The widely popular Bon Jovi, led by Jon Bon Jovi, has been active since 1983 with only momentary breaks sprinkled in the bands, lifetime. In 1986, the band gained their star power
with the album Slippery When Wet. They also have a long career with many notable songs that are instantly associated with them. “Livin’ on a Prayer” is the quintessential Bon Jovi song closely followed by, “Wanted
Dead or Alive,” “Bed of Roses,” “Keep the Faith,” “Always,” “Everyday,” “Bad Medicine,” among others. Their most recent hit is “We Weren’t Born to Follow.” After their extensive touring in the late eighties, Bon Jovi
took a brief and well deserved hiatus. Two of the members, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, released successful solo albums during this pause in the Bon Jovi career.
Upon re-entering the studio together in 1992, the
band released their fifth album, Keep the Faith, and showed their appreciation for their roots by playing small venues in New Jersey which launched their career. Despite the public’s interest shifting more toward
grunge in the nineties, Bon Jovi pushed out multiple successful albums and was awarded Double Platinum status by the RIAA. In the UK and Australia, they debuted in the number one spot of both music charts. During the
release of Cross Road, the first line-up change occurred with long time bassist Alec John Such leaving the band to be unofficially replaced by Hugh McDonald whom previously played bass on their song “Runaway.” Since
then, Bon Jovi has released albums, some original and others compilations which have all received respectable reviews from critics and younger audiences alike.