Bon Jovi Is Clearly One Of The Most Amazing Band Of All-Time
For some reason, longevity is never given the respect it deserves. And there’s no arena in which longevity is more disrespected than rock and roll.
Artists that have been rocking for years may get their names on top of the marquee, or the chance to perform at the Super Bowl, but they’re mostly just derided and ridiculed for being old.
For proof, look no further than the Rolling Stones. They’ve been rocking for half-a-century and although they’re still going strong they are universally mocked for getting on in years.
Another band that’s consistently scorned for the length of their teeth is Bon Jovi. While nowhere near as old as the Stones, the New Jersey hard rockers are entering their 30th year as a band (they released their first album in 1984).
An example of the disdain Bon Jovi and their advanced age face on a regular basis is the following exchange from the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. One of the show’s characters, Audrey, procures Bon Jovi tickets and is excited to attend their show. Her friends are not.
Jen: I’ve heard Bon Jovi is great live.
Audrey: You see.
Jen: Yeah, my mom sees them all the time. Except for last year when she had hip surgery.
Jeff: I think that’s the first time in a while that “Bon Jovi” and “hip” were mentioned together.
“Hip” or not, Bon Jovi is one of the most amazing bands of all-time. I say this not because they’ve released 11 studio albums (their 12th is coming in 2013) or because they’ve sold 130 million records although those feats are certainly impressive.
I say this because Bon Jovi has withstood the test of time and have done so after shaking off the label of “1980s hair band.” That’s a brand most artists have not been able to shed.
Yes, there are a few hair bands still making the rounds but they do so for nostalgia sake more than anything else.
That’s not true for Bon Jovi.
Since 2000, they’ve released five albums. All five have peaked inside the top ten with the last two peaking at number one.
Of course, the real test of a band’s staying power is how well they do on the singles chart. Since 2000, Bon Jovi has placed three songs inside the top 40.
That’s not spectacular—Lady Gaga does that every month—but it is impressive when compared to what other 1980s hair bands have done since the turn of the century. You’ll not only find that hair bands haven’t cracked the top 40, they haven’t even charted.
Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Motley Crüe (although the first two aren’t necessarily hair bands) have charted exactly one single in the 2000s—Van Halen’s “Tattoo” peaked at 67 earlier this year.
Furthermore, Bon Jovi has sold more than 13 million tickets since the end of the 20th century and they’ve grossed nearly $1 billion in sales. Also, in 2008 and 2010 they were the highest-grossing touring act in the world. When it comes to performing live, Bon Jovi can’t be touched.
Clearly, Bon Jovi has not only maintained most of the popularity they had in their heyday but they’ve maintained their relevancy.
Expect their pending tour, dubbed “Because We Can,” to be another box office buster. The band begins their odyssey Feb. 9 in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The band winds their way across America and Canada before finishing in San Jose, California on April 25.
After that, they’ve off to Europe and will be there through June.