Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., 02.03.1962)
Jon Bon Jovi is an American singer-songwriter and producer famous for being the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi: Childhood
Jon Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His parents are former Marines John Francis Bongiovi, Sr., a barber, and Carol Sharkey, a florist and former Playboy Bunny.
He was raised a Catholic and claims to be a related to Frank Sinatra.
He attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey before transferring to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin.
He had poor academic grades, preferring to spend his time in bands with friends and with his cousin Tony Bongiovi who owned the recording studio The Power Station. He started playing in clubs at 16 and has belonged to the bands Atlantic City Expressway, The Rest, The Lechers and John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones.
His first recording was when Tony suggested he record ‘R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ when Meco was recording ‘Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album’.
Jon Bon Jovi: Musical career
In 1982, he recorded a track called ‘Runaway’ with the band The All Star Review. He was turned down by Atlantic Records and Mercury (PolyGram). He persuaded rock radio station WAPP 103.5FM ‘The Apple’ to include his song on their compilation album of local talent. It became a local hit and in 1983, he signed with Mercury records.
He enlisted David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres for his band – a neighbour of his, Dave Sabo, was to play lead guitar but he was soon replaced by Richie Sambora. They called themselves Bon Jovi following band names of the likes of Van Halen and Dokken – they were originally to be called Johnny Electric.
Their self-titled first album came out in 1984 while their breakthrough moment came with album number two ‘Slippery When Wet’. 1988’s fourth album ‘New Jersey’ was also a hit.
He and Sambora assisted in the production of Cher's self-titled album in 1987 as well as co-writing her single ‘We All Sleep Alone’ and co-producing her 1989 album ‘Heart of Stone’. They also produced and co-wrote ‘Hell Is Living Without You’ for Alice Cooper's album ‘Trash’.
On their Slippery When Wet Tour in 1987, Jon had to take steroid shots to help him sing when his vocal cords stopped functioning normally. The extensive touring caused rifts in the band due to physical and mental exhaustion – their New Jersey Tour saw them play more than 232 shows.
He recorded the soundtrack to 'Young Guns II' aka 'Blaze of Glory' and also composed the theme song for the ‘Billy the Kid’ sequel soundtrack.
His first solo album, 'Blaze of Glory', featured Elton John, Little Richard and Jeff Beck and the title track shot to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also awarded him a Golden Globe and nominations for an Oscar and a Grammy.
He started his own label, Jambco Records, in 1991 producing albums for Aldo Nova and Billy Falcon. In the same year, he fired Bon Jovi manager Doc McGhee in favour of Bon Jovi Management.
The band recorded ‘Keep the Faith’ in 1992 and he soon cut his famous hair and made the move to a more ‘mature’ rock sound.
His second solo album ‘Destination Anywhere’ in 1997 included a short movie based on the songs starring himself, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Whoopi Goldberg.
The band released ‘Crush’ in 2000 and gained a younger fan following with single ‘It's My Life’.
In 2012, Jon recorded the soundtrack to ‘Stand Up Guys’ also known as ‘Not Running Anymore’.
Jon Bon Jovi: Other career ventures
Jon Bon Jovi has also enjoyed an acting career including in 'Moonlight and Valentino', 'The Leading Man', 'Destination Anywhere', 'U-571' and 'National Lampoon's Pucked'. He has also appeared in TV shows such as ‘ Sex and the City’, ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Ally McBeal’.
He has worked with various charities including Habitat for Humanity of which he is the first Founding Ambassador. He has helped build homes in Philadelphia and shot the video for Bon Jovi single ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ there. He donated $1 million to build homes in Louisiana after a hurricane devastated the coast.
He has founded his own non-profit organisation called The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which helps to tackle economic issues in families in an attempt to combat poverty.
Jon Bon Jovi: Personal life
Jon Bon Jovi is a democrat and has been involved in many events supporting democratic presidential candidates over the years.
He secretly married high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley in 1989 at Las Vegas' Graceland Wedding Chapel. They have 4 children; 19-year-old Stephanie Rose, 18-year-old Jesse James Louis, 10-year-old Jacob Hurley and 8-year-old Romeo Jon.
In 2004, he became the owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He is also a fan of the Australian soccer team, Melbourne Heart FC.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Jon Bon Jovi - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived to the 2015 Can Do Awards Food Bank For New York City Awards Dinner Gala which was held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, United States - Tuesday 21st April 2015
Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015
Henry Buhl, Jon Bon Jovi and David Bergman - Bon Jovi's official tour photographer David Bergman opens up photographic exhibition promoting his book "WORK" - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 16th December 2014
Jon Bon Jovi - A-list celebrities including "Mirrors" hit-maker Justin Timberlake, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, TV show host Oprah Winfrey, host of American idol Ryan Seacrest, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, English fashion model Cara Delevingne and many more have all taken part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, designed to raise money and awareness for the neurodegenerative illness ALS also known as MND - Tuesday 19th August 2014
Orlando Bloom may have got the first punch in, but who wants the second?
We're pretty sure that Orlando Bloom has managed to win over a good few thousand more fans after striking a fierce blow in the direction of Justin Bieber's head, but we can think of quite a few other stars who wouldn't mind a go either.
Come and have a go!
The story goes that Bieber met the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor at Cipriani restaurant in Miami where he extended a hand which Bloom did not shake. Then things start to get a bit sketchy: some sources claim he said, 'She was good' to Bloom, in reference to his alleged relationship with his ex-wife Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, while TMZ claims Bieber shouted 'What's up, bitch?' at the actor. Either way, eyewitnesses reveal Bloom threw a good punch at the singer - to most of the audience's utter delight by the sound of things - though it still isn't clear whether or not any damage was caused.
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What would you do if Taylor Swift crashed your bridal shower or Jon Bon Jovi walked you down the asile?
Earlier this week Taylor Swift decided to give one lucky fan the surprise of her life when she turned up unexpectedly at her bridal shower. For many fans, meeting your favourite celebrity is a pretty special moment, but having them turn up somewhere unexpectedly just to surprise you is a unforgettable experience. It might only happen to a lucky few, but here are five unexpectedly awesome times a celebrity has surprised one of their biggest fans.
Taylor Swift became the surprise guest of honour at a fan's bridal shower
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American author and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver and rockstar Jon Bon Jovi are seen arriving on the red carpet at the New York premiere of HBO documentary movie 'Paycheck To Paycheck: The Life And Times Of Katrina Gilbert'. They greet Katrina Gilbert herself, who attends the event with her three children, and pose for photos with her alongside CBS 'This Morning' co-anchor Gayle King. Other arrivals included feminist activist Gloria Steinem, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins and news anchor Hoda Kotb.
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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This actually happened...Prince William, Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the Winter Whites charity gala.
Prince William has kicked off what is sure to be a flourishing career in music by forming a band with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift. Well, sort of: the Prince and Taylor joined Jon Bon Jovi onstage during the Winter Whites charity gala, hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint.
Swift Performed With Prince William At The Glittering Charity Event.
The pair leapt up on to the festive stage as Bon Jovi started playing an acoustic version of his band's mega-hit 'Livin On A Prayer.' Taylor began to elegantly sway in time to the music whilst William adjusted his bow tie and cuffs in a James Bond style before the big chorus. Taylor and Wills leant into the microphone - the Prince tentative at first - before belting out the "Woooahh livin' on a prayer" line from the chorus.
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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Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly very interested in purchasing the NFL franchise Buffalo Bills, but they will only become available when their current owner Ralph Wilson dies.
American rock star Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly close to buying a top NFL team.
The 51 year-old is interesting in purchasing the Buffalo Bills when they are put on the market.
CBS Sport reports, several sources have said that Jon is very interested in buying the Football franchise as soon as their current owner, Ralph Wilson, passes away.
Continue reading: Jon Bon Jovi Eyes NFL Team Buffalo Bills To Purchase
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.
Continue reading: Bon Jovi Guitarist Richie Sambora Booted Off Tour, For Earning Too Much
The rocker wants to look after his guys
Jon Bon Jovi described his hefty donation to the New Jersey Sandy Relief Fund as “emotional” at an event in which he announced the generous gift. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Bon Jovi and his wife are people "who never take New Jersey away from themselves."
Bon Jovi rocking out in Sydney
"My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I went to school here. I met my wife here," he said at an event held to announce the donation. "And in the days following the storm, when I visited these streets and spoke to the residents, one thought that came to me time and time again was what can I do?
Date of birth
2nd March, 1962