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Bon Jovi is an American hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, including 36 million in the United States alone.

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 with lead singer John Francis Bongiovi Jr. aka Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. Other than the departure of Alec John Such in 1994 (which pared the lineup down to a quartet), the lineup has remained the same for the past 25 years. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with Slippery When Wet (1986) and New Jersey (1988), which sold a combined 19 million copies in the U.S. alone, charted eight Top Ten hits (including four number one hits), and launched the band into global super stardom.

After non-stop touring, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the double platinum Keep the Faith and has since created a string of platinum albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s.


Tropes include:

 I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back

I play for keeps, 'cause I might not make it back

  • Rockstar Song: "Wanted Dead Or Alive."
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: On December 19, 2011, rumors spread on the internet that Jon Bon Jovi had died. It got so widespread that news sites had to post articles confirming that he was not dead.
  • Scatting: The "na na na" chorus at the beginning and end of "Born to Be My Baby".
  • Shout-Out: From "It's My Life":

  "My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankie said, I did it my way."

  • Take That: "Last Man Standing" to music other than rock and roll.
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