Did Jon Bon Jovi Neglect His Music Career With His Band After The Release Of ‘Slippery When Wet’
Jon Bon Jovi has a lot on his plate since he is not only the lead singer and founder of his band named after him, but he is also a record producer, songwriter, philanthropist, and celebrated songwriter. The musician’s list of professions sounds exhausting, and some fans think it may be affecting his band’s career. Let’s dive into the details behind this argument and see if it’s true.
‘Slippery When Wet’ Was Bon Jovi’s Breakthrough Album
‘Slippery When Wet‘ is Bon Jovi’s third studio album, released on August 18, 1986. The record is significantly important for the band’s career as it features some of their best-known tracks, such as ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,‘ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’
Following its release, the record was an instant commercial success as it spent two months at No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was the best-selling album of 1987. Today, ‘Slippery When Wet’ is the band’s top-selling album and one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the United States. Although this album contributed significantly to the band’s success, it also affected Jon Bon Jovi negatively.
Jon Bon Jovi Struggled Living Up To The Expectations
During an interview with Classic Rock back in 2016, Jon Bon Jovi recalled when his band came up with new material for the follow-up album, ‘New Jersey,’ while touring for their legendary record, ‘Slippery When Wet.’ The band’s fourth studio album was released on September 19, 1988, and had a huge success commercially. However, the charming lead singer had his doubts about the album before its release.
The band started touring following the success of ‘Slippery When Wet’ and was on the road for two years until January 1988. While touring, Jon Bon Jovi was determined to prove to his fans how the success of their 1986 album wasn’t a coincidence. Therefore, he and his band started writing songs and record demos for the upcoming album, later known as ‘New Jersey.’
During the interview, Jon Bon Jovi said:
“The turnaround was incredible. We went home, wrote it, recorded it. There wasn’t time to piss. We were determined to make that album work, too. I was determined that people wouldn’t be able to say that ‘Slippery When Wet’ was a fluke. We wrote and wrote until we had it.”
Following the tour’s conclusion, Bon Jovi members started working on the album, and the lead singer admitted how he panicked when he realized the record didn’t have an incredible song. All members were feeling the pressure and were physically exhausted from touring for months. Jon Bon Jovi had to shake his bandmates up to do a better job since their reputation was on the line.
Jon Bon Jovi’s statement follows:
“We demoed the first batch of songs, 17 in all… We really started to feel the pressure because we didn’t have the amazing song. I panicked, to be honest. I really wanted to do it again. Not for monetary reasons, but it was such an amazing feeling to have done what we’d done… I’m walking around the house yelling: ‘I gotta pay for this place, we’ve got to write some fucking hot songs!’”
Fortunately, ‘New Jersey’ reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart on its second week of release after debuting at No. 8 and remained at the top for four weeks in a row. Furthermore, the record featured five Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits, including ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You,’ both of which reached No. 1. However, the follow-up records couldn’t follow this success, and we’ll take a closer look into the reason behind the deterioration of Bon Jovi’s popularity.
Jon Bon Jovi Focused On Other Personal Projects
Based on his ambition to prove that his band’s musical success was consistent, Jon Bon Jovi managed to release a successful album following his band’s breakthrough. However, it’s fair to say that the other follow-ups weren’t nearly as successful as these albums. Thus, the rocker started to neglect his band for other projects as time went on.
In addition to his music career, the handsome singer embarked on new projects as an actor by appearing on numerous movies and TV shows such as ‘Pay It Forward,’ ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘New Year’s Eve,’ and many more. Over the years, the rocker was credited in fourteen films and four TV shows.
On top of being an actor and a musician, Bon Jovi’s frontman also became the founder and primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League in 2004. He also appeared in several television commercials for the league, using his acting skills. In 2011, Bon Jovi expressed his interest in purchasing 15% of the Atlanta Falcons for $150 million. Furthermore, he made it to the final round of bidding for the Buffalo Bills in 2014.
In the middle of all of these time-consuming additional projects, some fans think his music seized to be his priority as it has been a while since Jon Bon Jovi released a successful album. While these may have nothing to do with the band’s success, they definitely can be taken into consideration as it looks like Bon Jovi doesn’t have the same motivation he did when ‘Slippery When Wet’ conquered the world.