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LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET

May 24th, 2014

LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET, BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY SOUNDCHECK BOOKS
UK RELEASE DATE: MAY 27, 2014
PUBLISHED IN THE USA: JUNE 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9571442-8-6

LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET

LET IT ROCK – THE MAKING OF BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET

28 Million People Can’t Be Wrong.

1986’s Slippery When Wet not only put Bon Jovi at the top of the rock tree, it went on to become one of the biggest selling albums ever, spending eight straight weeks at the top of the Billboard chart and going 12 x Platinum in the States, as well as No.1 in the UK.

Although some people won’t admit to liking the album, most of us have a copy somewhere and classics such as ‘Living On A Prayer’ and ‘Let It Rock’ are guaranteed to get folks singing.

Top rock writer, Neil Daniels, looks at not only how and why the album was made, but what preceded Slippery When Wet; what went after; a song-by-song analysis; the Slippery When Wet tour (complete with tour dates) and more. He canvasses opinions from musicians who know the band, such as Dokken, Joe Lynn Turner and Jonathan Valen, plus top rock writers, such as Steve Rosen, Jason Ritchie and the Bailey Brothers, who all share their views.

Ex-Kerrang! writer Paul Suter provides a foreword, and ex-Gentle Giant frontman Derek Shulman, who signed the band to Polygram Records when he was senior vice-president of A&R there, writes the afterword. This is all topped off by some rare photos of the band at work and play.

Bon Jovi polarize opinion, but the band and album have an army of fans from mum’s and dad’s to followers of melodic rock and more, who will love this celebratory book.

Neil Daniels is the author of over a dozen books on rock and metal and has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites.

For information on how to buy this book go to www.neildanielsbooks.com

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SKID ROW – Scotti Hill

July 20th, 2007

SCOTTI HILL

Skid Row was one of the last hard rock bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early ’90s. The band’s self titled debut album was released in 1989 and it included such classic chart topping songs as songs as “18 and Life”, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild”. Skid Row then consisted of; vocalist Sebastian Bach, guitarists Scotti Hill and Dave “Snake” Sabo, bassist Rachel Bolan and drummer Rob Affuso – released their second album; SLAVE TO THE GRIND in 1991 and things were going even better then. They did their own headline tours across the world and album was selling even better than the first album, it went into number one in Billboard 200 list. But things started to change soon. There was a lot of bad blood between band members prior the release of third album SUBHUMAN RACE and as a result band broke up in late 1995. There was nothing happening in the world of Skid Row until the year 2000 when the band announced their plans to re-unite and go on tour as a support act for KISS. As a surprise for many, Sebastian Bach wasn’t in the line up anymore. The new incarnation of Skid Row included Texas native vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone (ex -Saigon Kick) among originals; Snake, Scotti and Rachel. That lineup released album THICKSKIN in 2003. Two years later Phil Varone was out and in 2006 band released their latest album REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE with new drummer Dave Gara on their ranks. Skid Row has gone through both good and difficult times but what’s most important, they’re here now and the show goes on. In June I met band guitarist Scotti Hill at the Swedenrock festival just prior bands show. Here are the results of our rather long discussion about the past and present of Skid Row, grunge, Rocklahoma, the state of hard rock in the U.S.A., among many other topics… read on!!!

Interview by Marko Syrjala

Transcription by Neil Batty

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Bon Jovi – Have a Nice Day

September 23rd, 2005

Bon Jovi ? HAVE A NICE DAY
Released: 2005, Island Records
Rating:  4/5

 

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