Founded in 1983, Bon Jovi is one of the most popular rock bands in the world. With a career that spans three decades, the band has released more than 16 albums, 58 music videos, five compilation records, and three live albums. They have also received a number of awards, including two Grammy awards and an Academy Award. The band’s success continues to this day. They have performed over 2000 concerts in over fifty countries and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Bon Jovi has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When Bon Jovi first started out, they were signed to Mercury Records. They released their debut album, Runaway, in 1984. It was a moderate success, but Bon Jovi was still excited to continue recording. They released several more albums in quick succession. They released their third album, Slippery When Wet, which reached the top 10 on the Billboard album charts. This album also produced three top 10 singles. The band received several awards for this album, including the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album and the American Music Award. The album also received nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe.
The original Bon Jovi lineup included guitarist David Bryan, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres, and lead singer Richie Sambora. The band was known for their high-energy guitar riffs and emotionally charged power ballads. Bon Jovi was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People In The World” by People Magazine in 1996.
In 1992, Bon Jovi released their fifth studio album, Keep the Faith. This album was also a commercial success, featuring hits like “Always” and “Bed of Roses.” The band released their sixth studio album, Crush, in 2000. This album marked their return to the music scene after a two-year sabbatical. The band then released their ninth studio album, This House Is Not for Sale, in October of last year. The album also featured the joining of both Phil X and Hugh McDonald.
In 2005, Bon Jovi was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album for their song “Blaze of Glory.” The band also received nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe. The band’s eighth studio album, These Days, broadened their artistic style. Bon Jovi also wrote the soundtrack for the movie, Young Guns II. The film was released in 1990 and earned $44 million.
In 2006, Bon Jovi members Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear announced that they were divorcing. Richie had been dealing with alcoholism and painkiller addiction, and had a couple stints in rehab. He was married to Heather in 1994. However, he and Heather separated in 2006. They had a child together in 1994, a daughter named Ava. Afterward, Richie focused on Bon Jovi, while Heather dealt with mental health issues. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.
Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013. In 2013, Bon Jovi welcomed a new member, Phil X. He was a touring member, and appeared on the band’s album, This House Is Not for Sale.