Bon Jovi, the rock band, was formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Band members include lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, bassist Hugh McDonald, drummer Tico Torres, keyboardist David Bryan and guitarist Richie Sambora. Bon Jovi became known for their rock anthems. They began to achieve widespread recognition after Slippery When Wet, their third album, was released in 1986.
Bon Jovi recorded and toured non stop in the late 1980s. Following their 1990, “New Jersey Tour” the band took a hiatus. During that time, both Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi released solo albums which were successful. The band returned in 1992 and released Keep the Faith. “It’s My Life,” the band’s 2000 hit single, came after a second hiatus and introduced the band successfully to younger audiences. Their country infused album Lost Highway was released in 2007 and The Circle, their latest album, was released in November 2009.
Bon Jovi, through their career, has released 11 studio albums, one live album and three compilation albums. The band has sold 130 million worldwide records and have performed over 2,600 concerts in more than 50 countries in front of over 34 million fans. At the 2004 American Music Awards, Bon Jovi received an Award of Merit. In 2009, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi became Songwriters Hall of Fame members.