Bon Jovi’s first bassist Alec John Such dies at age 70

Bassist Alec John Such, one of the founders of Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70, Jon Bon Jovi announced on social media. A cause of death is not yet known.

“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” Bon Jovi wrote. “He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.”

“To be honest, we found our way through him — he was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres] and brought Richie [Sambora] to see us perform. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We will miss him very much.”

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Richie Sambora and Alec John Such with Bon Jovi perform at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 19, 1993.
Richie Sambora and Alec John Such with Bon Jovi perform in Minnesota in 1993. (Getty)

Born on November 14, 1951 in Yonkers, New York, John Such played in a previous band with Sambora, The Message, before eventually joining Bon Jovi.

In the early 1980s, John Such was the manager of what was then the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. It was there where he booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones and saw the potential of a young musician on a mission.

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John Such brought in Torres and Sambora, while Bon Jovi brought in his childhood friend David Bryan, who was part of a previous band, Atlantic City Expressway. The band’s third album, Slippery when wetwould eventually sell 12 million copies and its follow-up, 1988 New Jerseyscored even more hits.

“The record company always lied about my age,” said John Such The Asbury Park Press in 2000. “I was 31 when I joined. I was a good 10 years older than the rest of the band. My sister ended up getting really mad because the papers would describe her as my older sister when she was really younger.”

John Such remained in the band before his departure in 1994. He was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald, who officially joined the band in 2016.

Bon Jovi (from left) David Bryan, Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec John Such and Richie Sambora.  at the Rosemont Horizon in 1984 in Rosemont, Illinois.
Bon Jovi (from left) David Bryan, Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec John Such and Richie Sambora. at the Rosemont Horizon in 1984 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Getty)

“When I was 43, I started getting burned out,” he said in that interview. “It felt like work, and I didn’t want to work. The reason I started in a band is because I didn’t want to work.”

In 1994, Bon Jovi compared Such’s departure to that of Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones.

“They’ve just grown in different directions. It’s understandable … just because I want to continue making records doesn’t mean everyone should,” Bon Jovi said.

When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, John Such reunited with the group and delivered an eloquent speech.

Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec John Such, David Bryan and Tico Torres of Bon Jovi attend the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
From left to right: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Inductants Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec John Such, David Bryan and Tico Torres of Bon Jovi in ​​2018. (Getty)

“When Jon Bon Jovi called me many years ago and asked me to play in his band, I quickly realized how serious he was and he had a vision of where he wanted to take us, and I’m too happy to have a part.” played from that vision,” he said.

He continued: “These guys are the best. We had so many great times together and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for those guys. I love them to death and always will.”

Alec John Such performs at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Alec John Such at the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2018. (Getty)

The band shared the clip of his speech along with a montage of John Such on his signature track, “Blood on Blood”, a track on which he occasionally took the lead vocal role on live shows.

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