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 Play 'Livin' on a Prayer' From 'Live in New York'
Band's 2008 concert is streaming in full next week on Qello Concerts.
How Bon Jovi Became the First Rock Band to Top the Country Chart
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" shot to No. 1 in 2006.
Jon Bon Jovi Thought 'Livin' on a Prayer' Was Just 'Okay'
Richie Sambora told his partner he was an "idiot" for not recognizing the song's potential.
Bon Jovi 'Never Listened to' Judas Priest Before Tour Together
Frontman wanted to tour with "pop groups," but his manager had other ideas.
Richie Sambora on Leaving Bon Jovi: 'I'm Really Glad I Did It'
Guitarist says his family situation is in a much better place as a result of his decision to quit.
Bon Jovi 'On a Night Like This' Concert Film Will Stream for Free
Documentary will be available to all fans on the band's Facebook page.
Richie Sambora Would Return to Bon Jovi for ‘Special Situation'
Former guitarist denies claim that he doesn’t have his life together.