One of the key glam metal bands of the 1980s, Bon Jovi is particularly known for songs such as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive," and the album Slippery When Wet. By the 1990s, they had all but shed the glam sound and adopted a more general hard rock approach, a move that by the 2000s helped keep them one of the few still commercially successful former glam groups. Most recently in 2013, Bon Jovi went on tour in support of What About Now. If you're ready to hear classics from the extensive Bon Jovi catalouge, such as "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Always," or "It's My Life," then get your Bon Jovi concert tickets at TicketNetwork!
The genesis of Bon Jovi came in 1983 when lead man Jon Bongiovi was working at Power Station Studios and recorded a demo tape of the now popular song "Runaway." It began garnering a lot of airplay, and Bongiovi needed to recruit a full time band. In 1983, Bon Jovi was formed when guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres, and keyboardist David Bryan joined Bongiovi. The group signed with Mercury Records and released their debut album, Bon Jovi, in 1984. The album sold 3.5 million copies worldwide, and soon the band was opening for acts like ZZ Top, the Scorpions, and Kiss.
Their sophomore effort, 1985's 7800° Fahrenheit, was not initially a big seller. However, it didn't matter that the second album fell flat, because the success of the third record completely overshadowed the limited reception of its predecessor. Released in 1986, Slippery When Wet turned the band into an overnight sensation and catapulted them into superstardom. It sold an incredible 26 million copies, letting it reach the coveted diamond certification. Slippery When Wet contains the popular songs "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Livin' On a Prayer," which are still enjoyed by Bon Jovi fans to this day.
Their next album, New Jersey, was equally as popular as Slippery When Wet, and produced the singles "I'll Be There For You," "Lay your Hands on Me," and "Living in Sin." However, tour after tour was taking its toll, so the group took a brief break between 1990 and 1992. They came back stronger than ever with Keep the Faith, which includes singles like "Bed of Roses," "In These Arms," and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead."
In 1994 the band came out with their first greatest hits album, Cross Road, which also introduced the single "Always," which reached #4. 1995's These Days and 2000's Crush were more modest successes, as was their third compilation album This Left Feels Right. By the end of the century, the group had received numerous VMA, AMA, and WMA awards, and had released five multi-platinum albums. The 21st century brought two #2 and one #1 albums with Bounce, Have a Nice Day, and Lost Highway.
The band is known for their rigorous tour schedule, and in past years Bon Jovi concert tickets have sold well for a number of tours, including the Slippery When Wet Tour, the Keep the Faith Tour, and the These Days Tour. They also regularly appear at festivals. In 2013 the band released their latest album What About Now.