Bon Jovi is the band that has proven adept at moving between the genres. They come up as a glam rock band and now are popular as a straight rock and pop rock quartet. In the beginning, Bon Jovi tickets were all about seeing a band with a heavy, driving band and a guitar solos that would give the listener whiplash. Now, these same concerts are about watching a group of veterans provide just as intense an experience, but without turning the dials all the way to 11.
This group is first and foremost associated with its lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi. Born and raised John Bongiovi, the band would take his name reluctantly following the success of Van Halen. It turns out this collection of musicians – Jon as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Richie Sambora as the lead guitarist, Tico Torres as the drummer, David Bryan as the keyboard player, and Alec John Such as the bassist – also happened to be hair metal rockers. It followed that since the band had begun to score minor hits as Bon Jovi the time to change the name had passed.
Regardless of the name, the group that released Slippery When Wet would become huge stars. Bon Jovi would spend the next four years on the road in the recording studio. Slippery When Wet had gone diamond and had given up the hits “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” andNew Jersey, the follow up album, had given up another 7-time platinum certification and hits like “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”.
This could have been it for the band, but instead each of the band members went on an impromptu hiatus for a couple years. All but Such would return and the Bon Jovi began adjusting the arena rock sound for the new decade, becoming the band to make the MTV Unplugged series a cultural phenomenon. Keep the Faith, Cross Road, and These Days would not quite match the album sales or the singles production of the previous efforts, but Bon Jovi concert tickets more than made up for any drop in sales in stores. A hiatus would follow, this time planned, and the group came back with “It’s My Life” and Crush. Since then, the band has dabbled with country, but now they are back with rock and the album What About Now, ready to embark on the Because We Can tour.