Minneapolis Star Tribune article
|Ten things you may not know about Bon Jovi
Here's what we learned from 60 minutes on the phone with guitarist Richie Sambora, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan:
• Their recent hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home" was first recorded with Keith Urban. "It sounded really great, but it wasn't good for a guy and a guy to sing that song," Sambora says. So the president of Mercury Records suggested rising country star Jennifer Nettles. That duet went to No. 1 on the country charts.
• "Livin' on a Prayer" almost didn't make it onto "Slippery When Wet." After Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi wrote the first verse and chorus, they were in a taxi in New York and Jon thought their record label would give it away to a movie soundtrack. Said Sambora at the time: "What, are you crazy?"
• Bon Jovi's current "Lost Highway" is not a country album. But it's "a Nashville-oriented kind of record," Sambora says. "Nashville is the Hollywood of music."
• Bon Jovi found out that Chris Daughtry was a fan. So they gave the "American Idol" finalist a "test drive" as opening act for two nights in New Jersey last year. "He went over really, really well," Sambora says. "We're kind of fast friends with him."
• Sambora went through alcohol rehab in 2007. He credits his mother, band and fans for "pulling me up and helping me out of all those situations."
• Bon Jovi is making a documentary film with director Barbara Kopple. She won an Oscar for "American Dream" about the strike at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn.
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