Former bassist Alec John Such was a founding member of Bon Jovi and had a wildly successful musical career, but he decided to leave the band after almost a decade in 1994.
Alec John Such, former bassist of Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70.
It was also the founding member of the iconic rock band.
Jon Bon Jovi described him as “wild and full of life” and said “we will miss him so much”.
Announcing the bassist’s death in a statement posted on Twitter, Jon Bon Jovi said: “We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Alec John.
“He is a native. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of the band’s founding.
“Honestly, we found our way together through him.”
Such Alec John has had an illustrious musical career and has played with Bon Jovi for almost a decade. Here’s everything we know about his career and the reason he ultimately left the band.
Such is Alec John’s musical career
Such Alec John was born in New York in 1951 and became a popular figure in the burgeoning New Jersey music scene, where Bon Jovi emerged.
He originally played in a band called The Message with Richie Sambora.
So was also the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, and he booked Jon Bon Jovi & the Wild Ones while working there.
Jon Bon Jovi credited him as a founding member of the band. It was a childhood friend of the band’s drummer, Tico Torres, and bought Richie Sambora to see the band perform.
They went on to join Bon Jovi, as bassist and Sambora as lead guitarist.
Alec played with the band from 1983 and during their heyday until 1994.
During their time at Bon Jovi, the band had some of their biggest hits, including Livin’ On A Prayer and You Give Love A Bad Name.
Why did Alec John so quit Bon Jovi?
In 1994, Alec decided to leave the band and was replaced by Hugh McDonald.
So the reason he left the group was because of the age gap between him and the other members of the group.
He is actually a decade older than the other members, and in an interview with The Asbury Park Press Alec said, “The record company used to lie about my age.
“I was 31 years old when I joined. I’m 10 years older than the rest of the band members.
“My sister ended up really going crazy because the newspapers would describe her as my sister when she was really young.”
But he went on to say that the age difference meant he couldn’t carry on as long as the other members.
“When I was 43, I started to burn out. It was work and I didn’t want to work,” he added.
“The reason I joined a band to start was because I didn’t want to work.”
In 2018, the bassist briefly joined Bon Jovi for the band to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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