Bon Jovi bassist and founder Alec John Such dies at age 70

Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of Bon Jovi, has died aged 70. Jon Bon Jovi announced the passing of John Such, bassist for the New Jersey rock band from 1983 to 1994, on Sunday.

No details on when or how Such died were available. Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter: “He was original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band.”

Bon Jovi credited Such for bringing the band together, noting that he was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band perform. John Such had played with Sambora in a band called The Message.

New York-born Such was a veteran of New Jersey’s thriving music scene who helped spawn Bon Jovi. As manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, John Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the singer-songwriter’s band. He played with Bon Jovi during the group’s heyday in the 1980s.

Thus, the band left in 1994 when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald. He later rejoined the band for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

“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,” Such said during the Hall’s introduction. of fame. “And I’m only too happy to be a part of that vision.”

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