Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of legendary rock band Bon Jovi, has died. He was 70.
The group announced Sunday the death of Such, the New Jersey-based band’s bassist from 1983 to 1994. No details on when or how Such died were immediately available. A publicist for singer-songwriter Jon Bon Jovi did not immediately respond to news.
“He was an original,” Bon Jovi wrote in a post on Twitter. “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was an integral part of the band’s formation.”
Bon Jovi credited Such for bringing the band together, noting that he was a childhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist-songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band perform. He had played with Sambora in a band called Message.
Born in Yonkers, New York, Such was a veteran figure in the thriving New Jersey music scene that birthed Bon Jovi. As the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, Such booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones before joining the singer-songwriter band. He played with Bon Jovi during the group’s heyday in the 1980s.
Bon Jovi attracted attention with their first two albums and achieved great success with their third release, in 1986 Slippery when wetwhich contained the hits Live on a prayer, You give love a bad name and Wanted dead or alive. Such also played on the subsequent releases New Jersey and keep the faith. These three hit albums were recorded in Vancouver with Canadian producers Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock.
Such left the band in 1994 when he was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald. He later returned to the band to induct them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“When Jon Bon Jovi called me many years ago and asked me to be in his band, I quickly realized how serious he was and had a vision that he wanted us to achieve,” Such said at the introduction to the Hall of Famers. “And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”