InRumor confronts two outstanding figures of the 80s and 90s rock and challenges you to make a choice.
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi is the singer and the founder of the eponymous group. Until now, he has sold over 200 million albums with the band and 10 million as a solo performer.
As a solo artist, Bon Jovi has received numerous awards, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for his hit, “Blaze of Glory”. In 2001 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University. He was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world i 1996.
Jon’s mother, Carol Sharkey, was one of the first bunny girls in the Playboy clubs, and his father, John Bongiovi, was an Italian hairdresser from Sicily.
John Bongiovi adopted the stage name Jon Bon Jovi at the request of the record company with which he had signed a contract. His early career was encouraged by his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, a popular record producer, owner of the Power Station recording studio. Jon worked as a janitor and after closing hours, he recorded his own music in the studio, assisted by his cousin. An album of these early years, called The Power Station Years, was released in 1999.
The band’s debut album, Bon Jovi, was released in January 1984 and it went gold in the US, with sales exceeding 500,000. With their third album, Slippery When Wet the band shot to super-stardom around the world with songs such as “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ On A Prayer”, and “Wanted Dead or Alive”. New Jersey, Keep the Faith, These Days and Crush are some of the most successful albums of the Bon Jovi band.
Jon Bon Jovi has also recorded two solo albums: Blaze of Glory (1990) and Destination Anywhere (1997) and has sold over 200 million albums with the Bon Jovi band. A third album, which was not released, was recorded in 1998 and put into play to an audience of fans in August 1998 during a “listening party”.
In 2004, he founded a team of minor league football, the Philadelphia Soul, with his friend and partner in the band Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora.
Bon Jovi has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Project H.O.M.E., The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation (formerly the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation), and other groups. He has been named the first Founding Ambassador of the Habitat for Humanity Ambassador program as part of the international-nonprofit organization’s new advocacy outreach initiative.
Bon Jovi married Dorothea Hurley in 1989 in Las Vegas. He is the father of a daughter, Stephanie Rose, 17, and three sons, Jesse James Louis, 15, Jacob Hurley, 8, and Romeo Jon, 6.
In a recent interview with the Observer, the singer talked about coming to “real good terms with getting older”. In July 2010, some edgy photos showing Bon Jovi in bed with several naked models appeared on the Internet.
W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.) the renowned singer and songwriter of American hard rock band Guns N ‘ Roses.
Axl was the only child of Sharon E. Lintner, who gave birth to him when she was sixteen, and William Bruce Rose, who has twenty. He is of mainly German and Scottish ancestry.
Later, in interviews, Axl said he and his half-brother and half sister were often victims of physical violence on the part of his stepfather.
During his childhood, Axl Rose got involved and taught Sunday school. In addition to singing in church, he participated in school choirs and learned piano.
As a teenager, he had a lot of problems with the police and was arrested over twenty times for public drunkenness and assault.
Rose met the future guitarist of Guns N ‘Roses, Izzy Stradlin, in a driver’s education class. They shared the same love for rock music and began playing together in groups.
In 1985 he formed the band Guns N ‘Roses. Their debut was a four-song EP called Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide.
The band’s major label debut album, entitled Appetite for Destruction, was released in the United States in July 1987. The record had a slow start, but until now, Appetite for Destruction ranks as the best-selling debut album in the United States and it has been certified 18x platinum by the RIAA, with sales of over 28 million copies worldwide.
In September 1991 the band released Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. The albums spent 108 weeks on the chart. In the spring of 1991 the band embarked on the 28-month-long Use Your Illusion World Tour which became famous for both its financial success and the many controversial incidents that occurred at the shows.
By 1996, Axl is in sole command of Guns N ‘Roses, following the departure of all members except keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and continues the group with new musicians. It was not until November 2008 the first album of this new band, Chinese Democracy, is released.
Unlike other members of Guns N ‘Roses, Axl Rose is not known for excessive use of drugs. However, he never denied having used illicit substances. Axl Rose is also known for his strong character and has poor relations with the press
In April 1990, Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of singer Don Everly – for which he wrote Sweet Child o’Mine – in Las Vegas . This union was annulled in January 1991.
In the middle of that year, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, already the mother of a child, became his companion. She appears in two clips of the band, Don’t Cry and November Rain. They split in early 1993.
In September 2010, Axl and his band got a nasty welcome from a furious audience at a concert in Ireland where they arrived 90 minutes later than scheduled. A month later, the famous musician was involved in another controversy as a car rental company filed a suit against him for allegedly trashing one of the cars he had rented from them.
Which singer rocks?
- Jon Bon Jovi (22%, 138 Votes)
- Axl Rose (78%, 487 Votes)
Total Voters: 623