‘He was an original,’ his old bandmates profess in a public statement
Every rock band, regardless of how glammed up they might have gotten, always had one member who anchored the cool.
For Bon Jovi, original bassist Alec John Such was that dude, and the group was never the same after he left in 1994.
And, sadly, it was his former bandmates who helped break the news that their old partner had passed away at age 70 today.
“We are heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of our dear friend Alec John Such,” the group posted in a statement. “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. Alec was always wild and full of life. Today these special memories bring a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. We will miss him dearly.”
Such appears on the first four Jovi albums, the lithe rumble of his bass holding the line for such monster hits as “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You” to name a few. Prior to Jovi, the Yonkers-born Such played in a Queen tribute band called Phantom’s Opera and teamed with future bandmate Richie Sambora in The Message. He also managed the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville back in the day.
Make sure you give the Sons of Beaches demos from the New Jersey recording sessions a spin tonight in honor of one of the realest ones in the Jovi-verse.
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