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We Weren't Born to Follow - Bon Jovi's Hell's Kitchen rooftop video

Up on the roof of Clinton Recording Studios back in 2009, Bon Jovi recorded the video for their Number 1 single We Weren't Born to Follow.

It was the first single released from Bon Jovi's album, The Circle. It premiered on radio on August 17, 2009. Jon Bon Jovi told the Daily Mail that the song is "about working people picking themselves up by their bootstraps in hard times."


The video has a background of Hell's Kitchen and midtown Manhattan - and features clips of

Bringing down the Berlin Wall in 1989 Lance Armstrong winning the Tour de France The Dalai Lama A collection of the Wright brothers plane, a space shuttle and Spaceship One of Virgin Galactic Virgin Records owner Richard Branson The Great Wall of China The protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the famous Tank Man picture Images of US President Barack Obama Princess Diana in Africa Patrick Thibodeau, a renowned basketball player of Cumberland, Maine, who suffers from Down's Syndrome, playing on the Greely High School boys' basketball team. Martin Luther King delivering the "I Have a Dream" speech Protests about climate change The late guitarist Les Paul The successful emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 and pilot Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III Scenes of the separation stage of a Saturn V rocket along with various astronauts in EVA Gloria Steinem and feminist demonstrations. Robert Kennedy Archbishop Desmond Tutu 2009–2010 Iranian election protests


Clinton Recording Studios closed the year after on June 30, 2010. It had been at 653 10th Avenue (on the corner of West 46th Street) since December, 
1983.

Clinton's Studio A was one of the few remaining large orchestral tracking rooms in NYC. Over its 27 years in business, Clinton Recording Studios hosted many top artists (alongside Bon Jovi), including Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Sting, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen.


If you're not sure of the location, it's because the building was demolished. A new apartment block was built there in 2012. Trek Bicycle operates the retail store on the street level.


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