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 (seventeen years ago) link

Bon Jovi...Not in the same league.

rogermexico OTFM!

Edward Bax (EdBax), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:59 (seventeen years ago) link

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

Hope some of you enjoy.

Dave Newman, Saturday, 27 May 2006 05:23 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

six 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.

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 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

vote Leppard. the only diff between Bon Jovi and a fart is that a fart doesn't make me leave the room.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 02:59 (five years ago) link

Both crap

brimstead, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 07:15 (five years ago) link

bon jovi only sell records for the jon bon jovi´s face, and you can´t said sold albums and quality in the same meaning, hysteria or pyromania are album that make history, so what,stanley kubrick the best director of movies in all the history dont need an award for show that he is the best, so what.
or can richi sambora play a solo like (die hard the hunter or stagefright) of def leppard? (ja ja ), or can bon jovi have a sound of guitar so excellent and melodic like def leppard ?(never), def leppard had the twin guitars or the terror twins, have a legend on the drums, can bon jovi make a tour like the hysteria massive tour (in the round)?, so what,they have an own movie, a lot of books (dude nobody can´t denied that def leppard rocked the whole world), and bon who, what they have done? if bon jovi appears on mtv(it´s most better vh1), mtv is for the fashion people, mtv is no more a music channel,
can bon jovi put out seven important hits in one albun (even thriller of michael jackson)?
as a def leppard fan, i must tell you that we are most stronger and happy than always, and believe that i know a lot of music, a have listened since britney spears to slayer or sepultura, since ub40 to cradle of filth or dimmu borgir, since andrea bocelli to therion or apocaliptica, so what.
so if any person ask me about who is better, i said with reason and proud def leppard kick jon bon jovi´s ass


calstars, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 10:22 (five years ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:40 (five years ago) link

Def Leppard never did a DirecTV commercial

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 14:42 (five years ago) link

Gotta go with the Jovi on this one. I fucking LOVE "Wanted Dead or Alive."
― Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:03 PM (eleven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:09 (five years ago) link

A musician has a plenty of time to ponder things--both big and small--when they're on the road. You have to hope for a good sense of shared humor when traveling and living together in cramped confines, something I call the tour bubble. If you can't make light of some of the asanine situations you meet on the road, you are gonna be toast.

Case in point:

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.

I carried this conversation forward to one of Seattle's illustrious and beloved indie-rock frontmen. He said his band had actually had this very same Bon Jovi discussion. This Seattle indie band has even wondered if they had maybe played to "a million faces." There was one thing they were sure about: they hadn't rocked them all.

But how could they even be sure? They had played a bunch of festivals, and you KNOW that not everyone there was attending to come see their band. They had probably converted some of these people into new fans, but rocking them all would be a huge overstatement. They even doubted that Bon Jovi had played to a million people by the time "Dead or Alive" was written.

And what about me? I mean, in my whole career, I have certainly played to a ton of faces (I'll let you do the math), but, HELL, I was hammered for a couple of those years, and probably wasn't concentrating on faces at all. Besides, how can you see all of the faces that you play to, hammered or not?! Lights are in your eyes! It's dark! You have shades on!

When you headline a smaller venue, with say 850 people, you can actually see all of the faces. But even if all of those people are there to see your band, and have spent their hard-earned money to come and spend the evening with you, isn't it possible a few of those people were disappointed? I guess "I've seen 48,000 faces, and I rocked close to 41,000 of them" (a good damn percentage, by the way), is not so poetic.

Yep. These are the kinds of magnetic conversations bands have on the road. The rest of you may think we're nuts. It is a tough thing for a wife or manager to suddenly come out on the road for a visit and see five grown men having a faux-intellectual conversation about something like this.

I bet it even happens to the fellas in Bon Jovi!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:18 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've always enjoyed comparing the 2 bands, but the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame news for Bon Jovi kinda bugged me. So I put together a detailed "face-off" between the 2 bands to see which one is REALLY more "worthy."

I think you'll find this article interesting. Whether you agree or disagree, feel free to share it!

"Bon Jovi, but not Def Leppard? For Shame Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!"

Nostalgic Logic, Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:02 (five years ago) link

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