If your band’s albums sell well the first time, why not re-release them and sell them again years later? This is exactly what the band Bon Jovi has decided to do. Starting May 11, 2010, the group will re-release their entire collection of studio albums as Special Editions. The 11 studio albums to be re-released include: Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day, Lost Highway and The Circle. The albums will feature the original studio tracks plus era-specific live recordings as bonus tracks. These bonus tracks will include songs taken live from sound checks and concert venues from around the world.
Bon Jovi formed in 1983 and was made up of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryant, drummer Tico Torres, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The band initially become known for writing several rock anthems.
Jon Bon Jovi, for whom the band was named after, began playing piano and guitar in 1975 in the small town of Casa Grande, Arizona at the age of thirteen with his first band ‘Raze’. By sixteen, he formed the 12-piece cover band Atlantic City Expressway and played in New Jersey clubs. Bon Jovi didn’t achieve recognition easily, it took persistence and pushing a New York radio station director into playing his track “Runaway”. Once the song hit the airways, sister studios picked up the song. It wasn’t long before the band was signed with Mercury Records and recorded its debut album “Bon Jovi”. The group soon began opening for ZZ Top, Scorpions and kiss.
In 1985 Bon Jovi released its second album 7800° Fahrenheit. The album didn’t do as well as the first but allowed the band to continue touring. In 1986, the group released their third album “Slippery When Wet”. The album proved Bon Jovi’s talent and its single “You Give Love A Bad Name” became the band’s first #1 single on the U.S. Billboard Charts. This single was followed by another successful single “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which also hit #1.
“Slippery When Wet” holds the record for the most weeks for a hard rock album at #1 in United States. The album spent 8 weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. By 2009, “Slippery When Wet” had become one of the best selling albums of all time with global sales of 25 million. In the United States, it received a Diamond Certification for selling 12 million copies.
Moving forward, Bon Jovi released their fourth album “New Jersey” in 1988. The album was also a commercial hit, spending four weeks at #1 on Billboard 200. Singles “Bad Medicine”, “I’ll Be There For Your” both hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Exhausted from tours and success, between 1990 and 1991, band members went their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began recording on his own and released the soundtrack “Blaze Of Glory” for the movie Young Guns II.
Coming back to center, the group rejoined and released “Keep The Faith” in 1992, this time, playing a few small gigs in New Jersey clubs. The break didn’t last long as the group later released “Cross Road” and “These Days”. This was followed by a world tour. Again, the group exhausted themselves and again tried going their separate ways. Jon Bon Jovi began acting until the group reunited again in 1999.
The band went on to release “Crush”, “Wild Night”, “Have A Nice Day” and “Lost Highway”.
Now, all of the band’s albums were repackaged and are being sold with bonus tracks for those Bon Jovi fans and potential soon to be fans.
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