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Jon Bon Jovi used to be a janitor at the recording studio his cousin owned.
Jon's mother was a playboy bunny.
Sambora was married to actress Heather Locklear from 1994-2007. He also dated Cher in 1990.
Jon Bon Jovi has appeared in several movies, including Young Guns II, Moonlight And Valentino, Little City, Homegrown, and Pay It Forward. Sambora was in On The Line and Stayin' Alive.
In 2001, Jon Bon Jovi gave the commencement speech at Monmouth University in New Jersey. He also received an honorary degree.
Jon Bon Jovi is good friends with Wrestling Superstar Diamond Dallas Page. They are both from New Jersey. (thanks, helen bailey - canton , OH)
Jon Bon Jovi's real name is John Francis Bongiovi. (thanks, arjun - ahmedabad, India)
In 2000, they became the last band ever to play at the old Wembley Stadium in London.
Despite selling over 100 million records worldwide, Bon Jovi have never had a #1 single in the UK. In 2004, viewers of VH1 voted for the best songs never to reach #1. Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" was #6 and "Always" was at #10. (thanks, julia - london, England, for above 2)
Jon Bon Jovi sang on the Star Wars Christmas album back in 1980. He is credited on the album as Jon Bongiovi. (thanks, Shawn - Parker, CO)
Sambora is colorblind to red, green, and brown. (thanks, kelsey - Des Moines, IA)
Sambora has released 2 solo albums: Stranger In This Town in 1991 and Undiscovered Soul in 1998. (thanks, Gavin - Colchester, England)
The band has a unique business relationship. Jon Bon Jovi is the only member signed to the record label, and the other members are considered his employees. This has worked out very well, as Jon makes the business decisions.
Jon Bon Jovi owns part of the Arena Football Team the Philadelphia Soul.
Alec John Such was fired from Bon Jovi in 1994 for poor live performances (although a "tell-all" interview he gave with Dave Ling may have played a part). Session musician Hugh McDonald has toured with Bon Jovi ever since. He had played on Bon Jovi's first single "Runaway" (as "Huey McDonald") and is credited on every album since These Days (1995). According to the Hugh McDonald website, Hugh has actually played on every Bon Jovi album since Slippery When Wet (1986). He is listed in the Thank Yous but not credited as the bassist.
Jon Bon Jovi has released two solo albums: Blaze of Glory (1990) and Destination Anywhere (1997). David Bryan has released two instrumental solo albums: On a Full Moon (1994) and Lunar Eclipse (2000). He has co-written several musicals including Memphis and The Toxic Avenger.
Tico Torres is also an artist who was held exhibitions for his paintings. He owns a fashion label that designs baby clothes. It's called Rock Star Baby. (thanks, Lee-Ann - Perth, Australia, for above 3)
Regular collaborator Desmond Child who has co-written on every Bon Jovi album since 1986's Slippery When Wet, released his very own solo album titled "Discipline" in 1991. The lead single "Love On A Rooftop" peaked in the US top 40 and was followed by another two singles "You're The Story Of My Life" and the Maria Vidal duet "Obsession" Richie Sambora and Tico Torres appear on the title track and "According To The Gospel Of Love."
The band have had four US #1 albums: Slippery When Wet in 1986, New Jersey in 1988, Lost Highway in 2007 and The Circle in 2009.
Dave "The Snake" Sabo was the original guitarist for Bon Jovi. He lasted only a few weeks and was replaced by Richie Sambora. He went to form Skid Row a few years later.
The debut self titled album was originally going to be called "Tough Talk" but the record company insisted it simply be titled "Bon Jovi." Other working titles for subsequent albums are:
"Wanted Dead Or Alive" - later became "Slippery When Wet"
"Sons Of Beaches" - later became "New Jersey"
"Revenge" - later became "Keep The Faith"
"Not Bad For 5 Guys From New Jersey", "Free Beer", "Elvis Is Dead But We're Not" - joke titles by a mischivious Richie Sambora, the album was titled Cross Road
"Open All Night" - became
"Sex Sells" - became "Crush" when the song of the same name didn't work out and was dropped from the track list.
Tico Torres is 5'6" tall making him the short member of the band. Jon Bon Jovi is 5'10" and Alec John Such is 5"9." (thanks, Gavin Radcliffe - Colchester, United Kingdom, for above 5)
Derek Shulman, who was an A&R rep at Mercury records, signed the band in 1982. From 1971-1980, Shulman was a member of Gentle Giant, a group that made very complex music that sounded nothing like Bon Jovi. Even though Gentle Giant never crossed over to the Pop charts, Derek developed an understanding of popular taste and what makes an artist successful. He told us: "I saw the drive and the ambition of Jon Bon Jovi, despite the fact that he could only sing 5 notes and most of them out of tune. However, I could see the drive that he had in him to make it." (Check out the full Gentle Giant interview with Derek and his brother Ray Shulman