Bon Jovi is a US rock band that was formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. The members of the band are singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X as well as bassist Hugh McDonald. The original bassist Alec John Such quit the band in 1994. Also, long-time guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013. The band has been acknowledged with “[bridging] the gap between heavy metal and pop with charm and ease”.
Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame
Bon Jovi was welcomed into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Their combination of arena-rock largesse, pyrotechnic riffing and good-time vibes – together with the rare weepy– led to some of the most stimulating rock hits of the Eighties and Nineties:
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” is reminiscent of Springsteen-esque energy.
- Without a doubt, “Wanted Dead or Alive” has one of the most brilliant backing-vocal turns in rock history that were delivered by Richie Sambora.
- “Born to Be My Baby” – which was co-written by Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora and songwriter Desmond Child – is peak synth-metal.
- Ballads like “Never Say Goodbye” and “I’ll Be There for You” are precision grade.
In later years, the band’s move toward twangier sounds (such as the 2006 Jennifer Nettles collab “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”) bestowed a blessing to Nashville’s full-on embrace of the melodic-arena-rock ideal.
But Who Is Behind The Band?
Jon Bon Jovi was born in the early 60s in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in the United States. His birth name is John Francis Bongiovi Jr The name of his parents are John Francis Bongiovi Sr and Carol Sharkey.
Jon’s mother, Carol Sharkey, was a model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi’s father after she joined the United States Marines. John was in the Marines already when they met. Jon Bon Jovi is also a blood relative to the late great singer Frank Sinatra, who was Bon Jovi’s great uncle on his father’s side. He has two brothers, Anthony and Matthe, as well as Bon Jovi. He is married to Dorothea Hurley.
Jon Becomes Interested In Music
He became very interested in music at a very early age and began playing the piano and the guitar at 13 when he joined his first band, which was called Raze. Jon went to St. Joseph High School for his freshman and sophomore years and then transferred to Sayreville War Memorial High School where he finished his schooling.
When he was in high school, Jon met David Bryan and the two created the band Atlantic City Expressway. Also, Jon played clubs and opened for bigger (at the time) local bands as a part of John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones. This set him up for success, much like an online casino sign up bonus can set you up for a big win.
Jon’s cousin Tony had a New York City recording studio that was called The Power Station. Jon spent his teenage years hanging out there, which led to his first paid singing appearance at 16 on the “Star Wars Christmas Album.”