The Song Jon Bon Jovi Prevented Aerosmith From Obtaining
Jon Bon Jovi has built an impeccable reputation as the founder and frontman of Bon Jovi. He has been praised for his vocal talent and songwriting abilities, which contributed to the creation of many successful songs throughout the band’s career. Their first single, ‘Runaway,’ opened the door for Bon Jovi to break ground with their first two records.
On the other hand, Aerosmith also has a significant place in the rock and roll scene. Even though their journey was challenging in some ways, they still managed to get through rough patches and make a name for themselves. Their dedication made them one of the biggest arena rock bands of the 1970s, and they are still applauded for their complex rock sounds and catchy riffs.
Although they have significantly different styles from each other, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith’s passed crossed several years ago. The two bands were keen on getting the same song for their upcoming albums, but Bon Jovi came out victorious.
Which Song Did Bon Jovi Not Let Aerosmith Have?
Bon Jovi’s first two records helped the band gain some recognition. However, their third album ‘Slippery When Wet’ determined the course of the following years and made their name known worldwide. The album went on to spend eight weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and Billboard named it the top-selling album of 1987. As if this wasn’t enough, they received 12× Platinum by the RIAA.
However, one of the songs featured in the album almost became an Aerosmith song. At some point, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith crossed paths as they both asked for a specific song for their album. While it was a good fit in both cases, Jon Bon Jovi stated that he believed it suited them more.
However, Aerosmith was keen on getting the song ‘Love Is A Social Disease’ and cut it for their album. Jovi managed to keep the song and prevented Aerosmith from acquiring it. Eventually, the track was featured in Bon Jovi’s third album, and the songwriting is credited to Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi’s words about the song during an interview with Loudersound in 2006:
“There’s a song called ‘Love Is A Social Disease’ that Aerosmith was keen to get hold of. It would be ideal for them, but they’re not having it. Because it’s even better for us!”
You can listen to ‘Slippery When Wet’ below.