When Vintage Inventory and Purchasing Manager Daniel says yee, you say haw. The CME House Band falls right in line this Full Band Friday with a whipping cover of Bon Jovi's 1986 outlaw anthem, "Wanted Dead or Alive." A tip of the hat to the masked stranger for that barn-burning solo, whoever he is.
The song's title pays homage to Jon's admiration for Old West heroes, and how he identifies with them as being hated and loved at the same time ("wanted dead or alive", so to speak). During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Jon said he got the inspiration for the song early one morning when he could not sleep while riding in a tour bus. The "lifestyle of every rock band" was similar to that of outlaws in that each was, "a young band of thieves, riding into town, stealing the money, the girls, and the booze before the sun came up."
Jon Bon Jovi said during a concert in Detroit, Michigan, on February 20, 2008, that the song "absolutely positively was influenced by [Bob] Seger's 'Turn the Page.'" Bon Jovi performed "Turn the Page" during a concert in Toronto, Ontario on July 21, 2010. Afterward, Jon told the audience he remembered listening to this song in 1985 while traveling on a tour bus in the midwest and telling Richie Sambora, "We got to write a song like this." The following year the duo composed "Wanted Dead or Alive".
Featuring Nathaniel Murphy (Zeppelinbarnatra), Phil Hunger, Mike Larsen and Zach Moore.