Jon Bon Jovi
American musician
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the founder, occasional rhythm guitarist, and lead singer of rock band Bon Jovi, which was named after him. During his career, he has released two solo albums and eleven studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide.
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Interview: Al Gore on commiserating with Hillary, fake news, and Trump's climate views
Yahoo News - 3 months
Imagine being a fly on this wall: Former vice president Al Gore commiserated with Hillary Clinton about her unexpected presidential election loss, he told Mashable in a recent interview.  On the election, if there is anyone who can empathize with Clinton's predicament, it's Gore—the only other living person who earned more popular votes while also losing the Electoral College, and therefore, the presidency, when he ran in 2000 against George W. Bush.  Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by former Vice President Al Gore, left, takes the stage for a rally in Miami, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Image: andrew harnik/ap “I spoke to her in general terms after the election, just because of our relationship, and just commiserated with her," Gore told Mashable in an interview on Sunday. The former vice-president, a vocal proponent of Clinton during the 2016 election, also campaigned for her in Florida, Colorado and other key states over the last year. "But I’m not sure she needs advice from me on ho ...
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Bon Jovi donates $5,000 to restore Ben Franklin's grave
CNN - 3 months
Benjamin Franklin's tombstone has developed a significant crack due to age, and a GoFundMe campaign was launched to help save it.
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Bon Jovi Contributes $5,000 to Repair Ben Franklin's Gravestone
ABC News - 3 months
The fundraising effort has been successful.
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Bon Jovi Earns a No. 1 Album the Old-Fashioned Way: Sales
NYTimes - 3 months
The New Jersey band debuted at the top of the Billboard chart, while Rae Strummard hit a new peak thanks to millions of streams.
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They're with her: Springsteen, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi lift their voices for Clinton in final push
LATimes - 4 months
Election day 2016 live updates: How and where to watch the results tonight Nov. 8, 2016, 3:04 p.m. The U.S. will elect its 45th president today. Here's what we're watching now: The race to 270: We've projected Hillary Clinton will win with 352 electoral votes. We have full national and California...
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Clinton team and Jon Bon Jovi take Mannequin Challenge: 'Don't stand still, vote'
CNN - 4 months
Time stood still for a minute on Hillary Clinton's campaign plane Monday.
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Clinton Kicks Off Election Day With Rally
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Hillary Clinton kicked off Election Day with an early morning rally in battleground North Carolina alongside her husband and daughter and rock stars Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi.
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Tumultuous period for the band inspires new Bon Jovi album
Fox News - 4 months
Jon Bon Jovi has been waiting for a cue from Mick Jagger to know when it's time hang up his microphone.
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Jon Bon Jovi Prefers Being Home to Touring
ABC News - 4 months
How the rocker balances stardom and life at home with his wife and four kids.
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Hillary Clinton Taps Jay Z To Urge Young Black Americans To Vote
Huffington Post - 4 months
Jay Z’s getting (more) political.  On Monday, Clinton’s campaign announced that the hip hop mogul will perform alongside unannounced special guests on Nov. 4 during a get-out-the-vote concert in Cleveland. The concert’s purpose is to encourage and urge young black “Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on Election Day,” a Clinton spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Jay Z’s Cleveland concert is one of several performances sponsored by the campaign leading up to this year’s election, including Jennifer Lopez’s performance in Miami (Oct. 29), Jon Bon Jovi’s performance in Pennsylvania and Florida (Oct. 27 and Nov. 5), and Katy Perry’s performance in Pennsylvania (Nov. 5).  While a specific venue for Jay’s concert has yet to be announced, fans can sign up for free tickets at via Hillary Clinton’s website.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distribu ...
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Promoter AEG, Bon Jovi and the Dalai Lama
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
An incident involving U.S. promoter AEG, rock band Bon Jovi and the Dalai Lama illustrates the difficulties and quirks that Western entertainment companies contend with in China.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Bon Jovi
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 51
    However, in June 2014, it was confirmed that he along with a sports ownership group from Toronto were intending to bid on the team.
    More Details Hide Details Jon Bon Jovi and his ownership group did manage to make it to the final round of bidding, but the team would eventually be sold to Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Studio albums Compilation albums
  • 2013
    Age 50
    In late 2013, it was rumored that Jon Bon Jovi would enter the race to bid for the Buffalo Bills following the death of long-time owner Ralph Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details Bon Jovi denied the rumors.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 48
    In 2011, Bon Jovi expressed interest in purchasing 15% of the Atlanta Falcons for 150 million dollars.
    More Details Hide Details Bon Jovi describes himself as a recovering Catholic.
  • 2010
    Age 47
    On December 15, 2010, Bon Jovi was appointed by Barack Obama to the new White House Council for Community Solutions.
    More Details Hide Details Bon Jovi's efforts with his own The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in recent years have resulted in creative public/private partnerships as well as more than 260 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families. In addition to providing advice to the President on solving specific community needs, the White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities. Bon Jovi's voter registration indicates that he is unaffiliated.
    In 2010, President Barack Obama named Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions.
    More Details Hide Details He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001. John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of two former Marines, barber John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Playboy Bunny turned florist Carol (Sharkey). He has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew. His father was of Italian (from Sciacca, Sicily) and Slovak ancestry and his mother is of German and Russian descent. He has stated that he is a blood relative of singer Frank Sinatra. Bon Jovi was raised Catholic. He spent summers in Erie, Pennsylvania, with his grandparents, and sold newspapers. As a child, John attended St. Joseph High School, in Metuchen, New Jersey, during his freshman and sophomore years. He later transferred to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin, New Jersey.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    On June 24, 2009, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Andy Madadian recorded a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran.
    More Details Hide Details The handwritten Persian sign in the video translates to "we are one".
    On June 4, 2009, Bon Jovi performed an acoustic benefit show for democratic Governor Jon Corzine at the NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey.
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    On Sunday, January 18, 2009, Bon Jovi performed a duet at the Obama Inauguration Concert of the Sam Cooke classic "A Change is Gonna Come" with Bettye LaVette.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    In 2008, Jon Bon Jovi supported Barack Obama for President, even holding an exclusive fundraiser at his home for him; he also played a 2009 Manhattan fundraiser for now Secretary of State Clinton to lessen some of her $6.3 million campaign debt.
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    Bon Jovi also played as a part of the Live Earth concert at the Meadowlands in 2007, and was introduced by former Vice President Al Gore.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (formerly the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation) was founded in 2006 and exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair.
    More Details Hide Details Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships, they support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. On October 19, 2011, they opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant where patrons pay what they can afford for their meal, either with money or by volunteering work. He is one of 21 artists singing on "Everybody Hurts", a charity single organized by Simon Cowell aiding victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    In 2006, Bon Jovi made a $1 million donation to build 28 Habitat homes in Louisiana in partnership with low-income families on the hurricane-stricken coast.
    More Details Hide Details In July, 2007, Bon Jovi announced a project that will rehabilitate a block of 15 homes in north Philadelphia. During an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005, the band donated $1 million to the Angel Network foundation.
  • 2004
    Age 41
    As a Democrat, Bon Jovi toured extensively on behalf of Presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004, appearing at and playing acoustic sets (with Richie Sambora) at rallies for the Kerry-Edwards ticket throughout the United States.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 37
    He also campaigned for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election, John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, and Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.
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  • 1997
    Age 34
    Jon Bon Jovi wrote what would become his second solo album, 1997's Destination Anywhere. A short movie of the same name was recorded right around the record's release, based entirely on the songs from the record and starring Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Whoopi Goldberg. The film debuted on both MTV and VH1 in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details After five years since their last studio album, the band returned in 2000 and released their seventh studio album, Crush. The lead single, "It's My Life" helped introduce the band to a new, younger fan base. In 2012, Jon Bon Jovi recorded a soundtrack to the movie Stand Up Guys more commonly known as Not Running Anymore. On December 13, 2012, it was announced that "Not Running Anymore" would be nominated for a Golden Globe Award Jon Bon Jovi is a credited actor in the movies Moonlight and Valentino, The Leading Man, Destination Anywhere, Homegrown, Little City, No Looking Back, Row Your Boat, Vampires Los Muertos, U-571, Cry Wolf, National Lampoon's Pucked, and New Year's Eve. He also had a supporting role in the movie Pay It Forward, where he played Helen Hunt's abusive ex-husband. His TV series appearances include Sex and the City, 30 Rock, Las Vegas, The West Wing, and an extended stint on Ally McBeal as a plumber who was Ally's boyfriend for a short period of time. He also had a brief, uncredited role in the 1990 film Young Guns II. On January 24, 2011, it was confirmed that Jon would be cast in the film New Year's Eve, released later that year, as a successful rock star who is connected with Katherine Heigl's character.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 28
    In September 1991, he fired the band's long time manager Doc McGhee, business advisers, and agents and created Bon Jovi Management.
    More Details Hide Details After that he put the band together. Upon resolving their issues, they returned with the album Keep the Faith, released in late 1992. Jon Bon Jovi cut his trademark hair and the band turned away from the 1980s hair metal to conventional rock and introduced a more mature sound. The media focused considerable attention on Jon Bon Jovi's hair. When Jon Bon Jovi cut his hair, he made headlines on CNN.
    Disillusioned with the music business, despite all his success, and unhappy with the status quo, in the summer of 1991, he set off on a two-week, cross-country motorcycle trip that would significantly affect his creative juices.
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    In 1991, Jon Bon Jovi started his own label, Jambco Records, and produced Aldo Nova's album Blood on the Bricks and Billy Falcon's album Pretty Blue World.
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, Jon Bon Jovi recorded a soundtrack to the movie Young Guns II more commonly known as Blaze of Glory.
    More Details Hide Details Having been originally approached by his friend Emilio Estevez to lend "Wanted Dead Or Alive" as the theme song for his upcoming Billy the Kid sequel, Jon Bon Jovi ended up composing an all-new theme song for the film's soundtrack and delivering his first solo album. The album featured high-profile guests such as Elton John, Little Richard and Jeff Beck. The title track, "Blaze of Glory" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1991, "Blaze of Glory" won an award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single at the American Music Awards and awarded a Golden Globe, as well. The song also earned Jon Bon Jovi an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy Award nomination.
    Jon Bon Jovi noted that, each band member went their separate way, even departing in separate jets after the New Jersey Tour ended in early 1990 which exceeded 232 shows on 5 continents.
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  • 1989
    Age 26
    During a stop in Los Angeles on The New Jersey Syndicate Tour in 1989, Jon secretly took a trip to Las Vegas, and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley (born Sept 29, 1962), on 29 April 1989 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has four children: a daughter, Stephanie Rose (born May 31, 1993), and three sons, Jesse James Louis (born February 19, 1995), Jacob Hurley (born May 7, 2002) and Romeo Jon (born March 29, 2004). A former resident of Rumson, New Jersey, he established his Sanctuary Sound recording studio in the basement of his home there. In 2004, he became founder and primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He appeared in several television commercials for the league, typically with John Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Bon Jovi is no longer part owner of the Soul.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    During the Slippery When Wet Tour in 1987, Jon Bon Jovi's attempt to give it his all during live shows and the tour's exhausting schedule greatly strained his vocal cords, and he began receiving steroid shots to help him sing.
    More Details Hide Details With the help of a vocal coach, he was able to continue doing the tour. Despite the band achieving massive success with Slippery When Wet and New Jersey, living on the road almost destroyed the strong bond between the band members. The band members were exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally.
    Following the group's success, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were asked to assist in producing Cher's self-titled album in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora co-wrote and sang backup vocals on Cher's single "We All Sleep Alone" and also produced several other tracks on the album, later going on to co-produce Cher's multi-platinum album Heart of Stone in 1989 and co-wrote the song "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?" Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora also produced and co-wrote a song called "Hell Is Living Without You" on Alice Cooper's album Trash in 1989.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Along the way, Mercury Records gave Jon Bon Jovi a recording contract in 1983, and to promote "Runaway", Jon Bon Jovi called up David Bryan who in turn called bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres.
    More Details Hide Details Tapped to play lead guitar was Jon Bon Jovi's neighbor, Dave Sabo, who later formed the group Skid Row. Sabo was eventually replaced by Richie Sambora. After Jon Bon Jovi claimed he wanted a group name, a friend of Richard Fischer and an employee of Doc McGhee, suggested they call themselves Bon Jovi, following the example of the other famous last name bands such as Van Halen and Dokken. This name was chosen instead of the original idea of Johnny Electric. The band released their eponymous first album on January 21, 1984. The band became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Slippery When Wet. Their fourth album New Jersey, which was released in 1988, became as successful as its predecessor.
    He also appears during a demo recording of the music video for Scandal's 1983 single "Love's Got A Line On You" which reached #59 in the US.
    More Details Hide Details In June 1982, Jon Bon Jovi recorded a song called "Runaway". The studio musicians who helped record "Runaway" – known as The All Star Review – were guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, and bassist Hugh McDonald. He went to several record companies, including Atlantic Records and Mercury (PolyGram), but they all turned him down. Jon Bon Jovi visited major rock station WAPP 103.5FM "The Apple" in New York City. He spoke directly to the promotion director John Lassman, who accepted the song "Runaway" for inclusion on the station's compilation album of local homegrown talent. "Runaway" became a local hit.
    During 1983 Jon Bon Jovi joined Scandal as a rhythm guitarist (briefly).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 17
    When he was seventeen, Jon Bon Jovi was working sweeping floors at his cousin Tony Bongiovi's recording studio. In 1980, when Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album, Tony Bongiovi recommended him for the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas".
    More Details Hide Details This became his first professional recording (credited as John Bongiovi).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on March 2, 1962.
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