he would have liked it to be much harder

he would have liked it to be much harder
he would have liked it to be much harder
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Livin ‘on a Prayer is the second single of Bon Jovi excerpt from the album Slippery When Wet of 1986 and is also their second consecutive number one hit in America after that You Give Love a Bad Name. A deadly sequence of successes that launched the band of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to success after two albums.

The text of Livin on a Prayerin which Bon Jovi tells the story of Tommy And Gina a couple of boys from New Jersey who dream of changing their lives together, is the key to making the single enter the rock imaginary of the 80s, but to launch the piece in the chart is above all the sound, studied to perfection to be commercial and radio. Behind this turning point is the meeting with Desmond Childauthor of a hit like I Was Made For Lovin ‘You of the Kisswhich is introduced to Jon Bon Jovi just from Gene Simmons. In Livin ‘on a PrayerDesmond Child also talked about his own life: while trying to make his way into the world of music he was a taxi driver in New York while his girlfriend, singer Maria Vidal, worked as a waitress at the Once Upon a Stove restaurant where everyone called her “Gina ”For its resemblance to Gina Lollobrigida.

Jon Bon Jovi however at the beginning he wasn’t convinced of the song that would change his life, making him a world rock star: “Richie Sambora and I literally had to pray to him on our knees to have him record it”He said Desmond Child in an interview, “It’s a sentimental song, with a light and positive vibe, but at the time he was thinking of making a record with a much more hard rock sound. We told him: let’s record it and see what happens“. Richie Sambora introduces the use of the effect talk-boxchange the sound of the drums and the bass line as well as said Desmond Child: “As soon as they started playing it, the magic happened: the song came to life“. Livin ‘on a Prayer it has become an anthem of 80s rock and some difficult moments in American history, from 9/11 to the pandemic.

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I saw the videos of the Chicagoans singing it from the window during the lockdown and I was thrilled” he said Desmond ChildThe best thing is to see how different generations know that song. At the Bon Jovi concerts there are children on the shoulders of their fathers, and behind them the grandparents, and all together raise their fists to the sky and sing the refrain of Livin on a Prayer. It’s always the last song on their set, no one leaves until they play it. It’s a beautiful moment: the lights go on and people sing so loud that you can hardly hear the band on stage.

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