Duff McKagan: “Did Bon Jovi Really Rock a Million Faces?”
Rock’n'roll legend Duff McKagan recently penned an article for Seattle Weekly discussing how likely music from the stage is to penetrate the entire audience at live shows. Here’s what he had to say:
“We spent part of our last tour opening for Alice Cooper in large venues throughout the U.K. Being on a tour like this will expose a band like ours to a larger mass of people than you would get headlining your own shows. But do you rock them all? No. Of course you don’t. Many of those people are there for the headliner, and begrudgingly stand cross-armed while you play. Sure, you win over some new fans–which is sort of the whole point of a tour like this–but do you rock them all? No.
“Back on the tour bus one night a question started to arise about Bon Jovi. In the song “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” the claim is made that “I’ve seen a million faces, and I’ve rocked them all“. All? Let’s ponder.
‘I have no doubt that Bon Jovi had played to a million people by the time “Dead or Alive” was released on Slippery When Wet in 1986. But did they rock them all? Couldn’t it be that some dudes brought their girlfriends to the show and weren’t neccesarily into the music of Bon Jovi? What about some parents? Or, maybe some people just didn’t get rocked? Hey, it’s happened to me. I’ve gone to gigs properly prepared to get rocked and it just didn’t happen for me.”