Livin' on a Prayer: The Bon Jovi Quiz

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What state does Jon Bon Jovi hail from?

Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and the Garden State features heavily in the band's music and identity.

True or false: The name of the band was inspired by the real last name of its lead singer.

Record executives anglicized the name John Bongiovi to come up with the name Bon Jovi.

What was the first hit song for Bon Jovi?

Jon Bon Jovi recorded "Runaway" before the band was even formed, but the song still became the band's first hit once the group got together.

What did the band call its debut album?

Bon Jovi's first album was named after the band and featured the songs "Runaway" and "She Don't Know Me."

Which of the following musicians was NOT a member of Bon Jovi when the band released its first album?

When "Bon Jovi" came out in 1984, the band consisted of Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres, David Bryan, and Alec John Such. McDonald joined the band in the '90s.

What did Bon Jovi name its second album?

Bon Jovi's second album, "7800 Fahrenheit," came out in 1985 and enjoyed commercial success but got little love from the critics.

What year did Bon Jovi release "Slippery When Wet"?

The 1986 release "Slippery When Wet" was Bon Jovi's biggest album yet, selling in excess of 14 million copies.

Which of these songs was featured on "Slippery When Wet"?

"Slippery When Wet" featured some of Bon Jovi's best-known hits, but "I'll Be There for You" wasn't one of them.

What did Bon Jovi name its fourth album?

Bon Jovi paid homage to its home state with the 1988 release "New Jersey," which sold more than 7 million copies.

How many Top 10 hits came from the "New Jersey" album?

"New Jersey" spawned five Top 10 hits, including "Born to Be My Baby," "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You."

True or false: Bon Jovi broke up for good in 1989.

The band went on a hiatus in 1989 and didn't release any new music as a group until 1992.

What 1990 movie did Jon Bon Jovi create a soundtrack for?

During the band's hiatus, Jon Bon Jovi created the soundtrack for "Young Guns II." The album, titled "Blaze of Glory" earned the singer both Oscar and Grammy nominations.

What 1992 Bon Jovi album featured the song "Bed of Roses"?

The song "Bed of Roses" from the "Keep the Faith" album was a new direction for the band, and it ended up being a hit on the adult contemporary charts.

What year did Bon Jovi release the album "Crush"?

"Crush" came out in 2000. Hit songs like "It's My Life" helped the album sell more than 8 million copies.

What 2002 Bon Jovi album features the song "Everyday"?

The 2002 release "Bounce" features songs like "Everyday" and "Right Side of Wrong."

What album features the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home"?

"Who Says You Can't Go Home" is on the 2005 album "Have a Nice Day."

Who is featured in a duet with Bon Jovi on "Who Says You Can't Go Home"?

When Jennifer Nettles and Bon Jovi shared a duet on "Who Says You Can't Go Home," it helped Bon Jovi take home their first Grammy.

What year was "Lost Highway" released?

Featuring the song "(You Want to) Make a Memory," "Lost Highway" was released in 2007.

Which of these country stars is NOT featured on Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" album?

Both LeAnn Rimes and duo Big & Rich are featured on "Lost Highway," but Taylor Swift isn't.

What is the title of Bon Jovi's 2009 album?

"The Circle," which came out in 2009, includes the songs "Live Before You Die" and "Love's the Only Rule."

In 2004, what team did Jon Bon Jovi buy a stake in?

Jon Bon Jovi was a co-owner and founder of the Philadelphia Soul, a member of the Arena Football League.

Which member left the band in 2013?

Sambora famously quit the band in 2013. In a 2016 interview, Jon Bon Jovi admitted that he hadn't even seen Sambora in three years.

What record company did Bon Jovi leave after three decades in 2015?

After 32 years with Mercury, Bon Jovi finally jumped ship. Its final album on the label was the 2015 release "Burning Bridges."

How many albums has Bon Jovi sold in the U.S.?

The band has sold more than 37 million albums in the U.S. since it got its start in 1984.

How many albums has Bon Jovi sold globally?

In more than 30 years in the business, Bon Jovi has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide.

True or false: Bon Jovi was almost called "Johnny Electric" instead.

Before it was Bon Jovi, the band briefly considered the name "Johnny Electric."

Which of these songs did Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora almost give to another band?

"You Give Love a Bad Name" almost went to a band called Loverboy, but Bon Jovi wisely kept the song for itself.

True or false: Bon Jovi was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bon Jovi was nominated — but not inducted — just once in its first seven years of Hall of Fame eligibility.

True or false: You can hear Jon Bon Jovi on the "Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album."

Jon Bon Jovi's first recorded track is the 1980 classic "R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

Which of these songs was NOT featured on "Burning Bridges"?

"Burning Bridges" featured both "Blind Love" and "Who Would You Die For," but "Fast Cars" came from another Bon Jovi album, "The Circle."

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