Such scored multiple memorable hit singles and albums with Bon Jovi up until his departing in 1994
Alec John Such 1951-2022 – Remembering the Bon Jovi co-founder who passed away today at age 70
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S on November 14, 1951, Alec John Such was during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s a familiar figure on the New Jersey music scene where Bon Jovi emerged during the early 1980’s. He originally played in a band called The Message and as a manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, was responsible for booking Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the band himself as a bassist. Such was credited with bringing the band together, and despite being 10 years older than the rest of the band, he became one of their core members, “The record company used to lie about my age,” he said. “I was 31 when I joined. I was a good 10 years older than the rest of the band. My sister eventually got really mad because the papers would describe her as my older sister when really she was younger.” From 1982 to 1994, Alec John Such achieved global fame and scored with the band some of their most memorable songs including “Livin’On A Prayer”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Bad Medicine”, “I’ll Be There For You”, “Bed of Roses” “Runaway” and “Always” his final single with the band before he left in late 1994, among countless others. Such albums with Bon Jovi include the multi-million sellers “Slippery With Wet”, “New Jersey” and “Keep the Faith”. His departure from the band also marked a difference in the band’s signature sound. Such said about his departure from the band “When I was 43, I started to get burned out. It felt like work and I didn’t want to work. The reason I got into a band to begin with is because I didn’t want to work.” Alec John Such was inducted as a member of Bon Jovi into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Currently Bon Jovi holds only three members of their original line up, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres. Alec John Such death was announced on June 6, 2022 with no cause of death yet announced. and He was remembered by Bon Jovi as a dear friend who was “wild and full of life”. RIP
Look back at the music video from Bon Jovi’s signature song “Livin’ On A Prayer”, featuring Alec John Such’s distinctive bass chord progression
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