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Back to the '80's: Artist of the Week - Bon Jovi

Monday, June 15, 2009

Artist of the Week - Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (b. John Francis Bongiovi, March 2, 1962, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA[1]), Bon Jovi formed in 1983 with guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres.[2]Other than the departure of Alec John Such in 1994 (which pared the lineup down to a quartet), the lineup has remained the same for the past 25 years. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with Slippery When Wet (1986), which launched the band into global super stardom. After non-stop touring, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the Keep the Faith and has since created successful albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Their latest album, Lost Highway, was released in 2007.

Throughout their career, the band has released ten studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album; and have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.[3] They performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.[4] In 2006 Bon Jovi were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame,[5] and in 2004 they were ranked number 14 in Q magazine's 50 Greatest Bands of All Time.[6] The band also honored with the Award Of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004.[7]

- Wikipedia