Following the announcement of Bon Jovi founding bass player Alec John Such's passing on Sunday (June 5), Jon Bon Jovi and the band have offered up some emotional words in tribute and a few special memories on social media.
A Yonkers, NY native and former manager of Sayreville, NJ's famous Hunka Bunka Ballroom, Such began his story with Bon Jovi when he started booking his first band, Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones. He played with his group throughout the '80s, appeared on Bon Jovi’s first six albums, and was replaced in 1994 by Hugh McDonald. Such returned for Bon Jovi's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2018, stating at the time he was "only too happy to have been a part of that vision," created by Jon decades earlier.
"He was an original," Bon Jovi wrote in a post shared on the band's social accounts over the weekend. "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 [drummer] Tico [Torres] and brought [guitarist] Richie [Sambora] to see us perform."
"Alec was always wild and full of life." the post goes on to say. "Today those special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We will miss him dearly." A touching video montage of photos and clips of Alec performing and speaking on behalf of the band was also included in their posts.
Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, and fellow rocker David Coverdale of Whitesnake also joined in with their own words of tribute. On Twitter, Bryan said, "RIP my soul brother…. It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage and to share life with you." Coverdale also shared the news of the passing of "A Dear Old Friend," with his followers.
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