Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi is one of the dominant, mainstream, rock bands from the eighties. The band has great passion for their music and they create pop-metal to enhance their sound.

As a teenager, John Francis Bongiovi Jr. was not really interested in school, but he liked to sing with his friend, David Bryan Rashbaum. John’s cousin, Tony, who was the owner of a recording studio called “New York City’s Power Station”, let him sweep floors and record some demos.

Current members of the band include John on acoustic guitar, Richie Sambora on the talk box, Tico Torres with percussion, David Bryan on piano and Hugh Mcdonald on bass guitar. They have been together since 1994. Non-current members include musicians such as Dave Sabo (1983 guitar player) and Alec John Such (1983-1994 bass guitar player). Even though they are not part of the band, they are still considered the founding members.

The band played local clubs to support the local radio for their demo. When Polygram won a record label bidding war, they only signed John, and the rest of the band were his employees. That’s also when John de-ethnicized his Italian-American name John Bongiovi to Jon Bon Jovi.

In 1984 Bon Jovi made their self-titled debut album that had many great hits like “Runaway”. Tony, John’s cousin, sued the band after the release because he claimed to have given the band their sound. This issue was later settled in court with John saying that his cousin had had little to no influence on the band.

Hit singles for the band include “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, and “ Livin on a Prayer”. The album Slippery When Wet sold more than 12 million copies. After, the New Jersey album was influenced by Slippery When Wet and sold more than 7 million copies. Songs from this include “Bad Medicine”, “Born to Be My Baby”, and “I’ll Be There For You”.

In 1993, Bon Jovi played in the Moscow Music Peace Festival that had been arranged as community service for the band’s manager, Doc Mcghee. Five years later, the manager pleaded guilty for drug smuggling charges. About eighteen months after touring, the band split up, but then regrouped in 1999. They went double platinum in the United States and sold 8 million copies from the album Crush.

In 2009, The Circle album made it to number one on the Billboard charts. Five months after, John and Richie were put in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also, the Band ranked as the ninth highest touring artist of the 2000’s. To learn more about the band, go to www.bonjovi.com.                 

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Emily Keller
Emily is a 11th grader. She loves to listen to music in her free time.
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