Jon Bon Jovi is one of the most successful rock bands of all time. The group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s and has continued to be a force to be reckoned with since. They have released 15 studio albums, five compilations, and three live albums in their illustrious career. They have sold over 120 million records and have performed in more than 2,700 concerts worldwide for over 34 million fans. Among their many accolades are induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame and the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band has also garnered numerous awards and has racked up several chart-topping singles. Their hit singles include ‘Runaway’, ‘Livin’ in Sin’, and ‘Bad Medicine’. In addition to their musical accomplishments, the band has also been involved in charitable endeavors. They have raised funds for AIDS research and have performed at the Concert for New York, which was held shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi began his professional career when he was just 17 years old. He had been performing in local clubs and had already recorded a few demos. But it was when he was sweeping floors at the New Jersey recording studio co-owned by his cousin Tony Bongiovi, Power Station, that he caught the attention of a talent agent who encouraged him to get a real band together.
Bon Jovi formed in 1983 and quickly started to gain momentum in the New Jersey club scene. Their third album, Slippery When Wet, was a massive commercial success, with the hits ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ propelling them to international stardom. The band’s next album, Crush, saw their popularity surge even further. Their single ‘It’s My Life’ broke the record for the longest-running #1 song on the US Billboard Hot 100 list.
The band’s first two studio albums, Slippery When Wet and New Jersey, saw the band stray from heavy metal to more pop-oriented sounds. Bon Jovi worked with songwriter extraordinaire Desmond Child to create a style that was more mainstream and commercially viable. This shift in style paved the way for their mega-hit fourth album, LIVING IN SIN.
Phil X joined the band in 2016 after replacing longtime guitarist Richie Sambora. He has toured with the band extensively and appears on their most recent studio album, 2020. Phil has also worked as a composer, writing songs for films such as Stand Up Guys and The Interceptor.
While the band’s lineup has changed over the years, they remain a force to be reckoned with. With vocalist and songwriter Jon Bon Jovi, bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres, and guitarist Richie Sambora, they have produced a series of critically acclaimed albums and sold more than 120 million records. The band continues to tour and produce hits for their millions of devoted fans, who are known as JoviHo’s. These devoted followers number in the millions and are often delirious at concerts, often showing off their most recent Victoria Secret purchases and embarrassing their friends with their wanton displays of affection.