October 4, 2022
Alec John Such, Bon Jovi's Founding Bassist, Dead at 70

“He was an original. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was integral to the formation of the band. To be honest, we found our way to each other thru him – He was a childhood friend of Tico [Torres] and brought Richie [Sambora] to see us perform.”

In a separate tweet, keyboardist David Bryan — who enlisted Such to join the then-newly assembled collection of musicians behind singer Jon Bon Jovi, fresh off his local hit “Runaway” — wrote of Such, “RIP my soul brother…. It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage and to share life with you…..”

Such served as bassist on the first five Bon Jovi albums, from their 1983 self-titled LP to 1992’s Keep the Faith, appearing on hits like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “I’ll Be There for You.”  Such left the band in 1994, at which point he was replaced by Hugh McDonald.

The band continued, “Alec was always wild and full of life. Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We’ll miss him dearly.”

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