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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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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.
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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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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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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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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After earning $2 million a month, we doubt he'll be "livin' on a prayer."
Richie Sombora, Bon Jovi's touring guitarist, has been fired from the band's tour over money issues. The band aren't exactly scraping around for money but it has reportedly been decided that Sambora, who has toured with Jon Bon Jovi for 30 years, earns too much and this may have caused a rift within the rock band.
The Band Said 'Have A Nice Day' To Richie Sambora.
Richie was making $2 million a month from the band, according to RumorFix, and took 20% of the profits after each show. He has been replaced by Canadian guitarist, Phil "X" Xenedis who has filled in for Sambora in the past when he was in rehab. After Richie dropped out of the tour this year due to "personal issues," Phil X stepped up for some Bon Jovi axe action. The benefit of having Phil X on tour is that his salary is just $10,000 a month - a 200th of what Richie was on before he left, meaning there's a lot more cash around to be gleaned by rockers Jon, David and Tico.
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In a female dominated list, Oprah is back!
Forbes have just released their 100 Most Influential Entertainers list and Oprah has made a comeback as No. 1. True, it might not be a real comeback, considering that she only dropped to No. 2 in the past two years, but this is Oprah Winfrey we’re talking about – the woman never does anything halfway, comebacks included. According to Forbes, Winfrey has had an $88 million drop in earnings between June of last year and June 2013. However, the chart makes it clear that other factors, besides earnings are also taken into consideration when creating the list.
This year Winfrey returnes to her rightful place.
And while it is unknown exactly what those factors are – marketability, social media presence and entrepreneurial decisions are thought to be among them – Winfrey’s handling of the nosedive her OWN network took in the last two years, as well as her management of the rest of her media empire, including O Magazine, a network on Sirius XM and shows by protégés like Dr Phil means that she once again fits the bill. Winfrey made $77 million last year, down significantly from $165 million for the same period last year. That’s still a lot of money though, even for the entertainment industry, and the media empress is set to increase said profits in the coming year, as her newly rebuilt OWN network is predicted to begin turning a profit by the end of 2013. This year, OWN has undergone a complete overhaul, cutting out unprofitable project and replacing them with original programming, created by Winfrey herself with the help of Tyler Perry – another Forbes 100 staple.
Band make gesture to help out cash-strapped fans in Eurozone crisis hit country
Say what you want about Bon Jovi’s music but you can’t deny that this is a pretty nice touch from one of the biggest rock bands in the world. The rockers, led by the perma-permed Jon Bon Jovi are currently on tour in Europe and are set to play in cash-strapped Spain next month. Spain is currently one of the many countries in the midst of the Eurozone crisis to the extent that there have been worries that fans wouldn’t be able to afford tickets to the Bon Jovi show – indeed, the Spanish capital of Madrid had been left off the original tour schedule altogether over fears that it might not sell out.
However a show was eventually announced and the band revealed that tickets were to be sold from the unusually cheap price of £15. Those seats have now since sold out, but in another financial-aiding twist, the band have also revealed that they’ll be waiving the fee for the show, effectively playing to Madrid for free.
The gig takes place on June 27th, and we have to say here at Contact that it’s hugely refreshing to see a band of Bon Jovi’s stature take an awareness in the economic situation, and a sharp contrast to the money-grabbing veterans Rolling Stones, who suffered indignity of having to lower their prices at a recent Los Angeles gig because they were deemed too expensive by fans and subsequently sold slowly.
Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi and Ziegfeld Theatre - Jesse Bon Jovi, Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi, Romeo Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, Jacob Hurley, and Dorothea Hurley . New York City, USA - New York premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals Wednesday 7th December 2011
Jon Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi - Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley pose with guests New York City, USA - DKMS' 4th Annual Gala 'Linked Against Leukemia' at Cipriani 42nd Street Thursday 29th April 2010
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