Rock veterans Bon Jovi will close the 2013 Isle of Wight Festival when they headline Sunday night at Seaclose Park. It will be their first appearance on the Island.
Fronted by the charismatic frontman Jon Bon Jovi, the group hail from New Jersey USA as does Bruce Springsteen who wowed the audience in June 2012.
In the 1990’s Jon-real name-John Francis Bongiovi Jnr.-tasted solo success. Amongst his hits was the enduring ‘Blaze of Glory’. That track was included on the ‘Young Guns II’ film soundtrack.
Jon even made a fleeting appearance in the said film. Although he failed an audition for a part in ‘Footloose’ there were other film roles, but he failed to secure a second career.
As a group Bon Jovi first came to prominence when the single ’You Give Love a Bad Name’ hit No1 in the USA followed by ‘Livin’ On A Prayer.’ In the UK the two songs reached No.14 and No.4 respectively.
Their first notable album was ‘Slippery When Wet’, a USA No.1 that stalled at No.6 here in 1986. In all that album spawned four hit singles in the UK.
Two years later their next compilation’ New Jersey’ heralded a golden spell of album successes. By the millennium they had consecutive No.1’s. They were more popular here than in their home country, as a result.
Of their 37 hit singles 18 have made the Top Ten with ‘Always’ stalling at No.2. Back home, they have scored four chart toppers though.
On the Seaclose stage Jon will be joined by his stalwart band members guitarist Richie Sambora, Tico Torres on drums and David Bryan on keyboards.
Other memorable songs by the group include ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ ‘Bad Medicine’ ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ ‘Keep The Faith’ ‘Bed of Roses’ ‘In These Arms’ ‘It’s My Life’ and the epic ‘Dry County’.
Bon Jovi were the last act to play the old Wembley Stadium in 2000 and went on to be the first performers at the revamped O2 Arena, in June 2007. Prior to their first show at the O2 they gave a free performance on the roof of the concert venue.
In Spring 2013 Bon Jovi are due to release their new album entitled ‘What About Now’.
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