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|Also Known As:||John Francis Bongiovi||Died:|
|Born:||March 2, 1962||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||singer, actor, songwriter|
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uniting longtime fans and newfound fans alike, Bon Jovi continued to reign supreme as one of the all-time most profitable touring bands, completing another international tour and releasing a related album, One Wild Night Live, 1985-2001. In the aftermath of 9/11, the band lent their time, funds and performances to raising money to benefit victims of the attack and relief workers, including appearing in the Madison Square Garden Concert for New York. Continuing to act, Bon Jovi recurred as a love interest for "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and starred as a slayer in "Vampires: Los Muertos" (2002). Musically, the band followed up with 2002¿s Bounce, which spawned the Grammy-nominated hit "Everyday;" reworked and recorded 12 of their greatest hits for 2003¿s This Left Feels Right; and released a milestone retrospective piece, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can¿t Be Wrong, in 2004 which commemorated the 20th anniversary of their first record.The year 2005 brought another LP, Have a Nice Day, which sent the band in a new direction, with the title cut becoming a minor hit and a second single, "Who Says You Can¿t Go Home" becoming a Grammy-winning, country No. 1 as a duet between Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles of...
uniting longtime fans and newfound fans alike, Bon Jovi continued to reign supreme as one of the all-time most profitable touring bands, completing another international tour and releasing a related album, One Wild Night Live, 1985-2001. In the aftermath of 9/11, the band lent their time, funds and performances to raising money to benefit victims of the attack and relief workers, including appearing in the Madison Square Garden Concert for New York. Continuing to act, Bon Jovi recurred as a love interest for "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) and starred as a slayer in "Vampires: Los Muertos" (2002). Musically, the band followed up with 2002¿s Bounce, which spawned the Grammy-nominated hit "Everyday;" reworked and recorded 12 of their greatest hits for 2003¿s This Left Feels Right; and released a milestone retrospective piece, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can¿t Be Wrong, in 2004 which commemorated the 20th anniversary of their first record.
The year 2005 brought another LP, Have a Nice Day, which sent the band in a new direction, with the title cut becoming a minor hit and a second single, "Who Says You Can¿t Go Home" becoming a Grammy-winning, country No. 1 as a duet between Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland. Although their subsequent tour was shorter than their previous ones, it became another monster success, grossing almost $200 million, and serving as the perfect entrée to their 2006 induction into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. Their mainstream chart momentum slowed a bit with 2007¿s Lost Highway, which sent them farther into country music, but earned them considerable critical acclaim, including a CMT Music Award for "Till We Ain¿t Strangers Anymore" and a Grammy nomination for the record as well as for its lead single, "(You Want to) Make a Memory." The subsequent tour, however, broke all their previous records, becoming the highest grossing tour of 2008 with more than $200 million in sales, according to Billboard.
In 2007, Jon Bon Jovi hosted "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and appeared as a mentor on "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) in an episode where all the contestants performed his band¿s music. A documentary on Bon Jovi, "When We Were Beautiful" (2009), debuted to acclaim, and that same year saw the release of The Circle, a return to rock after their country detour. In 2010, special editions of all Bon Jovi albums from 1984 to 2007 were re-released as well as a double-album greatest hits set, and the band embarked on what Billboard ranked as the most profitable tour of 2010, earning almost $150 million. Something of a national treasure by this time, whose music was part of pop culture consciousness and a well respected elder statesman of rock, Jon Bon Jovi continued to enjoy multiple opportunities and enormous goodwill, including a funny, self-lampooning guest spot on "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ). Fans were delighted to hear that Bon Jovi, who had so often turned in excellent performances in underrated or lower-profile films, had nabbed a plum role as a rocker in the ensemble romantic dramedy "New Year¿s Eve" (2011).
By Jonathan Riggskthrough. Powered by such arena-rocking sing-a-longs like the No. 1 hits "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin¿ on a Prayer" and the power ballad "Wanted Dead or Alive," the record showcased Bon Jovi at their best and earned the band tons of MTV play, catapulting them to superstardom. A global smash, Slippery was named the top-selling album of the year and earned them an MTV Music Award, American Music Award and People¿s Choice Award.
So massive was their success that they headlined England¿s "Monsters of Rock" festival and continued their unparalleled career-long trend of embarking on a demanding but immensely lucrative touring schedule. Due to the band¿s success spearheaded by Bon Jovi and Sambora, the two were tapped to work with Cher on her self-titled 1987 album, which yielded the hit "We All Sleep Alone" and a lengthy professional collaboration with the singer. Going from strength to strength, the band¿s follow-up, 1988¿s New Jersey was another smash, hitting No. 1 and notching two No. 1 singles, "Bad Medicine" and "I¿ll Be There for You" as well as three Top Ten hits, "Born to Be My Baby," "Lay Your Hands on Me" and the too-racy-for-MTV "Living in Sin." After an enormously successful worldwide tour, they were chosen by the Soviet Union to become the first band officially sanctioned to play in the USSR, and their album was released on the national record label.
Reaching the pinnacle of musical success in so many ways, Bon Jovi had capitalized by touring nonstop and pouring themselves into the music and performances, but as the 1990s dawned and the landscape changed toward a more serious Seattle sound, each member went his own way. Jon recorded a solo album, 1990¿s Blaze of Glory, which served as the soundtrack for the Gen X Western "Young Guns II" (1990) and featured guests like Elton John and Little Richard. He also had his first taste of acting with a cameo as a doomed gunslinger. The title track not only went to No. 1, but won a Golden Globe and an American Music Award as well as nominations for an Oscar and Grammy. At the peak of his powers, Bon Jovi fired his management team and took the reins himself, and the band retreated to the Caribbean to vent, decompress and process their massive past success as they evaluated their uncertain future. A united front, they reunited to record 1992¿s Keep the Faith, which debuted to a very different world than that of their heyday. Grunge had replaced the glam "hair rock" of the 1980s, and Bon Jovi made headlines when he cut his trademark long tresses. Although musical tastes had irrevocably shifted, the band managed to evolve while maintain their roots. The album was still a modest success and earned them minor hits with the title track, "Bed of Roses" and "In These Arms." They recorded an acclaimed "MTV Unplugged" (MTV, 1989- ) appearance and embarked on yet another international tour. Their greatest hits set "Cross Road" (1994) launched a new smash cut, "Always," that became the band¿s all-time best-selling single.
After years fielding offers and speculation about his acting interests, Bon Jovi, who began to study acting in 1990, made his well-received acting debut in "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995) as the house painter who turns the heads of Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kathleen Turner and, in particular, Elizabeth Perkins. After 1995¿s These Days was a modest success and notched one minor hit, "This Ain¿t a Love Song," the band again completed an incredibly lucrative world tour. When the dust settled, the members elected to take a two-year hiatus from the band to pursue their individual interests. Back onscreen, Bon Jovi was tapped again for the complicated role of "The Leading Man" (1996) as a seductively mercenary actor who is willing to do anything to further his career. The following year, he released a solo album Destination Anywhere and filmed a 48-minute short companion film co-starring Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Whoopi Goldberg. He followed with a turn as an alcoholic bartender who falls for Annabella Sciorra in "Little City" (1997) and garnered praise for his work as the handyman boyfriend of waitress Lauren Holly in Edward Burns¿s "No Looking Back" (1998).
Next up, Bon Jovi appeared in an episode of "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) and earned prominent supporting roles in the submarine drama "U-571" (2000) and as Helen Hunt¿s abusive ex-husband in the uplifting tearjerker "Pay it Forward" (2000). The band reunited and returned to the charts with 2000¿s Crush, which spawned a hit, "It¿s My Life," that served as an update of "Livin¿ on a Prayer." A modest success, the LP earned two Grammy nominations and inspired VH1 to devote an episode of "Behind the Music" (VH1, 1997- ) to the band. Successfully
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Received an honorary degree from Monmouth University in May 2001.
"How many guys would have left their wives when they found fame and fortune? Why would I get rid of my wife for, you know, Michelle Pfeiffer? It would be a stupid move. How many guys would have left their friends, fired the band? I haven't, because these were people who believed in me seventeen years ago. I wouldn't be able to sleep or go on if I didn't acknowledge them and give back to the people who gave to me. There's a lot of people, executive types, who say to me, 'Why go backwards? You're getting all this acclaim now.' I'll tell you why: because none of it is going backwards." --Jon Bon Jovi in Interview, February 1998
"I don't want to be Elvis in a white suit. It's something that hit me last summer when I was doing multiple nights in a stadium. It was an unbelievable time, but if it meant I was only there because people were coming to hear the hits, then I'd rather walk away and try it in a different way." --Bon Jovi in The Boston Globe, May 30, 1997
"This is the way I look at sex scenes. I have basically been doing them for a living for years. Trying to seduce an audience is the basis of rock'n'roll. And if I may say so, I'm pretty good at it. ... Plus, being married and monogamous, it's the closet thing I can do to having sex without getting in trouble for it. ... The only thing I like more than my wife is my money. And I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure. And you can quote me on that." --Bon Jovi quoted in Movieline, February 1998
After working with Jon Bon Jovi, Elizabeth Perkins told US (August 1995): "I finally grasp the concept of the word 'groupie'."
"I'm telling you it's Christmas every day, it really truly is. I'm the luckiest guy in the whole second grade." --Jon Bon Jovi in US, August 1995.
"Everybody's going to have their baby pictures to regret. For me, looking at the 80s is like looking back at pictures from the disco era. I think maybe I should have stuck to a pair of Levi's jeans and not been the king of long hair. But that's how things worked out. You survive it and move on." --Bon Jovi in US, August 1995.
"I was a little gigolo when I was 17. And I had older women picking me up when I was 15. So, I've been around the block a time or two, you know?" --Jon Bon Jovi to US, August 1995.
"I am the whitest man in America. No rhythm whatsoever. If I were going to be a rapper, my name would be DW Toast - Dry White Toast."- Jon Bon Jovi US Weekly October 28, 2002
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