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Happy Friday Metalheads!  Today we’re gonna take a trip back to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Bon Jovi for the track “Runaway.”

“Runaway” was originally recorded in 1981 with Jon Bon Jovi and a group of studio musicians known as The All Star Review which included  Hugh McDonald – bass, Tim Pierce – guitar, Frankie LaRocka – drums and Roy Bittan – keyboards. The keyboard intro for the song was written by Mick Seeley, who eventually went on to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes.

In 1983, New York radio station WAPP (103.5 FM) held a contest to find the best unsigned band and the song, the first single off their debut album won. “Runaway” went all the way to #39 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1984.

“Runaway” is one of the few songs Bon Jovi still plays live today from their older material and it is one of the songs they are most proud of. Check out the video below that introduced Bon Jovi to the world.









L to R: David Bryan, Alec John Such, Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora

Pictures courtesy of Discogs and The Atlantic

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! To round out our power ballad series for this month, today we take a trip back to 1985 to the second album by Bon Jovi, called “7800 Fahrenheit” for the track “Only Lonely”.

7800 farenheit

The song did fairly well on the music charts, putting Bon Jovi on the map, however the band tends to credit their success to their next album, Slippery When Wet. Singer Jon Bon Jovi has stated in interviews that when they recorded this album, the members of the band were all going through a tough time on a personal level and never want to revisit that time of their lives again. The song however was used in the 1987 film “Light of Day” with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett.

Check out the video for “Only Lonely” below:


L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

L To R: Fred Coury, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia

Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the first album by Cinderella called “Night Songs” released on Mercury Records in the US and Vertigo Records in Europe.

Although Cinderella released “Shake Me” as their first single and video, the album didn’t really catch on until the release of “Nobody’s Fool”, which reached #13 on the Billboard Top 20 in 1986. Cinderella also secured an opening slot on Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet tour and the combination propelled the album to triple platinum status.

Cinderella released “Somebody Save Me” as their third single and video with guest stars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at the end of the video. The song however, only reached #66 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1987. The band lineup for Night Songs includes: Tom Keifer – vocals and guitar, Jeff LaBar – guitar, Eric Brittingham – bass and although drummer Fred Coury joined the band in 1985, the drum tracks on the album had already been completed by session drummer Jody Cortez. The band also released a video compilation called “Night Songs: The Videos which featured 3 live songs from their 1986 tour, as well as the videos for “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool” and “Somebody Save Me.”

While the band went on hiatus a few times and have played several reunion shows, they stopped playing once again in 2017. Singer Tom Keifer said in an interview that the band at this point has no plans to reunite due to internal differences. Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone!