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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.
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.
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Taken from the forthcoming album 'Burning Bridges', out August 21st 2015, Bon Jovi release the lyric video for 'Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning'. The band are also set to release yet another album in 2016.
It's bad news again for Richie Sambora.
Richie Sambora would like you to know that he absolutely did not threaten his lover and former business partner Nikki Lund. This week, Lund came out with the claim that the Bon Jovi guitarist threatened her life during a heated argument back in March.
Lund and Sambora being interviewed together in May 2014.
Her claims gained traction and the authorities are now looking into the matter. According to the New York Daily News, police have confirmed that they want to talk to Sambora about the alleged threats.
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Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, is under investigation by police after his ex-girlfriend files a report alleging he physically assaulted her and threatened to make her "disappear".
Richie Sambora's ex-girlfriend, Nikki Lund, has claimed he threatened to kill her. Lund has filed a police report in which she alleges 55-year-old Sambora physically assaulted her and issued threats against her life in a series of phone calls.
Nikki Lund and Richie Sambora photographed together in 2014.
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Who were music's biggest music moneymakers in 2013?
Billboard has just posted its annual list of music’s biggest moneymakers and well, there’s a new queen in town, Taylor Swift. After a lucrative 2013 the country superstar has topped the list, earning nearly $40 million dollars, but who else has been raking in the cash in the past 12 months?
Taylor Swift perfoming on her money making 'Red' tour
Last year Madonna topped the list taking in over $34 million dollars, this year without her hugely successful MDNA tour the Queen of Pop has slipped out of the top 40 entirely. Taking her place at the top is last year's no. 15, Taylor Swift. It’s not surprising, 2013 was a very good year for the singer. Not only did Taylor embark on her mammoth ‘Red’ tour, where she’s said to have made over $30 million, she also earned big bucks from record sales both physically and digitally. She’s also a very savvy business woman having taken lucrative sponsorship deals from Keds, Elizabeth Arden and Diet Coke on her tour.
Continue reading: Who Joined Taylor Swift In Billboard's List Of Top Music Moneymakers?
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.
Continue reading: Bon Jovi Record Highest Earning World Tour Of 2013
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.
Continue reading: Is Jon Bon Jovi Eying Up A Bid For The Buffalo Bills?
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Sending support and prayers to the family, friends, and teammates of Evan Murray. #18Strong http://t.co/04qrp2j89q http://t.co/IFs7cQbpg7
Feeling the love from Abu Dhabi, thanks to our fans for making this an incredible show! #BonJoviUAE https://t.co/fUEpgU5nFR
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A few more photos from Taipei, our thoughts and prayers go out to Taiwan. http://t.co/NoMBgSzkN9
We love you Taiwan and hope to come back soon! http://t.co/AVwMCsADOI
We're looking forward to making our second appearance in Abu Dhabi on October 1st! Get tix at http://t.co/3jLzCHaTqO #BonJoviUAE #duLive
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