Richie Sambora On The Similarities Of Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ And ‘It’s My Life’


Former Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora opened up about their classic song ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ during his interview at Silver Clef Awards. The musician highlighted the reason behind its popularity and mentioned how ‘It’s My Life’ became an iconic rock song like ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’

Bon Jovi released their third album entitled ‘Slippery When Wet’ on August 18, 1986, and it became one of the band’s most popular and commercially successful albums. The band members’ performances received very positive reviews from rock music lovers and critics. The record hit the charts worldwide, and its tracks, ‘You Give Love a Bad Name,’ ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ gained recognition.

In addition, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ which Sambora, Jovi, and Desmond Child wrote together, became a universal symbol of love and support when people went through challenging times because of economic and other personal reasons. Most people sang the track together, which connected them despite the distances. According to its co-writer, Sambora, this was the secret behind the success of ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’

The guitarist highlighted that everyone has similar problems and more in common than they think, something he realized by traveling to different places in the world. Sambora added that another Bon Jovi song, ‘It’s My Life,’ has the same motivation for success. Hence, it was even more successful than that song and streamed for billions of hours on various platforms. The iconic work was about doing whatever they wanted and achieving their dreams without permission.

When asked why ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is universal, Sambora responded:

“Because we have all been through that exact situation. My uncle got laid off from the docks, and I changed his name. It was a story about everybody, and I think that’s the secret. I think that in the human condition, we have more in common than not, especially when you travel the world, you witness that.

When people grab on to a song like that or a song like ‘It’s My Life,’ which surpassed that streaming hour, it’s over billions of streams. It’s like, something came out, and sitting around your bedroom, thinking about an idea, proclaiming that this is my life. It is what I hope to do, and I think everybody has been in that position too. It’s like making a decision on who you are or who you want to be, dream of being. I have been lucky enough to have some dreams come true.”

You can check out the interview and songs below.