Bon Jovi Tickets
Rock icons of the 1980s tend to have a bad rap. After all, it is the era of "big hair", screaming guitars, but not much musical originality. This is why the long lifespan of the band known as Bon Jovi is so impressive. Certainly one of the top 80s bands, they are still rocking along today, packing arenas and selling out to massive audiences of many ages. (read more below)
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Since 1975, Bon Jovi has been an official band. Their first successful album was their third studio set, released in 1987 under the name "Slippery When Wet". It was a global phenomenon that seemed to never be off the airwaves. According to Billboard, it was the top selling album of 1987.
To date, the band has released 12 albums, sold over 120 million albums around the world, and has done more than 2,500 concert performances. It is believed that they have been seen by more than 35 million fans during that time, and the band has won many awards, received all kinds of honors, and garnered several generations of fans.
This is pretty impressive when you consider that they were a classic garage band from New Jersey. Meeting in their teens, the members of the band started out with nightclub and bar gigs before getting a break in the mid-1980s. They caught the eye of a record executive and were given a chance to make their first album. It was not a failure, but it didn't go beyond #37 on the Billboard charts.
They decided to hire a pro for their third album and that is when they literally flew off the charts. They experienced some tumultuous times after that and the band actually took over its own management in the early 1990s. This resulted in their album called "Keep the Faith," which was another huge success.
Throughout the years that followed the band would again experience a lot of ups and downs. Jon Bon Jovi himself would do some acting and other members of the band did some successful solo gigs and projects.
Their style has evolved over time, which is why they keep grabbing new fans all of the time. Rather than sticking to the 80s "hair metal", the group has become a good blend of pop, hard, and even what is known as arena rock. They are still going strong and remaining popular throughout the world, and are a "must see" band in a live setting.
Billboard. "1987." 2011. Billboard. 2013