Blaze of Glory (Jon Bon Jovi song)

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"Blaze of Glory (Theme from Young Guns II)"
Single by Jon Bon Jovi
from the album Blaze of Glory
B-side "Blood Money"
Released 1990
Format CD Single
Recorded 1990
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:35
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s) Danny Kortchmar and Jon Bon Jovi
Certification Platinum
Jon Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Blaze of Glory (Theme from Young Guns II)"
(1990)
"Miracle"
(1990)
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"Blaze of Glory (Theme from Young Guns II)" is a song by Jon Bon Jovi which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream rock chart in 1990,[1] his only chart-topper away from his band Bon Jovi. The song also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.[2] "Blaze of Glory" also topped the ARIA music chart in Australia for a total of six weeks, and reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

History[edit]

The song was allegedly recorded by Jon Bon Jovi because Emilio Estevez requested Bon Jovi's song "Wanted Dead or Alive" for the soundtrack to Young Guns II, but Bon Jovi did not think the lyrics, about the band constantly touring, fit the theme of the Western movie. However, the request inspired him to write "Blaze of Glory" with lyrics more topical to the film.

The song remains a crowd favorite with Bon Jovi fans, despite the fact that the song was not released as one of the band's singles, and only by Jon. The track is notable for the performance of Jeff Beck on guitar.

Appearances[edit]

It first appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded. It later appeared as the title track on his solo album Blaze of Glory. Next, it appeared on Cross Road, Bon Jovi's greatest hits album. It appeared on Bon Jovi's live DVD Live From London and their 2010 Greatest Hits album.

The song was sung by Phil Stacey on American Idol in 2007 and by Caitlyn Shadbolt on The X Factor Australia in 2014.

In October 2005, "Blaze of Glory" was voted as "Best Song to Ride a Horse to in Slow Motion" by Blender Magazine.

The song is referenced in the 2008 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl, where Jason Biggs' character is told by a babysitter he has been "Shot down.... in a blaze of glory" after insulting the woman he was about to go out on a date with.

In 2009, the song became the theme song for Storm Chasers season 3.

The song, as performed by Jeffster, was featured in the third season finale of the NBC television series Chuck.

Blaze of Glory was covered by 2010 X Factor Australia winner Altiyan Childs for his self-titled debut album.

It was also featured in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "Mac & Charlie Die (Part One)", where Mac and Charlie play the song on the car radio right before staging their deaths.

The lyrics to the song were also featured in the horror game Silent Hill 2, on the back of a letter written by James Sunderland's dead wife Mary.

In a mission where the Protoss make the final stand in the widely popular video-game Starcraft 2, the player can unlock the 'Blaze of Glory' achievement if he manages to kill 2250 Zerg before the last Protoss unit falls.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 1

Year-end Charts[edit]

End of year chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 10

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Jon Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 73.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
Preceded by
"If Wishes Came True" by Sweet Sensation
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 8, 1990
Succeeded by
"Release Me" by Wilson Phillips
Preceded by
"Epic" by Faith No More
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
September 15, 1990 - October 27, 1990
Succeeded by
"Bust a Move" by Young MC