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BLAZE OF GLORY CATCHES FIRE

On Aug. 7, 1990, Jon Bon Jovi released his first solo album, featuring the smash song from Young Guns II

On Aug. 7, 1990, Jon Bon Jovi released his first solo album, featuring the smash song from Young Guns II

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THE SEQUEL TO THE HIT 1988 Brat Pack Western Young Guns made a decent showing at the box office. But these days, the film—which reteamed Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, and Lou Diamond Phillips—is best remembered for Jon Bon Jovi’s fringetastic theme song, ”Blaze of Glory.”

The rocker wrote the tune specifically for the movie after he borrowed the script from his pal Estevez. One day he turned up on the film’s Galisteo, N.M., set, acoustic guitar in hand. ”Emilio introduced him to me and said, ‘Jon has something he wants to show you,”’ recalls John Fusco, the screenwriter for both Young Guns movies (who had used Bon Jovi’s ”Wanted Dead or Alive” as ”mood music” while writing the first film). ”We went into Emilio’s trailer, and Bon Jovi took out his ax and a crumpled sheet of notebook paper and started playing ‘Blaze of Glory.’ I loved it.”

Jon Bon Jovi ended up recording an entire album of Young Guns II-inspired songs that came out a week after the film. ”Blaze” eventually hit No. 1, and the album—Jon’s first solo disc—went double platinum. But for Fusco, the track’s subsequent Oscar nod for Best Original Song was the most exciting accomplishment. ”I was just thrilled,” he says (”Blaze” lost to Madonna’s ”Sooner or Later,” from Dick Tracy). ”Young Guns and especially Young Guns II, a sequel—it’s hard to connect that with any kind of Academy Award. That Jon gave us [a nomination] was really special.”

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