Recorded for the film Young Guns II, the title track from this Jon Bon Jovi solo collection was a number one hit in America and was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Kenny Aronoff says:
“John said, ‘do you want to do two songs for this movie?’ Then he kept phoning and it went to four songs, then the whole album. Then he says ‘there’s good news: Jeff Beck’s playing, and bad news: Jeff wants Terry Bozzio’. But Danny Kortchmar was co-producing and he says ‘Kenny, don’t worry, Beck won’t be there, he’ll overdub later’. The point is, you’ve got the gig, but suddenly things can change.
“With the title track we just started recording, came up with stuff on the spot. The drums are featured in the middle and I used my orchestral training. I overdubbed four snares to create a marching ensemble, speeding and slowing the tape to get low and high pitches.”
“I wrote it out on the spot, quadrupled it and did a track of rolls underneath. It’s like a real percussion score with a couple of big, wild fills – one I could barely transcribe, it’s so wacky.”