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March 3, 2024

20 Vintage Photographs of Jon Bon Jovi on the Stage in the 1980s

Jon Bon Jovi began playing music in 1974, at the age of 13, when he formed his first band Raze and took part in a talent contest at his school. At 16, he formed a band called Atlantic City Expressway and was joined by David Bryan, who would later become a member of the Bon Jovi band. Still in his teens, Bon Jovi played in the band John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones, performing in clubs such as the Fast Lane and opening for local acts. By 1980, he had formed his first original band, the Rest, and opened up for New Jersey acts such as Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

In March 1983, Bon Jovi called bassist Alec John Such and Alec called an experienced drummer named Tico Torres and guitarist Richie Sambora. Bon Jovi, Sambora, Such, Bryan, and Torres became the founding members of Bon Jovi.

In 1984 and 1985, Bon Jovi released their first two albums and their debut single “Runaway” managed to crack the Top 40. In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which had sold 28 million copies worldwide as of 2011. Slippery When Wet included three Top 10 singles, two of which reached number one: “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

As of 2019, Bon Jovi has released 15 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums. They have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the bestselling American rock bands. Bon Jovi has performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Below are 20 amazing photographs of Jon Bon Jovi on the stage during the 1980s:


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