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Bon Jovi has been smashing music charts for more than three decades. The group’s popularity has crossed boundaries and transcended generations. In 2004, they received the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards and two years later, they were made members of the UK Music Hall of Fame.
Bon Jovi is still producing awesome music to this day. The group released its thirteenth studio effort, ‘This House is Not for Sale’ on November 4, 2016. This album not only climbed to the first spot on the Billboard 200 but also garnered positive reviews from the critics. The group is now expected to tour soon. Their energetic live performances always get crowds fired up, so if you too want to rock out to their music live then get your Bon Jovi tickets now.
Early Life & Influences
The founder of the band, Jon Bon Jovi was always passionate about music. In his teens, he performed gigs with John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones. Then, Bon Jovi found a job at WAPP 103.5 FM “The Apple” where he would write and sing jingles for the station. During this time, he recorded a song, Runaway which the radio station played. This led to the track getting airplay around New York and soon Bon Jovi started to get noticed.
Jon Bon Jovi decided to form the band, Bon Jovi in 1983 with his friend, David Bryan. The duo added Alec John Such, Tico Torres and Richie Sambora to the lineup and began playing gigs in local clubs and bars. They were then discovered by Derek Shulman who helped them land a recording contract with Mercury Records.
After one year, Bon Jovi released their first full-length self-titled studio album. Although the record failed to perform on the charts, it still managed to sell more than a million copies in the United States. Following the release of ‘Bon Jovi,’ the group performed as an opening act for Scorpions in the US and for Kiss in Europe.
In March of 1985, they began to work on their second album and after a few months came out with ‘7800° Fahrenheit.’ The record charted in the US, Australia, Finland, UK and Japan. It was also awarded platinum certification by the RIAA and Music Canada.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Bon Jovi hit it big when they churned out their third studio album, ‘Slippery When Wet’ in 1986. The record was so successful that it spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. This studio effort became their first and so far, only diamond selling album. Moreover, it offered two singles, Livin’ on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name both of which peaked at the first spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The former went triple platinum in the United States and was also nominated for the American Music Awards for the ‘Favorite Pop/Rock Single.’
‘Slippery When Wet’ was also listed in the book, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’ On top of that, it also made it to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of the ‘Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.’
Bon Jovi released another number-one record, ‘New Jersey’ in 1989. It sold over eighteen million copies globally and brought them massive success throughout the world including Japan where the record won two Japan Gold Disc Awards. The record also yielded five Top 10 hits, which set a new record for the ‘Most Top 10 Singles Spawned by a Hard Rock Album.’ ‘New Jersey’ was also approved by critics as AllMusic gave it four and a half stars out of five.
The success of ‘New Jersey’ encouraged Bon Jovi to release more music. They then released albums like, ‘Keep the Faith,’ ‘These Days,’ ‘Crush,’ ‘Bounce’ and ‘Have a Nice Day’ all of which sold millions of copies in the United States. These albums featured many iconic songs like, It’s My Life and Bed of Roses all of which were written by the principal songwriters of the band, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Bon Jovi has produced thirteen studio albums. Since 2005, the band has gone on to spawn four consecutive chart-topping studio efforts, ‘Lost Highway,’ ‘The Circle,’ ‘What About Now’ and ‘This House is Not for Sale.’ ‘Lost Highway’ achieved platinum level sales in the United States. The record was influenced by country rock music and it earned them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ in 2008.
The quintet has also released three live and fourteen video albums. They also have four compilation records under their belt out of which ‘Cross Road’ sold in excess of twenty-one million copies worldwide. It also spawned a single, Always which spent an impressive six months on the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
Bon Jovi Ticket Prices
2017 has been a rocking year for Bon Jovi. They not only toured North and Latin America in support of their album, ‘This House is Not for Sale’ but were also nominated for an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 5th. Now, the band is ready to make its fans dance to its explosive live performances. So, if you want to enjoy their concert live then check for Bon Jovi ticket prices here.