If you’re a Bon Jovi fan, then you know the group goes all the way back to 1975 when they all started out making music wherever they could, sending out demos and playing locally just to get their names out. Music was their passion that drove them all to the fame they have today. Before they were famous though, it was a rough ride. Jon Bon Jovi’s first break through wasn’t until Runaway in 1983 that was played at a local radio station in New York, and eventually spread to other stations and locations. It still wasn’t the hit of success he wanted, but more of a close target with limited funds. Then in 1984 after the group had officially formed in 1983, their first album “Bon Jovi” was released, making another dent in the music industry that lead to the following album of 7800 Fahrenheit. The ball still wasn’t rolling though until 1986 when they released “Slippery When Wet”, selling over 28 million copies world wide. After that, the rest was history.
With Jon Bon Jovi as the lyricist for about ninety percent of the songs, they went on to make album after album, making hand over fists of money up until 1994. After the release of Cross Road, the bassist Alec John Such finally had left the band for unresolved conflicts with Jon Bon Jovi and was never replaced, then leaving the band with four members including Jon’s best friend Richie Sambora along with the drummer Tico Torres and pianist David Bryan. After Such left, the band then decided to take a five year break to breathe and refocus after other inside issues surfaced from the absence of Alec John Such. The fame and stress that came along with it became too much.
Six years later, the four of them returned to work in 2000, revamping their music with an awesome comeback from the album Crush, then Bounce. And even though Richie Sambora was going through a divorce that was finalized in 2007, the band kept making music and touring around the world.
Outside of the music industry, Jon has been running a small restaurant in NJ where he grew up called The Soul Kitchen since 2011 and still owns the football team Philadelphia Soul in partnership with Richie Sambora.
They’re a tough team who have been through a lot over the past thirty years, but just from a personal stand point and looking at all the history and turn of events they’ve embarked as a group and in their personal lives, they’ve been confronting many new obstacles just to keep that same momentum going with new members on board and the leave of Richie Sambora earlier this year. Jon and Richie aren’t the same characters they were thirty years ago as teenagers. They’ve both grown and changed in the public eye with their music, marriage, children, and divorce. And, even though they’ve been through a lot together, it may be time to go their separate ways into production or other avenues of the music industry.
Whether it’s temporary or final, no one knows for certain accept Jon and Richie. What we do know is that now there are only three original band members continuing to tour with their new album “What About Now” along with some new guys to fill in the gaps. With only Jon, Tico, and Dave left, they’re still touring with the new album, but they’ll need to either get Richie back, bring in a new guy for good, or hope their music doesn’t fade. They’ve been around for three decades and have had great success and influence. But unless Richie comes back, they could end up being like the new Guns N Roses who just can’t replace the old school sound we loved back in the 80’s, in any way. As times change, so do people and the music they listen to. In other words, it may just be time to throw in the towel.