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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.

Bon Jovi’s ‘Lay Your Hands on Me’ Covered by Dolly Parton

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The country legend has given the arena rock hit a gospel re-casting.

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Hear Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ covered by Smith & Myers of Shinedown

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Two members of Shinedown have unplugged for a new take on Bon Jovi's timeless 'Wanted Dead or Alive.'

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Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac Among Richest Rockers

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Graham Denholm/Paul Marotta/Brian Killian, Getty Images

Bon Jovi, the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac were among the Top 10 money makers for 2013, based on touring, music sales, publishing royalties and streaming revenue for the past year.

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Richie Sambora Says Bon Jovi Isn’t ‘The Real Thing’ Without Him

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The war of words between Bon Jovi and the band's exiled guitarist Richie Sambora has cooled off over the last several months, but that doesn't mean Sambora has made peace with the idea of the group touring without him.

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30 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Release Their First Album

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Seeing how they've dominated airwaves and concert arenas over the past three decades, it’s easy to forget that Bon Jovi faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut album in January 1984.

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Bon Jovi Named Highest-Grossing Tour of 2013

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All the drama surrounding the absence of Richie Sambora had little effect on Bon Jovi at the box office. Their Because We Can world tour was named the top tour of 2013.

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Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ Roars Back Up the Charts Thanks to Viral Video

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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.

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Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi Make List of Highest-Paid Musicians

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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.

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Richie Sambora Explains Real Reason He Left Bon Jovi Tour

Richie Sambora
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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.

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Tico Torres Returns to Bon Jovi Tour

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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.

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