Jon Bon Jovi has been touring with Bon Jovi for over 20 years and says he couldn't have imagined the band's success as a struggling musician in New Jersey all those years ago.
"Playing regionally at that time was about as big as you imagined ever being," Jon Bon Jovi said on NPR's Fresh Air. "So, the idea of No. 1 records, forget about it, you know. The idea that I could talk to you now about the hundred-plus million albums, I had never thought about in my wildest dreams."
Now years later, with hits like "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "You Give Love a Bad Name" embedded in pop culture, Jon Bon Jovi reflects on the lasting success of his music and band, which had another chart topping album called "The Circle" in 2009.
"I put together the band, which really became this band for what ... I thought [was going to be a] three, four-week period of getting my name out there, trying to build upon the success of the one track and maybe I'd get to play a couple more clubs as an original act," Bon Jovi said. "And 27 years later, I can't get rid of those guys."
Part of his success is staying true to his roots by penning songs about his working class background. "I come from, as do my bandmates, a very blue-collar background," Bon Jovi said. "And, you know, where, when I grew up in the city I grew up in, there was really two choices. You joined the service, or you went to work in the factories. I didn't know anybody who even went to college."
The singer, whose real name is John Francis Bongiovi Jr., might've also had some help from his hairdresser father, John Francis Bongiovi Sr., with his long hair during the '80s.
"He cut it probably until his retiring in '86ish. So some of those hairstyles that you saw at the height of [the album] 'Slippery When Wet', he would have been responsible for, most definitely," Bon Jovi said.