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“Livin’ on a Prayer” is Bon Jovi’s second single from their Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The single also became Bon Jovi’s second consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit and has become the band’s signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release.
The album version of the song fades out at the end, with a song length of 4:10. However, the version playable on the music video games Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2 retains the original studio ending of the song, where the band revisit the intro riff and end with a talkbox solo. This version of the song ends at 4:53.
The song is also featured in the 2001 movie Rock Star. The song was sung by Sri & David to a sold out house at Mint in San Francisco on 8/20/2011.
Bon Jovi Bassist Alec John Such was born November 14, 1956. He left the band in 1994, and has not been officially replaced. As well as playing bass guitar, Such sang backing vocals and occasionally took the lead for part of ‘Blood on Blood’ at live shows. He is of Hungarian descent (his surname is Szűcs in Hungarian).
Hugh McDonald took over Such’s position as bassist, having already played on Slippery When Wet and all subsequent albums that followed. He also played bass on “Runaway” on Bon Jovi’s debut. However, he is not an “official” member of the band, since the members agreed not to officially replace Alec and therefore does not appear on album artwork or publicity shots.
After leaving Bon Jovi, Such has managed a couple of local New Jersey bands, and also owns a motorcycle shop in New York City. Alec managed the Chicago-based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with James Young of the band Styx.
Alec cameoed with Bon Jovi live on stage in 2001 during “Wanted Dead Or Alive” at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Alec Opens the main Groove with a Classic must know Bass Groove.