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Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet, Or Even When Touring

Feb 5, 2008
Bon Jovi have been on the go as a rock band for 24 years, and at the top of their game for just as long. Formed in 1983 by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres, Bon Jovi have amassed record sales and adulation the world over, and have been reponsible for some of the most memorable rock tracks produced throughout the 1980's and 1990's.

Their first two albums released in their first two years sold at mediocre levels; Bon Jovi only reaching number 71 in the UK - although 7800° Fahrenheit faired sightly better at number 28. But it wasn't until the release of Slippery When Wet in 1986, and New Jersey two years later, that they really hit the big time. These albums sold 19 million copies and earned them eight top ten single hits; to put it another way, they launched the band into stratospheric stardom.

With the success of these albums also came a heavy touring schedule, which saw them travel the world almost constantly over the next two years. They eventually took a break in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums.

In 1992 the band returned to the music scene as though they had never left, with the hugely successful Keep the Faith album, and have since gone on to regularly and consistently release further albums, all them going platinum.

In 2006 they won their first Grammy with Who Says You Can't Go Home, for Best Country Collaboration with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland. They also became the first rock band to reach number 1 in the Hot Country Songs chart with the same song.

Throughout their career, the band released ten studio albums, and in addition charted 19 singles that made it into the Top 40, four of which landed at number 1: You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer, Bad Medicine and I'll Be There for You.

Bon Jovi also hold the record for the most weeks spent at number 1 for a hard rock album with Slippery When Wet, as well as the most Top 10 singles from a hard rock album with New Jersey, which charted five singles.

Over the past 24 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, 34 million of those in the United States alone, making them undisputably the kings of modern day rock and roll.

Discography (Studio Albums)

1984: Bon Jovi (#71 UK)
1985: 7800° Fahrenheit (#28 UK)
1986: Slippery When Wet (#6 UK)
1988: New Jersey (#1 UK)
1992: Keep the Faith (#1 UK)
1995: These Days (#1 UK)
2000: Crush (#1 UK)
2002: Bounce (#2 UK)
2005: Have a Nice Day (#2 UK)
2007: Lost Highway (#2 UK)

Forthcoming Dates

Jun 11, 2008: St. Mary's Stadium
Southhampton, United Kingdom

Jun 21, 2008: Hampden Park
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jun 22, 2008: City of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Jun 24, 2008: Ricoh Arena
Coventry, United Kingdom

Jun 25, 2008: Ashton Gate
Bristol, United Kingdom

Jun 27, 2008: Twickenham Stadium
London, United Kingdom

Over the past 24 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, 34 million of those in the United States alone, making them undisputably the kings of modern day rock and roll.
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