Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead vocalist and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald. The band’s line-up has remained mostly static during their 26-year history, the only exception being the departure of Alec John Such in 1994, who was unofficially took the place by Hugh McDonald. The group have become known for writing several rock anthems, and achieved widespread recognition with their third record Slippery When Wet, issued in 1986. Bon Jovi is well-known for songs including “Livin’ on a Prayer”, which has become their signature song, as well as “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Bad Medicine”, “Keep the Faith”, “Bed of Roses”, “Always”, “It’s My Life”, “Everyday” and “Have a Nice Day”. Their latest hit single is “We Weren’t Born To Follow”.
After prolifically giving concerts and recording at a time of the late 1980s, the lineup went on hiatus not long after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both put forth successful solo albums. In 1992, the ensemble came back with the record Keep the Faith and have since conspired successful units throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Their 2000 single “It’s My Life”, which followed a second hiatus, successfully connected the lineup to a younger audience. Bon Jovi have been known to use different styles in their music, which have ranged to country for their 2007 record Lost Highway. Their latest album, The Circle, was released on 10 November 2009 in the United States.
Throughout their career, the ensemble have gave us eleven studio albums, two compilation units and one live album, and have sold over 130 million records worldwide. They have performed more than 2,600 performances in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans, and were inducted into the UK music Hall of Fame in 2006. The group was also honored with the Award of Merit at the American material Awards in 2004, and as songwriters and collaborators, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.