery When Wet was a megahit, earning three Top Ten hits on the Billboard charts.
Bon Jovi himself admired heroes from America’s old West. He and Sambora wrote the lyrics in one day and say the song is inspired by their own experiences as a rock band on tour.“Six strings on my back” are for the guitar and“steel horse I ride” is the tour bus, a song truly about the lonely life of a travelling rock star.
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Text:“Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive”
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Text:“I’m a cowboy on a steel horse I ride. I’m wanted dead or alive”
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