Bon Jovi has been a rock ‘n’ roll staple for three decades now. Fans may disagree about the best phase of the band’s career — and even the overall merits of the band itself — but the fact remains that Bon Jovi has had remarkable stamina, even with the official departure of guitarist, and Jon Bon Jovi’s main songwriting partner, Richie Sambora. But how much do you really know about the band? Dig deep into our list of Facts You May Not Know About Bon Jovi.
1. They Could Have Had A Terrible Name
Unbelievably, Bon Jovi was originally going to name themselves ‘Johnny Electric’, that is until a friend suggested they follow Van Halen’s example and take their lead singer’s name.
2. Jon Bon Jovi Is Not His Real Name
Did you know that Jon Bon Jovi’s real name is actually John Francis Bongiovi? His father was of Italian and Slovak ancestry, and his mother is of German and Russian descent.
3. Jon Bon Jovi’s First Ever Song Had A Star Wars Theme
Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi’s first professional track was called ‘R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. and was released on a Star Wars themed album called ‘Christmas in the Stars’.
4. The Band’s Lineup Has Changed Slightly Over The Years
Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi currently consists of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, lead guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The band’s lineup has remained mostly the same over the years, with the only exceptions being the 1994 dismissal of bass player Alec John Such who was replaced by Hugh McDonald, and the departure of longtime guitarist Richie Sambora in 2013.
5. The Band Belongs To Jon
Jon Bon Jovi actually owns the band, with the other members being his employees.
6. Their ‘Slippery When Wet’ Album Sold Rather Well
The Band’s 1986 album ‘Slippery When Wet’, which featured the classic singles ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, sold over 28 million copies.