Taking Sides: Def Leppard vs. Bon Jovi

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How is this even a contest?

Lep sealed the victory with "Bringin' On The Heartbreak." Pyromania and Hysteria are just running up the score. They came to rock, not to be good sports.

Bon Jovi scores a couple of points thanks to slumming journeymen Sambora and Torres and one good song. Not in the same league.

I think Rick Allen is an extroidinary man... Considering what he overcame, and still manages to rock millions

I see what you did there.

What's more extraordinary is his 1995 guilty plea for spousal battery. Fookin' inspirational's what it is. Ta cripples everywhere. It really was the one-armed man!

rogermexico (rogermexico), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 22:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bon Jovi...Not in the same league.

rogermexico OTFM!

Edward Bax (EdBax), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've been a fan of both these bands for nearly 20 years. I certainly used to enjoy both pretty equally and probably had equal listening time of albums. One big difference was that with Def Leppard I started with Hysteria and accumulated their back catalogue over time and enjoyed it just as much. Bon Jovi didn't really have much to offer before SWW and it still would probably be what I consider their best album. I have all of Def Leppards cds, I don't have all of Bon Jovis. That alone says a bit. Both are good bands and both can still rock. Both I think went too much down the soft rock road for awhile and didn't put as much harder rock out. Having said that some of the more obsure songs that are around are great, some are only B-Sides (extra tracks) and they are better than some of the album tracks. That is certainly the case with Def Leppard. Not as sure with Bon Jovi.

As for current status, I saw an interview with Bon Jovi recently and they were saying how It's my life was their biggest ever hit. Not too surprising. It also came accross as Bon Jovi is almost a one man band. Def Leppard are definately more of a team effort and almost certainly better live. Def Leppards current covers album is arguably the most rocking album they have had in some time and hopefully the cd they bring out next year is similar. Not too many soft songs. One can only hope. I still listen to Bon Jovi but Lep have the goods overall. Even the commercial flop of Slang is an awesome cd which was never marketed. Then I spose it also came out at a bad time.

1st link has 2 live performances from the new cd from 23May06
2nd link has some part samples from the cd
http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/Toyota_Concert_Series/videos/
http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/Toyota_Concert_Series/bands/def_leppard.shtml#main

Hope some of you enjoy.

Dave Newman, Saturday, 27 May 2006 05:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

Slang is actually good? I have not heard a lick of it.

I pick Def Leppard, btw.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Saturday, 27 May 2006 05:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

I guess Bon Jovi have talent but I don't know any black people who enjoy them. I guess we are supposed to like them as some sort of "working man" pride, but frankly they are not good enough. Should I like something out of guilt because it's "blue-collar" and "white".

I mean Bon Jovi versus Def Leppard, who are BRILLIANT is idiocy. Believe it or not I grew up with people who prefer the former and who back it up with a serious attitude problem. I said, "where are your music lessons." Oh none, just being "blue collar" makes you right.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Debbie D. Talks About People Behind The (Mount Cleaners), Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

In making up really expansive '80s and '90s pop playlists in iTunes, I left out a ton of Bon Jovi/Jon Bon Jovi songs that I never want to hear again. I think the only Def Leppard song I omitted was "Two Steps Behind".

Come Into My Layer (Old Lunch), Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink


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