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? Decades later, the group continued to pack venues and sell plenty of records (including a string that debuted at No. 1), while earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Watch Bon Jovi's Harrowing 'Thank You, Goodnight' Doc Trailer
The band grapples with fame, illness and uncertainty in upcoming four-part docuseries.
Jon Bon Jovi Addresses Vocal Issues and Touring Future
"If I can't be great, I'm out," bandleader says.
Bruce Springsteen + Sammy Hagar Honor Jon Bon Jovi: Videos + Pics
Mammoth WVH and Jelly Roll also performed Bon Jovi songs at the star-studded event.
Bon Jovi Debuts New Song at MusiCares Award Ceremony
Artists including Jason Isbell, Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and more performed Bon Jovi covers at the star-studded event.
Phil X Got 'Hotel California' Vibes Working on Bon Jovi's New LP
Guitarist admits he "got goose bumps" while recording the album.
40 Years Ago: Bon Jovi's Debut Album Points to Bigger Things
It’s easy to forget that this band faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut.
How Fans Shaped '100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong'
This gold-selling collection didn't just name-check his most ardent followers. They were part of the process.
Richie Sambora Says 'It's Time' for Bon Jovi Reunion
There's a Bon Jovi documentary in the works too.
White Stripes, Bon Jovi and GN'R Lead Top Rock Workout Songs
New study reveals the tracks rock fans sweat to the most.