Learning about the interests and obsessions of others is a great way to get to know someone. With that in mind, today I am going to share with you my favorite band.
In 1983, Jon Bon Jovi started getting radio play in New York and New Jersey, his home state, for the song “Runaway.” Due to its success, he was told to put a band together to promote it. After having a few temporary players, the lineup became Richie Sambora on guitar, David Bryan on keyboards, Tico Torres on drums, and Alec Jon Such on bass until he was dismissed in 1994. (Hugh McDonald has filled in since that time, but is not an official member.) Things fell into place from there and the band’s self-titled debut album was released on January 21, 1984. In 1986, they released the smash hit Slippery When Wet. It went on to break several sales records and is still one of the top grossing rock albums of all time. 30 years later, they have sold nearly 140 MILLION albums and are a worldwide phenomenon.
They have 11 studio albums: (in order by release) Bon Jovi, 7800˚ Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day, Lost Highway, The Circle. 2 live albums (One Wild Night Live: 1985 – 2001; Inside Out), 1 official greatest hits album (Bon Jovi Greatest Hits), 1 compilation album (Cross Road), 1 acoustic album (This Left Feels Right) and 1 box set (100,000,000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong). Their 12th studio album is set to be released in March, 2013.
If you had to pick three:
If you aren’t familiar with them, other than the usual arena anthems, I would recommend picking up one album from each era.
1. 80s: New Jersey (This was the follow up to Slippery When Wet. There are hits you will know and then some)
2. 90s: Keep the Faith (The only other album they released in the 90s was These Days, also a favorite.)
3. 00s: The Circle (This is their latest album and most relevant to what they are and have been about in recent years. It’s a bit of a political album and is all about standing up for the working man.)