John Shanks Interview – Bon Jovi, 86 #1 Albums, over 60 Million records sold – Everyone Loves Guitar #286

John is a 6 time Grammy nominated songwriter, a Grammy winning producer, and guitar player. He’s produced and/or written 43 #1 singles, 86 #1 albums and sold over 60 million records. He’s worked with Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morrisette, Joe Cocker, Keith Urban, Santana, Take That, Steven Tyler, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Robertson, Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, Bon Jovi – as a writer, producer, and now he’s also touring with the band – and literally hundreds of other artists

John gets W-A-A-Y deep during this conversation and peels back the curtain behind all the “glamour” and talks about the challenges of doing what he does… moving to LA and not knowing a soul… seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers at their very first performance gig… passion, curiosity, drive… the 3 critical components every song has to have before it can ever become a hit… dealing with depression and being hard on yourself… compassion and forgiveness… retail therapy… great lesson his dad taught him… the danger of taking your foot off the gas… and how he’s dealt with some personal challenges and accomplishments. VERY candid interview from someone who rarely gives interviews – this is a MUST listen:





Craig Garber

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