Flashback 80s ~ Bon Jovi


Elizabeth Rivera, Staff Writer

Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Bon Jovi released their first two albums and their debut single “Runaway” managed to crack the Top 40. Bon Jovi musical style has generally been characterized as hard rock, glam metal, and arena rock. Their first two albums used a heavier mixture of glam metal. The band altered their sound dramatically in their release, Lost Highways, blending influence from country music and country rock. In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album Slippery When Wet, which sold over 20 million copies and included three top 10 singles, two of which reached number one, “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer”. Their fourth album, New Jersey, was also very successful, selling over 10 million copies featuring five top singles. After the band toured and recorded extensively during the late 1980s, Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora released successful solo albums in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Following a second hiatus, their 2000 album Crush, particularly the lead single, “It’s My Life”, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience.

Bon Jovi released 15 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling american rock bands. They were also inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The band received the Award of Merit at the American Music Award in 2004, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, the band members embarked on solo projects once again while recording “What About Now”. A live tour was scheduled for 2020 but the pandemic put that on hold.