Being an rock ‘n’ roll staple for three decades now, Bon Jovi has been one of the most legendarily successful bands in the genre. Fans may disagree about the best phase of the band’s career and the record of merits they have earned till date. But the fact remains that Bon Jovi have had a remarkable stamina in winning the crowd.
How much do you really know about the band? We have listed some intriguing facts below:
1). Jon Bon Jovi refined his musical skills while working at New York’s Power Station Studio, which was co-owned by his cousin Tony. In the same studio, he recorded his first professional R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas’, which released on the ‘Star Wars’-themed album ‘Christmas in the Stars’.
2). Bon Jovi’s early signature song ‘Runaway’ was recorded with a pickup band that was nicknamed – All Star Review. The band consisted of musicians who were merely hanging out in the studio, including the Scandal drummer Frankie LaRocka, future Bon Jovi bass player Hugh McDonald and E Street Band legend Roy Bittan.
3). The band decided to call themselves Johnny Electric, until a wise friend suggested that they follow Van Halen’s example and take their leader’s last name as their own. The band was then named Bon Jovi.
4). The title of Bon Jovi’s second album, ‘7800 Fahrenheit’, was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’. The book was named after the temperature at which books catch fire, while the album depicted ‘7800 Fahrenheit’ – the melting point of most rocks.
5). Bon Jovi almost gave their first No. 1 single – ’You Give Love a Bad Name’, to Canadian rockers Loverboy before co-writers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora decided to keep the track for themselves.
6). Bon Jovi’s fourth album, 1988’s ‘New Jersey’ (named after their home state), was the first rock album released in the pre-Glasnost U.S.S.R.
7). ‘In These Arms,’ from 1992’s ‘Keep the Faith,’ was co-written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and keyboard player David Bryan. David loved the song so much that he re-recorded it twice. First was an instrumental for his 1995 solo debut, ‘On a Full Moon’, followed by a version with vocals for his next solo outing – ‘Lunar Eclipse’, in 2000.
8). Most American fans known Bon Jovi from their No. 1 80s albums ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘New Jersey’. But in Europe, Australia and Japan, they’re most famous for 2000’s ‘Crush,’ which sold nearly twice as many copies overseas.
9). Before making a bid for the Buffalo Bills, Jon Bon Jovi owned the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He also shot a video with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway in 2005.
10). In 2013, guitarist Richie Sambora went undercover at New York’s Chelsea Market to play a few notes and collect funds for the MusiCares charity.