Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi 80s band members

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Jon Bon Jovi began playing piano and guitar in 1975, at the age of 13, with his first band ‘Raze’. At 16, Bon Jovi met David Bryan and formed a band called “Atlantic City Expressway”. Still in his teens, Bon Jovi played in the band “John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones,” playing local clubs like “The Fast Lane,” and opening for known acts in the area. By 1980, he formed another band, “The Rest”, and opened up for New Jersey acts such as Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

In mid-1982, Jon Bon Jovi took a job at the Power Station Studios, a Manhattan recording facility where his cousin Tony Bongiovi was co-owner. Bon Jovi made several demos and sent them to record companies, though failing to make an impact… In 1983, He spoke with DJ Chip Hobart and to the promotion director, John Lassman, who suggested Bon Jovi let WAPP 103.5FM “The Apple” include the song “Runaway” on the station’s compilation album of local homegrown talent. Bon Jovi was reluctant, but eventually gave them the song, on which Bon Jovi had used studio musicians to play on the track “Runaway” (which was written in 1982). The studio musicians who helped record “Runaway”—known as The All Star Review—were guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, and bassist Hugh McDonald.

The song began to get airplay in the New York area, then other sister stations in major markets picked up the song. In March 1983, Bon Jovi called David Bryan, who in turn called bassist Alec John Such and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres, both formerly of the band Phantom’s Opera. Tapped to play lead guitar was Bon Jovi’s neighbor, Dave Sabo (“The Snake”), though he never officially joined the band. He and Jon promised each other that whoever made it first, would help out the other. Sabo later went on to form the group Skid Row. Jon saw and was impressed with hometown guitarist Richie Sambora who was recommended by fellow bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres… (from Wikipedia)
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Jon Bon Jovi in the 80s

hair band members

Jon Bon Jovi, lead vocals/rhythm guitar
Richie Sambora, lead guitar/vocals
Alec John Such, bass
David Bryan, keyboards
Tico Torres, drums

hair albums & top 40 songs

Bon Jovi (1984)
Runaway #39
7800° Fahrenheit (1985)
Slippery When Wet (1986) – You Give Love a Bad Name #1, Livin’ on a Prayer #1, Wanted Dead or Alive #7
New Jersey (1988) – Bad Medicine #1, Born to Be My Baby #3, I’ll Be There for You #1, Lay Your Hands on Me #7, Living in Sin #9
Keep the Faith (1992) – Keep the Faith #29, Bed of Roses #10, In These Arms #27
Cross Road (Greatest Hits) (1994) – Always #4
These Days (1995) – This Ain’t a Love Song #14

post-hair albums

Crush (2000) – It’s My Life #33
One Wild Night Live 1985–2001 (2001)
Bounce (2002)
This Left Feels Right (2003)
100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong [box set] (2004)
Have a Nice Day (2005)
Lost Highway (2007) – Who Says You Can’t Go Home #23, (You Want To) Make a Memory #27
The Circle (2009)
Greatest Hits (2010)
Inside Out (2012)
What About Now (2013)
Burning Bridges (2015)
This House Is Not for Sale (2016)
This House Is Not for Sale – Live from the London Palladium (2016)
2020 (2020)

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live shows

Live in Tokyo 1988
Live in Chile 1990