Last week Bon Jovi gets their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and now all the talk surrounds Jon Bon and who will show up meaning ex members Richie Sambora (who said he will show up ) and Alec John Such (nobody knows where he is..so who knows?)
Mikey Ladano in one of our group emails last week name dropped Alec John Such and that got me thinking about doing this post. This is not a bash Jovi post. It’s a post that shows you how this band named Bon Jovi is a Business. Plain and simple. Jon is the CEO and everyone else is an employee. Like anywhere if you’re not cutting the mustard you get canned. Alec was underperforming in the Boss mans eyes and got fired!
Now remember this is all from 1994-1995 when this went down. Long time ago but it is what it is and thanks to the internet and chat forums this shit is out there!
To be fair I seen Bon Jovi live back in the day and that was August of 1989 and to be totally honest to Jon Bon when I was at the show I didn’t really pay too much attention to Alec as Jon and Richie were the main focal part so I will give Jon that!
Still though if all of this was true. I mean there is only one side to this story and so many years have passed but man its a hoot to read and if AJS does indeed show up to the Rock Induction Ceremony next April that will be something to see but if not….
Write a book Mr Such…I will buy it! Posted below is the interview that probably helped AJS out the doors at Jovi HQ’s.
Below I posted the link (great read)where I got this article from. You can judge for yourselves. But the bottom line is Such got fired for spilling the Rock Beans and Boss Man Jon wasn’t happy….
Keep The Faith Friends…
|Article published in RAW-magazine no. 154, July 20th 1994
In a special column on first page of interview the following semi-headlines:
DODGY T-SHIRTS AND AN EVEN DODGIER EYEPATCH ARE WHAT BON JOVI BASSIST ALEC JOHN SUCH IS RENOWNED FOR, BUT NOW, SHOCK HORROR, HE REVEALS HE’S BEEN COLDSHOULDERED WITHIN THE BAND AND WON’T FEATURE ON THE NEW JOVI ALBUM! DAVE LING ASKS WHETHER THERE’S MORE TO ALL THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE ….
Way back in June 1990, we printed a spoof list of ’15 least likely people to be interviewed in RAW’. Topping a roll of dishonour which featured Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, Chris Johnstone of the Quireboys and Allanah Myles, one name stood proud. Alec John Such of Bon Jovi. It was intended as a bit of a laugh – admittedly a rather cheap one – but everybody knew what we meant. Poor old Alec was the man nobody seemed to know about, or care, too much about.
The media are always on the look-out for a juicy quote from that glamorous and charismatic duo of frontman Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora, and it has been left to Alec, keyboardist David Bryan and sticksman Tico Torres to scrap amongst themselves for the leftover attention. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever read a full-blown interview with Alec John Such.
“I haven’t been allowed to do any if you want to know the truth” shrugs the four-stringer, who was in London to participate at the Gibson’s Night Of 100 Guitars anniversary show.“I was told that nobody wanted to talk to me and that came right from Jon’s mouth. For me it’s time for no more secrets. I’m gonna tell it like it is. Anything they said I did probably did, but I would lie for Jon and I have done.”
Does Alec feel that he has compromised himself?
Alec’s ‘no interview’ embargo was placed on him for the whole of Bon Jovi’s last world tour. Was he banned because he said the wrong things when he was allowed to talk?
One thing which was sorted out when Bon Jovi re-grouped to prepare the follow-up to 1992’s ‘Keep the faith’ was that Alec would not be playing on it. For a week before Such himself would confirm his non-participation, rumour had suggested that ex-Todd Rundgren bassist Kasim Sultan was taking his place.
Er …. Why?!
So basically you became a bit of an after-thought?
Does Alec think that Bon Jovi have got out of control?
What happens if Jon writes a song that Alec hates?
Jon is said to have smirked at the prospect of an Alec John Such solo album.
Alec had better watch himself, as too many negative comments might just cause Jon to decide he’s not in the touring band either. There’s a million bassists out there, after all.
OK, enough speculation. Let’s find out a little about Bon Jovi’s bassist. A portrait which appeared in RAW 151’s Jovi pull-out painted him as something of a mystery man. It is duly produced and Such nods quietly in agreement that his date of birth is indeed 14 November 1951. He chuckles when reminded of the T-Shirt he wore at Wembley Arena that said:‘Blow me … And Just Leave!’(“That shirt was a great idea”), but he wants to set the record straight about the eye-patch he wore on the last tour.
Such’s other hobbies away from the spotlight are vintage motorcycles and cars, personal computers and he’s also partners in an Australian company that makes turbo-chargers. But his biggest interest is amateur radio, something that stems from seeing roadies using walking-talkies at the Bon Jovi shows. Now that he owns his own set it’s grown into an obsession. He just loves ear-wigging on other peoples’ conversation!
It takes Such several minutes to list all his motorcycles, and he also adds also owns a pair of ‘his and hers’ 1964 Honda Dreams.“You can’t teach people to ride on a Harley because it’s too big,” he explains with a glint in his eye.“They look at the lighter, 50cc version and go,‘It’s so-o-p cute, of course I’ll ride it!’“
OF Course, music is another huge feature of his life. Alec tends not to attend the big-name concerts, but he’s a regular at local New Jersey venues like the Fast Lane where he checks out smaller bands. His future plans include co-managing one particular fledging Florida act that he has already spotted.