Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of iconic rock band Bon Jovi, has died. He was 70.
The group announced the death of Such, the bassist for the New Jersey band from 1983 to 1994, on Sunday. There were no details about when or how Such died. A publicist for singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi did not immediately respond to messages.
“He was original,” Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter. “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. For example, Sambora had played in a band called Message.
The Yonkers, born in New York. 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, NJ, 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.
Bon Jovi stood out with their first two albums and achieved huge success with their third release, 1986 Slippery when wetwhich contained the hits Living on a prayer† You give love a bad name and Wanted dead or alive† Such also played on the following releases New Jersey and keep the faith† Those three hit albums were recorded in Vancouver with Canadian producers Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock.
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.”