Defense Attorney-Jason Voorhees
New Jersey (1988)
Defense Attorney- Aaron Savage
Judges: Kevin Law and Johnny E
The stage is set as the people pack the courtroom.
On the docket are two seminal records in the Bon Jovi catalog. On the one side we have 'Slippery When Wet', the band's third studio album. On the other side sits 'New Jersey', their fourth record. Both counsel comes fully prepared to drop the gavel into the heart of their opponent.
And The Gavel Will Rock is a brand new podcast; featuring a courtroom debate of many elements in the heavy metal/hard rock universe. In this courtroom only the most badass survive. Masterpiece records, iconic bands, seminal lineups, and many other elements face the jury in this battle of the baddest. The judge, the jury and the gavel will rock!
The first ever episode of this brand new podcast just went down! And let me tell you it was an epic battle! Your hosts from Philly Rock Radio; Kevin Law and Johnny E sat in on the bench as guest judges.
Taking counsel in defense of 'New Jersey' was Aaron Savage; while yours truly took the helm in defense of 'Slippery When Wet.'
This was no easy trial as both albums came loaded with star power:
Each record was extremely successful in the mainstream industry; both having eclipsed 7x platinum, 'Slippery When Wet' having gone 12x platinum! Both albums produced two #1 hit singles. 'New Jersey' became the first glam metal record to produce 5 top ten singles and still is the only one to accomplish that feat to this day.
Some of Bon Jovi's best known songs find their home on 'Slippery When Wet'; including "Livin' on a Prayer", "Wanted Dead or Alive", and "You Give Love A Bad Name." In contrast, some of Bon Jovi's best hidden deep cut gems take place on 'New Jersey.' Tracks like "Wild is the Wind", "Stick to your Guns", and "99 In the Shade" display marked maturity in the band's arsenal.
As the trial took place, it became glowingly obvious that it would be difficult for the judges to render a verdict. Both of the records are great. Each album has many strengths and very little weaknesses. So which album takes the cake as the ultimate top dog of Bon Jovi's catalog?
You will just have to listen to the episode to find out! What I can tell you is that it was a fun spirited debate; one that we all truly enjoyed!! So grab a cold one; get your popcorn ready, kick back and join us in this epic courtroom battle! Everything is on the table and no one is holding back!