Storytellers Article from Asbury Park Press
|Every Rocker Tells a Story
After nearly two decades of rock 'n' roll, Jon Bon Jovi has many stories to tell -- about his six hit singles, seven records, five world tours and an Oscar nomination for best song.
But one of the most memorable is the story of Bon Jovi's performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in 1987, when he and guitarist Richie Sambora took to the stage to perform an acoustic version of their hard-rocking hit "Livin' on a Prayer."
"All I could think of was, 'How are we going to make Madonna and Bob Seger and David Lee Roth stand in their chairs and applaud?'" Bon Jovi, formerly of Sayreville and now of Middletown, said in an interview. "The guys were like, 'Don't. Sit down with two guitars and play the way you wrote the song.' So, I went out there barefoot with two acoustic guitars.... I thought it was a complete failure until I read the papers the next day."
MTV credits the performance for giving birth to "Unplugged," the music channel's critically acclaimed show featuring the world's top acts in acoustic settings with small audiences.
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