Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed and named the band after lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, the group achieved great success in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years, Bon Jovi has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, of which 34 million have been sold in the US. Bon Jovi was formed in 1983 including lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. Except for the departure of John Alec Such in 1994 (leaving the group with only four members), the group has remained in the same line-up for the past 25 years.
Jon Bon Jovi started playing piano and guitar at the age of thirteen with his first band, the band Raze. He was admitted to a boys' school called St. High School Joseph in Metuchen, New Jersey, but later left the school to go to a public school called Sayreville War Memorial High School. At the age of sixteen, Bon Jovi met David Bryan (full name is David Bryan Rashbaum) and formed a dedicated music cover group Atlantic City Expressway. They play at the New Jersey club, even though they are minor characters. During his teenage years, Bon Jovi also played for John Bongiovi and the band Wild Ones, played at local clubs like "The Fast Lane" and was known to many of the locals.
In mid-1982, graduating and working part-time in a shoe store, Bon Jovi got a job in the Power Station Studios, a Manhattan record company where his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, was a fellow owner. Bon Jovi made a few demos (including one produced by Billy Squier), and sent it to several record companies, but failed to make an impression.
In 1983, Bon Jovi visited a local radio station WAPP 103.5FM "The Apple", in Lake Success, New York. He spoke directly to D.J., Chip Hobart, who asked Bon Jovi to let WAPP include "Runaway" in an edited album of local talent. And so Bon Jovi was reluctant to give them the song that the Bon Jovi group used a lot of studio musicians to harmonize (the song was written in 1980). The musicians who mix this song are known as "The All Star Review". They included guitarist Dave Sabo and Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka and bassist Hugh McDoanld. The song started playing on New York radio, then spread to a number of stations nearby. In March 1983, Bon Jovi invited two new members, bass guitarist Alec John Such and experienced drummer Tico Torress.
The main guitarist in the group was Jon Bon Jovi's neighbor, Dave Sabo (nicknamed The Snake), who later became a member of the heavy metal group Skid Row. At that time, Richie Sambora became the main guitarist. Before joining the group, Richie Sambora toured with Joe Cocker, played for the group called Mercy and was invited to audition by the group Kiss. He also played on the album Lessons with the band Message, which released the CD with Long Island Records in 1995. Drummer Tico Torress is also an experienced musician, having recorded and played with bands Phantom's Opera, The Marvelettes, and Chuck Berry. He has played on 26 records and more recently with Frankie and the Knockouts, a New Jersey band with several hits in the 1980s.
David Bryan left the band he and Jon Bon Jovi founded to study Pharmacy. While in college, he realized that he wanted to pursue music entirely, and he agreed to join Juilliard School, New York's music school. When Bon Jovi called for friends and wanted to rebuild a band and record perfectly, Bryan followed Bon Jovi and stopped studying.
As the band started out on expansive touring and participating in local talent competitions, the group caught the attention of studio operator Derek Shulman, who then sent them to Mercury Records, a set corporate division of PolyGram. Because the group needed a name, Jerry Jaffe, the A&R director at PolyGram, named the group Bon Jovi.
In 1985, Bon Jovi's second album 7800 ° Fahrenheit was released. As the group prepared for their extensive tour with the group Ratt, the album received low reviews from critics. UK's top rock metal newspaper Kerrang !, had a good impression of the group's debut album, calling it "listening to Bon Jovi's lyrics, we already know love and know how to love" . Jon Bon Jovi also said to himself afterward that they could and should have done better after that.
They asked composer Desmond Child for their third album Slippery When Wet. Co-authoring with Child on several of the group's hits, the band rose to superstar status around the world with songs ``You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin 'On A Prayer", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". The album has sold over 26 million copies worldwide since its release at the end of 1986. Entering 1987, the group opened the opening stage of the "Monsters of Rock'' festival in Great Britain with Dio, Metallica, W.A.S.P., Anthrax, and Cinderella. The tour that caused damage for the group was vocalist Jon Bon Jovi having trouble with his voice. High-pitched songs and busy schedules really ruined his voice. With the help of an expert in sound engineering, he also made it through the tour. And ever since then Jon Bon Jovi had to sing at a lower pitch than before.
Here are some quotes from him
1. “Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear”
2. “Falling in love is painful on the knees.”
3. “Map out your future, but do it in pencil.”
4. “You can't win 'til you're not afraid to lose”
5. “If you could see yourself the way that others do, you'd wish you were as beautiful as you.”
6. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”
7. “I'll be there forever and a day - AlwaysI'll be there till the stars don't shineTill the heavens burst andThe words don't rhymeAnd I know when I die, you'll be on my mindAnd I'll love you – Always”
8. “It's now or neverI ain't gonna live foreverI just wanna live while I'm aliveIt's my life”
9. “Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?”
10. “When the World Gets in my Face I say,Have a Nice Day.”
11. “Don't get too comfortable with who you are at any given time--- you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.”
12. “If you told me to cry for youI couldIf you told me to die for youI wouldTake a look at my faceThere's no price I won't payTo say these words to you”
13. “You don't need fancy sneakers to run fast”
14. “I'd rather die than fade away”
15. “When you're about to give up and your heart's about to break,remember that you're perfect,God makes no mistakes.”
16. “All I have is this guitar, these chords and the truth.”
17. “And I laughed so hard I think I died”
18. “You can't win until you're not afraid to lose.”
19. “I can't sing a love songLike the way it's meant to beWell, I guess I'm not that good anymoreBut baby, that's just me”
20. “Jersey girls have this inner glow that makes them more beautiful than any other girls.”
21. “It's a bitch and life's a rollercoaster ride.The ups and downs will make you scream sometimes.It's hard believing that the thrill is gone,But we gotta go around again, so let's hold on.- Lie to Me”
22. “I would kick this bad world's ass if I could just get on my feet”
23. “With an iron-clad fist, I wake up and French-kiss the morning.”
24. “Keep the faith”
25. “I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my backI play for keeps, 'cause I might not make it back;I been everywhere, and I'm standing tallI've seen a million faces an I've rocked them all.”
26. “You better stand tall when they're calling you out, don't bend, don't break, and don't back down!”
27. “Map out your future - but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.”
28. “When I was twenty-five, “Bad Name” was the shit. We were in the mall. We had that hair and those clothes. It was real. That was us, then. But I couldn’t do that today. I don’t think we could sit down to write “You Give Love A Bad Name” again. It would be crafting and it wouldn’t resonate.”
29. “RICHIE: Part of what I do and what I’ve always done, consciously, is really try to bring a good feeling to the organization. I’m not a guy who is shy about saying, “Hey, I love you,” and giving you a hug. If”
30. “RICHIE: When it comes down to Jon and I writing a song, it’s pure. We’re not thinking about business. We’ve written specific songs earlier in our careers saying, “This is going to work in an arena” or “This will work in a stadium.” They were specifically made to get the crowd ready, get everybody’s dander up, and deliver the knockout punch.”
31. “JON: Lost Highway was an introspective record because we took a look at ourselves and left ourselves open to scrutiny by sharing those situations and feelings beyond the four of us. It was a great growth record. We were in a place where we had something to write about and turn our lives into big, broad subject matter.”
32. “RICHIE: My journey has been steadfast: to be Jon’s right-hand man. First and foremost, I try to always be there for him, as a friend, on a musical level, and from a business standpoint where he can use me as a mirror for himself. We’ve always looked to Frank and Dean. Frank was the Chairman and Dean was the right-hand man. That’s the way it was. It was a dynamic duo.”
33. “JON: With the New Jersey record, I refused to have anyone think all this was luck. We wanted to show that with the first two records there was something there, and even though the third one did pay off—big time—I was going to keep fighting to make sure you knew I could do this again and again and again. We weren’t going to be a one-hit wonder. There”
34. “RICHIE: Management came to us and said, “Do you wanna do another seventy shows?” And we went, “We gotta stop, man.” That decision was a crucial point in the band’s career. We were just a mess—emotionally, physically. Life had changed drastically from three years prior. And in that three years’ window, we were in the cocoon of a tour. Trying to fit back into life after that was the tricky part, I think. Everybody was going through growing pains. JON:”
35. “Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.”
Between 1990 and 1992, the band members temporarily took their own separate ways to gather together before writing and recording a new album. This break also helped them define the right direction for Bon Jovi in the face of the rapidly changing music scene when they returned Jon Bon Jovi also recorded a solo album, a soundtrack for the movie Young Guns II, better known as Blaze of Glory (which included his short appearance). Released in 1990, the album features collaborations from big names like Elton John, Little Richard, and Jeff Beck. The album was very successful in terms of sales, received positive responses and quickly achieved platinum. The song "Blaze of Glory", climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Jon an Oscar nomination for Best Song. Blaze of Glory has been awarded the Golden Globe Award.
Bon Jovi is a band that has a strong influence on the Rock movement around the world. Hailing from New Jersey, USA and led by leader Jon Bon Jovi, the band was accomplished and was one of the most successful groups of the 1980s. Compared to contemporary groups, they composed songs that praised the working class. "Born to be my baby" is one of the best songs on the subject. The song tells that eternal love will make life worth living and help people overcome the chaos of human beings. With the powerful chorus, climax and great order, "Born to be my baby" deserves to be one of the ten most memorable songs of Bon Jovi.