Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi is an American hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake ‘Jon Bon Jovi’ (John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald.[1] The band’s line-up has remained mostly static during their history, the only exception being the departure of Alec John Such in 1994, who was unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald. The band became known for writing several rock anthems, and achieved widespread recognition with their third album Slippery When Wet, released in 1986. After touring and recording non-stop during the late 1980s, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the album Keep the Faith. Their 2000 single “It’s My Life”, which followed a second hiatus, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience. Bon Jovi have been known to use different styles in their music, which has included country for their 2007 album Lost Highway. Their latest album, The Circle, was released on 10 November 2009 in the United States.

Throughout their career, the band have released eleven studio albums, three compilation albums and one live album, and have sold 130 million records worldwide.[2] They have performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans,[3] and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006.[4] The band was also honored with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004,[5] and as songwriters and collaborators, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.[6][7] On September 28, 2010, Bon Jovi was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but on December 15, 2010 it was announced that Bon Jovi did not make it.

Jon Bon Jovi began playing piano and guitar in 1975 at thirteen with his first band ‘Raze’. At the age of sixteen Bon Jovi met David Bryan and formed the 12-piece cover band Atlantic City Expressway. They played New Jersey clubs even though they were minors. Still in his teens, Bon Jovi played in the band John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones, playing local clubs like “The Fast Lane” and opening for known acts in the area. By 1980, he formed another band, “The Rest”, and opened up for New Jersey acts such as Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

By mid-1982, out of school and working part time in a women’s’ shoe store, Jon Bon Jovi took a job at the Power Station Studios, a Manhattan recording facility where his cousin Tony Bongiovi was co-owner. Bon Jovi made several demos – including one produced by Billy Squier – and sent them to record companies but failed to make an impact. His first professional recording was lead vocal in “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” which was part of the Christmas in the Stars album which his cousin co-produced.

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Jon Bon Jovi Richie Sambora Tico Torres David Bryan

Bon Jovi visited the local radio station WAPP 103.5FM “The Apple” in Lake Success, New York. He spoke directly to the promotion director John Lassman, who accepted the song “Runaway” for inclusion on the station’s compilation album of local homegrown talent. Bon Jovi was initially reluctant but eventually gave them the song on which Bon Jovi had used studio musicians to play on the track “Runaway”. The studio musicians who helped record “Runaway” – known as The All Star Review – were guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, and bassist Hugh McDonald.

The song began to get airplay in the New York area, then other sister stations in major markets picked up the song. In March 1983 Bon Jovi called David Bryan, who in turn called bassist Alec John Such (b. Alec John Such, November 14, 1952, Yonkers, New York, USA) ex-Phantom’s Opera and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres. Tapped to play lead guitar was Bon Jovi’s neighbor, Dave Sabo (a.k.a. The Snake) who later formed the group Skid Row. Sabo was eventually replaced by Richie Sambora (b. Richard Stephen Sambora, July 11, 1959, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA). Before joining the group, Sambora had toured with Joe Cocker, played with a group called Mercy and had been called up to audition for Kiss. He also played on the album Lessons with the band Message, which was re-released on CD through Long Island Records in 1995. Message was originally signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label, although the album was never released.

Tico Torres was also an experienced musician, having recorded and played live with Phantom’s Opera, The Marvelettes, and Chuck Berry. He appeared on 26 records and had recently recorded with Franke and the Knockouts, a Jersey band with hit singles during the early 1980s.

David Bryan had quit the band he and Bon Jovi founded in order to study medicine. While in college, he realized he wanted to pursue music full-time and was accepted to Juilliard School, a New York music school. When Bon Jovi called his friend and said he was putting together a band and a record deal looked likely, Bryan followed Bon Jovi’s lead and gave up his studies.

Early years (1984–85)

Once the band began playing showcases and opening for local talent, they caught the attention of record executive Derek Shulman, who signed them to Mercury Records and who was part of the PolyGram company. Because Jon Bon Jovi wanted a group name, Pamela Maher, a friend of Richard Fischer and an employee of Doc McGhee, suggested they call themselves Bon Jovi, following the example of the other famous two word bands such as Van Halen. This name was chosen instead of the original idea of Johnny Electric. Pamela’s suggestion of the name was met with little enthusiasm, but two years later they hit the charts under that name.

Phil Griffin’s documentary on the band, “When We Were Beautiful”, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicling Bon Jovi’s ups and downs over 25 years and following the band on their latest Lost Highway tour.

In June 2009, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame. That month they also recorded a cover of the song “Stand By Me” with Iranian singer Andy Madadian, to show solidarity for those affected by political unrest in Iran. Parts of the song were sung in Persian.

On November 10, 2009, the band released their 11th studio album, entitled The Circle. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 163 000 copies in its first week. The album is a return to rock n’ roll after their Nashville influenced album, Lost Highway. To promote the album, Bon Jovi performed “We Weren’t Born to Follow”, the first single off the album, on the result show of the rock week of the TV show, The X-Factor. The song also was performed during the Fest der Freiheit on November 9 in Berlin, a memorial for the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

On December 12, 2009, Bon Jovi were ranked #9 on Billboard’s top 25 touring artists of the decade after grossing (US)$419,481,741 from 249 shows, of which 244 were sellouts.[26]

On January 31, 2010, Bon Jovi performed for the first time at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. They performed the songs “We Weren’t Born to Follow” off their new album The Circle, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” from their album Have a Nice Day, and fans voted for the last song and chose “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Bon Jovi was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “We Weren’t Born To Follow.”

Bon Jovi headed out on the road once again on February 19, 2010, embarking on The Circle Tour. In 2011, the tour morphed into Bon Jovi Live[27]

On April 11, 2010, Bon Jovi played in Dallas. A short stream of this show was available through the band’s website, and viewers were able to buy tickets to three of their shows in Toronto, Chicago, and New Jersey all of which would happen this coming summer.

On April 19, it was announced that special editions of Bon Jovi albums from 1984 to 2007 will be released. These albums will feature new artwork and photos from the time period of when the albums were released. They will also feature live recordings of select songs on the album recorded on the tour that supported the album. The albums were released on May 11.

Bon Jovi had planned to release a greatest hits album in 2009, but the project got sidelined after the group came up with enough material for a brand new studio album, Jon commenting that “the state of the world at this point in time gave us a lot to write about”. That doesn’t mean the best-of set has been put on hold forever, Jon says “it will come out in 2010”. Along with a few never-before-released songs, the compilation will also feature tracks not featured on Bon Jovi’s 1994 Cross Road greatest hits. “It’ll be a new greatest hits because the last one was 15 years ago in ’94. So you had everything from These Days forward. And what is this my fifth album in this decade? So at least six studio records and a solo thing. And then I’m sure you’ll still end up having to put ‘Living On A Prayer’ on it but there won’t be ‘Runaway’ on it. It won’t have the early early stuff because we’ll have had more hits since then.”[28]

In July 2010 Bon Jovi posted pictures on their Facebook page from the photo shoot for the Greatest Hits album. The first single from the Greatest Hits, titled “What Do You Got?” was released on August 27, 2010.

On September 28, 2010, Bon Jovi was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

On October 22, 2010, and October 25, 2010, full versions of the remaining three new songs were released on bonjovi.com.

It has been confirmed that the new Greatest Hits album will be made available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.[29]

On October 31, 2010, Bon Jovi performed on the British version of the X Factor, alongside Jamiroquai and Rihanna. They were joined by contestants during the performance.

On December 13, 2010, Bon Jovi the band reopened the National Stadium on October 1, with their tour The Circle Tour, was recognized by Billboard Magazine as the group with the most profitable tour of 2010. The tour has raised $146,507,388 and a total audience of 1,591,154.

Bon Jovi participated in Live 8 on July 2, 2005, where they debuted the full, final version of “Have a Nice Day”, alongside “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “It’s My Life”. Bon Jovi’s ninth studio album, Have a Nice Day, was released in September 2005. “Have A Nice Day”, the first single off the album. The second single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, was released in the U.S. in early 2006. In the U.S., a duet version of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with country singer Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland was released, they also released “Welcome to Wherever You Are” as the third single. And in May 2006, Bon Jovi became the first Rock & Roll Band to have a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart. On February 11, 2007, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles won the Grammy Award, for “Best Country Collaboration with Vocals” for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. The band also won an award for Favorite Rock Song at the People’s Choice Awards with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”.[17]

Soon after the release of Have A Nice Day, the band started gearing up for the new 2005–2006 worldwide Have A Nice Day Tour. This tour, being shorter than previous ones with only seventy-five shows originally planned, took the band to numerous stages and stadiums throughout the world. The tour was a significant commercial success, as the group played to 2,002,000 fans, and the tour grossed a total $191 million. The tour was the third-highest-grossing tour of 2006 taking in just over $131 million, just behind The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang World Tour and Madonna’s Confessions Tour. On November 14, 2006, Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame alongside James Brown and Led Zeppelin.

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi in Montreal in 2007 during the Lost Highway Tour.
Background information
Origin Sayreville, New Jersey, United States
Genres Hard rock, Glam Metal
Years active 1983–present
Labels Island, Mercury, Mercury Nashville
Website http://www.bonjovi.com
Members
Jon Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora
Tico Torres
David Bryan
Hugh McDonald
Past members
Alec John Such

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Comments
  1. sania_ht says:

    Oh !
    my hot-favourite band

  2. Randy Adams says:

    Also my favourite !

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