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After 20 Years, Bon Jovi Keeps On Rockin' 2 March 2003
Pre-concert article

Source: The Saratogian

You've seen him on the big screen; you've seen him on TV; and now is your chance to see Jon Bon Jovi live at the Pepsi Arena on March 3.
It's the first time Jon and company have been in the Capital Region since Bon Jovi's 2001 appearance at the Pepsi Arena.

Touring in support its latest release, ''Bounce,'' the band has enjoyed years of success beyond the ''hair band'' days of the '80s and early '90s.

Jon Bon Jovi began his career by running errands and sweeping floors at New York City's Power Station recording studios. It is there that the former John Bongiovi got his break.

In 1983, he recorded ''Runaway,'' the song that would soon become his first hit single. After signing with Mercury Records, Jon Bon Jovi recruited guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres and bassist Alec John Such -- the band Bon Jovi was born.

The group released its self-titled debut in 1984 and ''7800 Fahrenheit'' in 1985.

Each album produced hits, but it wasn't until 1986, with the release of ''Slippery When Wet,'' that the band Bon Jovi became a household name.

The album's first single, ''You Give Love a Bad Name,'' propelled the band to the top of charts, but the hits didn't stop there. ''Livin' on a Prayer'' and ''Wanted Dead or Alive'' kept the band in the spotlight.

Soon the group was selling out venues, including the Meadowlands in New Jersey. By 1987, the band began its first headlining tour.

In 1988, with the release of ''New Jersey,'' Bon Jovi was on the road, touring 26 countries in 16 months. ''New Jersey'' produced another string of hits, including ''Bad Medicine,'' ''Born to be My Baby,'' ''Living in Sin'' and the power ballad ''I'll be There for You.''

The years passed and the hits continued, but by 1994, a shake-up occurred as bassist Such left the band, and bass player Hugh McDonald came aboard.

By 1997, after years of exhaustive tour schedules, the band took a break. Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora and Bryan released solo albums, and Torres took up painting and sculpting.

The group burst back onto the scene with the release of ''Crush'' and the hit song ''It's My Life'' in 2000. They made a number of televised appearances, including performances on the ''Today'' show and ''The Late Show with David Letterman.''


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