NEW YORK – Alec John Such, bassist and founding member of Bon Jovi, has died. He was 70.
Jon Bon Jovi announced on Sunday the death of John Such, the bassist for the New Jersey rock band from 1983 to 1994. No details on when or how John Such died were immediately available. A Bon Jovi publicist did not immediately respond to messages.
“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 John Such with 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. John Such had played in a band called Message with Sambora.
The Yonkers, New York Born in New York, John Such was a veteran of the thriving New Jersey music scene that helped create Bon Jovi. As the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, John 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 ’80s.
John 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 play in his band, I quickly realized how serious he was and had a vision that he wanted us to achieve,” John Such said at the introduction into the Hall of Fame. “And I’m only too happy to have been a part of that vision.”