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Test Your Bon Jovi Super-fan Status With These Fun Facts
Bon Jovi has a long reputation as one of the most popular rock bands in American history. Each band member has proven himself a master musician, and collectively, these Jersey boys have had a huge influence on the music industry. Their unquestionable authority as reigning rockers has influenced other artists to not only cover some of their many hits, but also pay homage to Jon and his crew as full-fledged Bon Jovi tribute bands.
Keep the Faith: Quintessential Bon Jovi is one of the most popular Bon Jovi cover bands in the region, and we've got them live right here at Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau. If you're a huge Bon Jovi fan, come visit Isle Casino Cape Girardeau on April 22, 2016, for the next best thing to seeing the original band live – Keep the Faith: Quintessential Bon Jovi, a tribute to Bon Jovi, performing live at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., right here at our event center!
Test Your Bon Jovi Knowledge with These 10 Band Facts
Of course, nothing says you have to wait until April 22 to get your next Bon Jovi fix; read on to test your knowledge about the original band and see if you truly deserve the title "ultimate fan."
1. Bon Jovi almost didn't happen.
At least the name part of the band almost didn't happen. Initially, the group thought Johnny Electric had a rock star ring to it; fortunately, a friend suggested they opt for a version of lead singer, Jon Bongiovi's last name instead.
2. They wanted to give "Bad Name" away.
Seriously. It's almost impossible to imagine someone else singing Bon Jovi's first No. 1 single, "You Give Love a Bad Name." But Jon and the boys initially offered the song to Loverboy (if you were born after 1985, you probably have no idea who this Canadian group even is) before realizing they had a mega-hit in their midst.
3. Jon was a janitor.
In his younger days, Jon Bon Jovi paid the bills working as a janitor at his cousin's recording studio. We are forever grateful this superstar quit his day job!
4. One original member is no longer with band.
Alec John Such left the band in 1994 and was replaced by long-time friend/collaborator Hugh McDonald. This is probably more of a fun fact for McDonald than it is for Such.
5. They all moonlight.
Everyone in the band has pursued passion projects and side gigs. Jon has acted in both big and small screen parts, Richie has released solo albums, David had a hit Broadway musical, and Tico moonlights as a painter in his spare time.
6. Old Blue Eyes is a relative
Jon has often claimed that Frank Sinatra is his relative. Bonus fun fact: he has also claimed that his middle name, Francis, pays homage to Old Blue Eyes.
7. They made their mark at Wembley.
In 2000, Bon Jovi earned the distinction as the last band ever to play in London's old Wembley Stadium.
8. There's a scientific album name.
The band's 2nd album title, "7800 Fahrenheit," refers to the melting point of most rocks.
9. Jon's a Football fan.
Music and acting aren't Jon's only passions; he's also a huge football fan. The lead singer owned "Philadelphia Soul," an Arena Football League team.
10. There's only one boss.
And that boss is Jon. Jon is the only band member actually signed to the record label. All other bandmates are technically his employees. Woah.
Now that you've brushed up on your Bon Jovi fun facts, you're ready to enjoy Keep the Faith: Quintessential Bon Jovi on April 22, 2016, at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. General Admission tickets cost just $15 and guests can choose between a 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. show. Tickets may be purchased at the gift shop and will be available for pick up on the day of the show, beginning at 4 p.m. at Will-Call in the Valet/Coat Check area. Make sure to stay after the show for your chance to win a share of $1,000 in our Encore Drawing at 11 p.m.!