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Like an American Def Leppard, Bon Jovi used good looks and good hooks, toned-down aggression and pumped-up production to forge the pop-metal alloy that made it one of the dominant mainstream rock bands of the late Eighties.

As a working-class teenager, John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. (born March 2nd, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey) showed little interest in school, preferring to sing with his friend David Bryan Rashbaum in local bands. Cousin Tony Bongiovi, owner of New York City’s Power Station recording studio, let Bon Jovi sweep floors there and record demos with such musicians as Aldo Nova and members of Bruce Sprinsteen's E Street Band. The nucleus of the Bon Jovi band — Rashbaum on keyboards, Dave Sabo on guitar, Alec John Such on bass and Tico Torres on drums — played clubs to support local radio play for one demo, "Runaway." PolyGram won a record label bidding war (reportedly signing only John Bongiovi, with the rest of the band as his employees) and had Bongiovi de-ethnicize the spelling of his name to Jon Bon Jovi (keyboardist Rashbaum dropped his surname, becoming simply David Bryan). After seeing Bon Jovi at a New Jersey club, guitarist Richie Sambora auditioned and replaced Sabo (later of Skid Row).



Bon Jovi's self-titled debut album (Number 43, 1984) yielded hits in "Runaway" (Number 39, 1984) and "She Don't Know Me" (Number 48, 1984). Tony Bongiovi then sued the band, claiming he had helped develop its sound; Jon Bon Jovi called his cousin's influence "slim to none," but settled out of court. 7800° Fahrenheit (Number 37, 1985) went gold, with minor hit singles in "Only Lonely" (Number 54, 1985) and "In and Out of Love" (Number 69, 1985).

Bon Jovi then made two crucial marketing moves: bringing in composer Desmond Child (former leader of the Seventies New York Club band Rouge, he also wrote for Aerosmith, Cher and Kiss) as a song doctor, and basing the next album's content on the opinions of New York and New Jersey teenagers for whom they played tapes of more than 30 possible songs. The resulting selections formed Slippery When Wet (Number One, 1986), which sold more than 12 million copies, with the help of straightforward performance videos that showcased the videogenic band. Hit singles included "You Give Love a Bad Name" (Number One, 1986), the anthemic "Livin' on a Prayer" (Number One, 1986) — both of which Child cowrote — and "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Number Seven, 1987).

The Slippery formula was followed for New Jersey (Number One. 1988), which sold more than 7 million copies and contained the hits "Bad Medicine" (Number One, 1988), "Born to Be My Baby" (Number Three, 1988), "I'll Be There for You" (Number One, 1989), "Lay Your Hands on Me" (Number Seven, 1989) and "Living in Sin" (Number Nine, 1989). In the midst of a 1989 tour Jon Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley in Las Vegas (they have two children). Sambora dated Cher for a while, and Bon Jovi backed her on some tracks on her 1989 Heart of Stone album). In 1994 Sambora married actress Heather Locklear (the pair's separation became prime tabloid fodder in 2006). Later in 1993 Bon Jovi played the Soviet Union in the Moscow Music Peace Festival — arranged as part of a community-service sentence on Bon Jovi's manager Doc McGhee, who in 1988 had pleaded guilty to drug-smuggling charges from a 1982 arrest.

After 18 months of touring, the band members went separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi's solo album Blaze of Glory (Number Three, 1990) — recorded with Jeff Beck, Elton John, Little Richard and others — yielded hits in the title track (Number One, 1990) and "Miracle" (Number 12, 1990). Blaze was the soundtrack for the movie Young Guns II, in which Bon Jovi had a bit part, and the album earned both Oscar and Grammy nominations. The following year Sambora released his first solo album, Stranger in This Town (Number 36, 1991). Bon Jovi ended a year of breakup rumors with a Tokyo concert on December 31, 1991. The band then recorded Keep the Faith (Number Five, 1992), which produced hit singles in the title track (Number 27, 1993) and "Bed of Roses" (Number 10, 1993). Bon Jovi’s 1994 anthology, Cross Road (Number Eight), yielded the hit single "Always" (Number Four, 1994).

In 1995 the band released These Days (Number Nine), which yielded one Top 40 hit, "This Ain't a Love Song" (Number 14). After a full-scale world tour, the band went on hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi took a role in the 1995 film Moonlight and Valentino, and continued acting throughout the Nineties, appearing in Ed Burns' No Looking Back and the World War II submarine adventure U-571. In 1997 he released his first official non-soundtrack solo album, Destination Anywhere (Number 31, 1997). The following year Sambora released his second solo album, Undiscovered Soul.

Bon Jovi regrouped in 1999 with to record "Real Life" for the EdTV soundtrack. The following year, the band released Crush (Number Nine, 2000), which produced the hit single "It's My Life" (Number 33, 2000), which included sound effects and a hook that harked back to early singles like "Livin' on a Prayer." Demand for Bon Jovi's old-style pop-metal turned out to be so big that, since the reunion, the band has gone on to release more successful albums than it did even during its pin-up prime. Crush went double platinum in the U.S. and sold 8 million copies worldwide. After a successful tour, Bon Jovi returned with Bounce (Number Two, 2002), which produced the singles "Everyday" (Number 36 Adult Top 40, 2002) and "Misunderstood" (Number 15 Adult Top 40, 2002). To keep momentum with their younger audience, Bon Jovi had adopted a more alternative-rock look and sound and played dates with the post-punk pop band Goo Goo Dolls. For This Left Feels Right (Number 14, 2004), the band re-recorded some of its biggest hits, including "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "It's My Life," as slowed-down adult contemporary songs. The four-disc box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong (Number 53, 2004) — the title and packing art playing on the similarly titled Elvis Presley album — compiled 50 rare and unreleased tracks and a behind-the-scenes DVD.

Always in step with its audience, Bon Jovi returned the following year with an album of new material, Have a Nice Day (Number Two, 2005), which produced not only a pop single in the title track (Number 53, 2005) but also the band's first country crossover hit, "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Number One Hot Country, 2005; Number 23 pop, 2006). The duet with singer Jennifer Nettles of the country band Sugarland won a 2007 Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The twangy move suited the changing tastes of aging Bon Jovi fans, many of whom had begun listening to the more adult-contemporary, rock-oriented sounds of post-Garth Brooks country radio. After releasing a live disc and comprehensive greatest-hits package in 2006, Bon Jovi's next album of new material, Lost Highway (Number One, 2007), was marketed more directly to the country audience, with country-charting singles "(You Want to) Make a Memory" (Number 27 pop, Number 35 Hot Country, 2007) and "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore" (Number 47 Hot Country, 2007), a duet with country singer LeAnn Rimes. To support the record, the band recorded an episode of MTV's Unplugged.

Current members

  • Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, acoustic and rhythm guitars, maracas (1983–present)
  • David Bryan – keyboards, piano, pedal steel guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals (1983–present)
  • Tico Torres – drums, percussion, backing and occasional lead vocals (1983–present)
  • Hugh McDonald – bass guitar, backing vocals (unofficial 1994–2016; 2016–present)
  • Phil X – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, talkbox, backing and occasional lead vocals (substitute 2011, 2013; touring 2013–2016; 2016–present)

Former members

  • Richie Sambora – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, talkbox, backing and occasional lead vocals (1983–2013; one-off show in 2018)
  • Alec John Such – bass guitar, backing vocals (1983–1994; one-off shows in 2001 and 2018)
  • Dave Sabo – lead guitar, backing vocals (1983)

Current touring musicians

  • Everett Bradley – percussion, backing vocals (2003–2004; 2016–present)
  • John Shanks – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals (2015–present)

Former touring musicians

  • Bobby Bandiera – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (2005–2015)
  • Lorenza Ponce – violin, viola, cello, backing vocals (2005–2009, 2015)
  • Jeff Kazee – Hammond organ, keyboards, backing vocals (2005–2006; one-off show in 2010)
  • Kurt Johnston – pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, backing vocals (2006–2008)
  • Rich Scanella – drums, backing vocals (2013)
  • Matt O'Ree – rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals (2015)

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If Love Is A Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted)

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For all of us lovers :)


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