Alec John Such, first bassist and founding member of American rock band Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70, frontman Jon Bon Jovi announced on Sunday.
With tubes such as Livin’ on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name et Wanted Dead or AliveBon Jovi filled stadiums in the 1980s during its spectacular world tours.
The New Jersey hard rockers were led by their namesake, singer Jon Bon Jovi, who said on Twitter that “as a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of forming the band.” The cause of his death was not specified.
Jon Bon Jovi added that Alec John Such was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought Richie Sambora to see the band live before he later joined as lead guitarist.
Unlike many contemporary bands, Bon Jovi has maintained a more family-oriented image, which has allowed them to have fans in various parts of the world. The band is still one of the biggest selling records in rock history and has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I am only too happy to have been part of this vision”
Alec John Such, who played with the band from 1983 to 1994 and Sambora, who left in 2013, joined the roster for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. legendary artists and groups such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan or Pink Floyd.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me and asked me to join his band several years ago, I quickly realized how serious he was and that he had a vision he wanted to take us to. “, had declared Alec John Such during the ceremony. “I am only too happy to have been part of this vision”.
Bon Jovi was one of the first Western rock bands allowed to tour the Soviet Union, when the communist bloc opened up with Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms.