Jon Bon Jovi announced on Sunday the death of John Such, the New Jersey rock band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994. No details on when and how John Such died were immediately available. A Bon Jovi publicist did not immediately respond to the messages.
“It was an original,” Bon Jovi wrote in a Twitter post. “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the group.”
Bon Jovi credited John Such with 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 play. John Such had played in a band called Message with Sambora.
John Such, born in Yonkers, New York, was a veteran of the thriving New Jersey music scene that helped birth Bon Jovi. As the 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 band’s heyday in the 80s.
John Such left the band in 1994, when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald. He then joined the band for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me and asked me to join his band many years ago, I quickly realized how serious he was and he had a vision he wanted to take us to.” , said John Such during the induction into the Hall of Fame. . “And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”
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