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Bon Jovi gives tours a good name 23 March 2011
Salt Lake Tribune article

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

In 1983, John Francis Bongiovi Jr. assembled a New Jersey band. Since then, the rock band — christened Bon Jovi in part to emulate two-word band names like Van Halen and to make it easier to pronounce — has sold more than 125 million albums.

The band headlines EnergySolutions Arena Tuesday night, with Ryan Star opening. It’s a tour to support the band’s sixth compilation album, "The Greatest Hits," released last October.

Founding members Richie Sambora, on guitar, and Tico Torres, on drums, spoke to The Tribune during a media conference call to talk about riding on steel horses, being devils on the run, and how they’ll make it to Utah. They swear.

On aspirations:

Sambora » What we have learned to do … is give good stadium. I don’t know how to say it any other way, you know, and I’m trying to be humble about it but, you know, this band — we know how to give good stadium.

Torres • Remember, we’re from the East Coast, Jersey, New York, and our motto has always been go up there and kick some a--.


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