Bon Jovi could never catch a break with critics. When the band first showed up in the mid ‘80s, the members’ gigantic hair and toothy grins got more attention than their music. But by the end of the decade, when their hero Bruce Springsteen started scaling back and getting more introspective in his work, Bon Jovi stepped in to fill the vacancy left for an arena-packing band of New Jersey rockers stepping up for their working-class fans. Suddenly, Bon Jovi were one of the biggest bands on the planet, with the ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘New Jersey’ albums both going to No. 1 and selling close to 50 million combined copies. They still didn’t get much critical respect. But who cares? A quarter-century later, the group continues to pack venues, sell records (its past three albums all debuted at No. 1) and make a living without changing much.
Selected Discography: ‘Slippery When Wet’ (1986), ‘New Jersey’ (1988), ‘Keep the Faith’ (1992)
One fan's endlessly entertaining lip sync to Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' wasn't just a hit on the Jumbotron during a recent Boston Celtics game. It has become a web sensation that has now sent the song back to the Billboard Hot 100 more than 25 years after its release.
We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.
There's been a whole lot of speculation surrounding Richie Sambora's status with Bon Jovi since he abruptly departed the band's tour in April. In a recent interview, Sambora opened up about his side of the story.
After dual surgeries, Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is back with the band he's been a part of for 30 years. The 59-year-old Torres returned on Oct. 9 for the group's show in Fresno, Calif., playing a two-hour-plus concert for fans at the Save Mart Center.
The National Football League season is starting next week, so thoughts are naturally turning towards the halftime show at the Super Bowl next February. With the game set to take place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, some local concert promoters are hoping the NFL will highlight the rich musical history from the area, with an emphasis on the Garden State
On Aug. 18, 1986, Bon Jovi released 'Slippery When Wet,' the album that would make them international superstars -- but not before needing three wildly different attempts to get the album artwork finished.
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