Calling all Bon Jovi fans! The famed New Jersey stadium rockers took over the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 9 for a one-of-a-kind Live on Letterman concert webcast. The hour-long performance is free to watch on CBS.com, or you can watch it right here. Read the review!
The show also served as a release party for Bon Jovi’s much-anticipated Greatest Hits collection–a career-spanning set containing 28 songs, including four that are brand new. The album was released Nov. 9, and the band showcased material from the album during their Live on Letterman concert.
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Since forming in 1983 and releasing its debut a year later, [lastfm]Bon Jovi[/lastfm] grew into one of the most massive stadium acts on the planet, performing around the world on major stages and at some of the largest festivals. To say they’re one of the world’s biggest bands is no exaggeration: They’ve racked up more than 130 million in album sales, and in late 2009, Billboard named them among the top ten touring acts of the decade.
“You can like or dislike everything I’ve stood for for 25 years,” Jon Bon Jovi told CBS Sunday Morning a few years ago, “but one thing you’ll never be able to say is it’s disingenuous.”
[pullquote quote=”It’s humbling to know that people associate our songs with some of the most meaningful moments in their lives.” credit=”Jon Bon Jovi”]Taking its name from lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (actually John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), the band owned the charts in the ’80s thanks to hits like “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Those last three songs are from the band’s massive 1986 hit album Slippery When Wet, which pushed the band into superstar territory. It spent eight weeks at Number One on Billboard’s album chart and has gone on to sell more than 28 million copies worldwide. (Their 1988 follow-up album, New Jersey, didn’t do too badly, either, selling 18 million copies.)
The band’s lineup has remained solid and strong throughout their career and today still features lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora both also enjoyed successful solo careers during the 1990s, but the band has continued pushing onward into the 21st century, releasing such albums as the country-leaning Lost Highway (2007) and return-to-rock collection The Circle (2009).
The Live on Letterman webcast with Bon Jovi took place Tuesday, Nov. 9, and you can stream the entire concert at home, at work, on your smart phone, or anywhere else you have an Internet connection.
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