Bon Jovi

  • 09 June 2004

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Bon Jovi (formed 1983)
Bon Jovi are an American rock band fronted by Jon Bon Jovi and are famous for tracks such as 'Livin' on a Prayer', 'Always' and 'It's My Life'.

Formation: Bon Jovi began when Jon Bon Jovi met David Bryan and formed Atlantic City Expressway. While Jon was struggled to get signed with various demos, Bryan left the band to focus on his medical studies but was persuaded to re-join Jon at the prospect of a record contract after Jon recorded the track 'Runway' and aired it on a local radio station. Bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres and lead guitarist Dave Sabo also joined the band - though, Sabo was soon replaced by Richie Sambora who was a lot more experienced. The group were signed to Mercury Records after performing locally and their professional associates suggested they take on Jon's surname and be dubbed Bon Jovi in a similar fashion to Van Halen. They were originally going to be called Johnny Electric.

Musical career: Bon Jovi's self-titled debut album was released in 1984 and reached number 43 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band went on to opening for bands such as Kiss. Their second album '7800 Degrees Fahrenheit' came out in 1985 with a gold certification and they began a world tour. In 1986, their next album 'Slippery When Wet' was released and reached number one after they hired songwriter Desmond Child and producer Bruce Fairbairn. They named the album following a visit to a strip club in Vancouver. 'Slippery When Wet''s singles 'You Give Love a Bad Name' and 'Livin' on a Prayer' also reached number one in the US singles chart and the album became the top selling in 1987. In that same year they grossed $28,400,000 on their 130 show tour. Bon Jovi topped the charts again with their fourth album 'New Jersey' in 1988, this time in the UK as well as the US. They embarked on another huge worldwide tour with over 232 shows with their album even becoming the first from the US to be released legally in the USSR. The tour left the band members exhausted and so a hiatus ensued with no suggestion of future album plans. Jon Bon Jovi then fired his manager and associates and created Bon Jovi Management in 1991. The rest of the band soon reconciled and they released fifth album 'Keep the Faith' in 1992 and with it, a new, more 'mature' sound. Jon even cut his famous hair. Unsurprisingly, it reached number one and preceded another lengthy world tour. They released greatest hits album 'Cross Roads' in 1994 featuring the song 'Always' which became their highest selling single. In that year, Alec John Such was fired and unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald. In 1995 they released sixth album, 'These Days' which reached number one in the UK, produced 4 UK top 10 hits and earned them a BRIT Award for best international band. A 126 show tour soon followed before the band took a four year hiatus. In 1999, they reunited and released comeback album 'Crush' the following year. Single 'It's My Life' introduced their music to much younger fan following. They earned two Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance by Duo/Group. Two sold-out concerts at London's Wembley Stadium followed the album release and they were to be the last ever concerts held there before it was demolished. Their first live album, 'One Wild Night Live 1985-2001', came out soon after and the band even performed at the Concert For New York at Madison Square Garden following the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks, They released box set '100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong' in 2004 in tribute to Elvis Presley's similar '50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong' to marked the sales of 100 million albums and celebrate their 20th anniversary. In 2005, they released ninth album 'Have a Nice Day' and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 2009, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bon Jovi at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were all among this year's inductees - Cleveland, Ohio, United States - Saturday 14th April 2018

Richie Sambora Excited For Bon Jovi Reunion

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 14 December 2017

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Richie Sambora is excited for a ''joyous'' Bon Jovi reunion when the band are inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Richie Sambora is excited to celebrate Bon Jovi's career at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in April 2018.

The legendary guitarist - who spent 31 years in the 'Livin' On A Prayer' band before leaving four years ago - said their induction will be a ''joyous'' occasion as he reunites with his former band mates for the show.

Speaking to Billboard, he said: ''It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - it'll be a joyous occasion. I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something and we put a lot of a**es in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy.

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Bon Jovi, Dire Straits And Nina Simone Will Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In 2018

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 13 December 2017

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Radiohead, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics among those who miss the cut this year, however.

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi and Dire Straits lead the school of 2018 for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year – but major names such as Radiohead and Kate Bush have missed out.

On Wednesday (December 13th), the Cleveland-based institution announced its list of five inductees for its annual ceremony next spring. It consisted of rock heroes Dire Straits and Bon Jovi, new-wave group The Cars, Sixties icons The Moody Blues and the legendary late R&B singer Nina Simone.

On top of this, the little-known but highly influential figure of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, sometimes dubbed ‘the godmother of rock’n’roll’, is also to be inducted with a special Early Influences award.

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Bon Jovi, Radiohead And Nina Simone Among 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 05 October 2017

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Who will be immortalised in the famous Hall of Fame next year?

It's that time of year again where rock fans have the difficult decision of voting on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ballot for 2018, this year picking from nineteen amazing candidates including Bon Jovi, Radiohead, LL Cool J and Nina Simone. Truly spoilt for choice.

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Fans can sign up and vote for up to five candidates on the induction ballot, including the newly eligible Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead. Plus, another seven of the nominees are up for induction for the very first time while the likes of J. Geils Band and LL Cool J face their fifth and fourth nominations respectively.

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Bon Jovi performs at Chicago's United Center on the 2017 "This House Is Not For Sale Tour" - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Sunday 26th March 2017

China Mysteriously Cancels Bon Jovi Gigs

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 09 September 2015

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No official reason has been given for the short-notice cancellations, but it's believed to be down to the band's use of an image of the Dalai Lama in their live shows five years ago.

Authorities in China have decided to pull the plug on Bon Jovi’s first ever gigs in the country for “unforeseen reasons”, although some reports suggest that the last-minute decision has been taken because the band used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop to their gig in Taiwan in 2010.

Bon Jovi was scheduled to perform two concerts in China next week, in Shanghai on Monday and Beijing on Thursday. No official reason has been offered as to why the authorities have intervened at such a late stage, but the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (September 9th) that the group’s use of a picture of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was the most likely reason behind the cancellation.

Image caption Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora photographed together in 2014.

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Bon Jovi Record Highest Earning World Tour Of 2013

By Joe Wilde in Music / Festivals on 16 December 2013

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The veteran rockers may have suffered some turbulence in their ranks, but that hasn't stopped them bringing in the Benjamins

Bon Jovi made over $205m (£125m) collectively over the last twelve months of being on tour; an impressive amount by all means, ensuring they finish 2013 as the highest grossing touring group of the year. Since January, the band have performed 90 sets to over two million fans, according to Billboard's yearly rankings, with each show a sell-out, making them easy victors in this year's rankings.

Bon Jovi performed to millions of people across the globe and made millions back in return

The Michael Jackson-inspired 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil came in second and despite not scoring a single sell-out performance, they contortionists still managed to bring in $157m Third and fourth place was decided by a few (hundred) thousand, with Pink edging out Bruce Springsteen for the No. 3 spot. Her 114 shows in 2013, 111 of which sold out, earned the singer $147.9m as she performed to over 1.5 million people across the globe. Springsteen saw his 53 tours sell out in 36 locations, with over 1.3 million people paying a combined $147.6m to see The Boss.

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Is Jon Bon Jovi Eying Up A Bid For The Buffalo Bills?

By Joe Wilde in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 November 2013

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The rocker is believed to be interested in making a bid for the franchise when they get put up for sale

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is apparently determined to own a stake in a NFL franchise and with the Buffalo Bills on the verge of being in an ownership crisis, he might just be the guy to step in with a controlling bid for the club. The main concern with Bills fans is the potential move to Toronto, and Bon Jovi is believed to be in the know with what is going on behind the scenes, and has been familiarising himself with a move to the Canadian city himself.

Jon has a keen interest in owning a NFL franchise

According to various sources close to the situation, speaking with CBS Sport, Bon Jovi has been a familiar face around Toronto as he gets to know politicians and power brokers who are working with the proposed move, hoping to capitalise on the rebranding himself. During the recent Bon Jovi tour, an extra date was added in the roster for Toronto and there was a considerable amount of time set apart during the tour so that Jon could go over some of the details himself and work on his business plan. He has apparently been meeting with NFL owners and general managers on the regular, seeking their words of wisdom and he looks determined to secure a controlling stake in a NFL franchise. Whilst it remains to be seen whether JBJ has the immense wealth necessary to finance a NFL team has yet to be seen, but given his determination towards achieving this goal, it looks fairly likely that he does.

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Madonna Tops Forbes' List Of Highest Earning Musicians In 2013

By Joe Wilde in Music / Festivals on 21 November 2013

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The veteran pop star earned most of her money through touring

Forbes have once again compiled their yearly list of highest earning celebrities in every possible respect and the winner for highest earning musician in 2013 is a very familiar face indeed: Madonna. The Queen of Pop came out on top despite tough competition and the fact that she didn't really create or release any new music in 2013. Call that staying power.

Madge earned big through her touring and business ventures

According to the magazine, Madge earned most of her money over the last year through touring, with her 'MDNA' tour grossing $305 million in total since it was launched, earning the singer a cool amount in the process. Her other major sources of income has been royalties, her clothing line and the launch of her new fragrance, Forbes revealed, putting her total earnings for the past 12 months at an estimated $125 million.

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Richie Sambora Given The Boot From Bon Jovi Tour Because Of Wages

By Joe Wilde in Music / Festivals on 24 August 2013

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The guitarist has been fired by JBJ from the group's ongoing tour, with the break-up apparently stemming from monetary concerns

The long-serving guitarist of Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, has been fired from the group's current tour in what appears to be a dispute over money. As confirmed by Rumor Fix earlier this week (21 August), the guitarist and frontman of Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, came to blows over Sambora's earnings over the course of the tour, with Sambora being replace by the much more affordable Phillip 'Phil X' Xenidis.

Sambora was apparently fired for earning too much

According to RF, Sambora had been earning as much as $2,000,000 a month from touring with the band; an amount that had caused rifts in the backstage area between the rest of the group. There may be more to it, but as far as we know, it was the money that was right at the root of the dispute and ultimately led to Sambora's dismissal. In addition to the $2 mil he was making a month, the 30+ years-serving guitarist for Bon Jovi was also making 20% of earning from each live show, whilst Phil X will only receive $10,000 a month (which really can't be complained about considering he now gets to perform with one of rock's most enduring acts for a living).

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Jon Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi performing live in concert on his 'Because We Can' Tour at Soldier Field - Chicago, Illinois, United States of America - Friday 12th July 2013

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