One of the first rock bands I ever became a fan of was Bon Jovi. As a kid of the 80’s, I played their cassettes over and over and over again, quickly memorizing the lyrics to songs like Living On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name, Born to Be My Baby, Bad Medicine, and Bed of Roses.
Bon Jovi would grow into the 90’s and I would become a bigger fan of them still. But the music scene was beginning to shift into heavy forms of rap and grunge rock. By the end of that decade, Bon Jovi had become an also ran, playing second fiddle to the current bands of the time that had figured out the recipe for appealing to the new crowds.
When Bon Jovi returned in the early 2000’s, they adopted a new ideology of who they were and what their purpose was. Still banging out the old hits, they added a few new ones. But Jon, the lead singer, especially, had begun to talk – voicing his opinion of world affairs and becoming quite political. And their music began to reflect this change. They were growing older and their original fan base was growing older, too.