'I drove this band into the ground': Jon Bon Jovi reveals his fear of failure as a young musician, talks about Richie Sambora's exit and why Mick Jagger is the 54-year-old rocker's 'hero'
He's still writing hits, still filling arenas and still a rock force to be reckoned with at age 54.
And, while Jon Bon Jovi has led one of the world's most successful rock bands since 1984, he says he was also responsible for driving it into the ground.
With more than 130 million album sales to his band's name, he spoke to Sunday Night in an interview which aired on Sunday about the ups and downs of the industry.
'I drove this band into the ground': Jon Bon Jovi reveals his fear of failure as a young musician made him responsible for driving the band into the ground more than once, as he opens up about his 32-year career in an interview on Sunday Night
Speaking candidly, he revealed: 'I drove this band into the ground on more than one occasion.'
'There was the fear of failure. The fear of not being able to do it again... There was a period I blamed the management, the agents, the lawyers,' he said.
He continued saying they were so eager to prove they deserved it [their success], to the point where it became exhausting for the band members.
Then, in 2013, amid demanding tour schedules, original lead guitarist Richie Sambora made a swift and shock departure from the band mid-tour.
'There was the fear of failure': The rock legend said they feared they'd never get the same opportunities again and were so eager to prove their worth, it became exhauasting
'The guitar player didn't show up for work. There was no fight. It was never about money,' the rock legend calmly said of the incident that shocked fans and the industry.
'He'll say it now, you know, "I walked away"... I love the guy to death, but it's not a life sentence to be in a band,' he added.
Having become a veteran of the industry and still touring like crazy into his Fifties, the singer admits he thinks about what his career will look like down the track.
The singer claims Mick Jagger, 20 years his senior, is his 'ultimate hero'.
'Its not a life sentence to be in a band': Bon Jovi's original lead guitarist, Richie Sambora (second left) made a swift and shock departure from the band mid-tour in 2013 but Job (far left) is adamant there was no fight at the heart of it
When asked whether he would follow in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones lead singer, he was unsure whether he could possibly live up to his idol and perform long into his 70s.
He said until Mick stops performing, there's no 'end zone' for him to aim for.
'I don't know how the son of a b**** does it!' he said.
'I don't know how the son of a b**** does it!' Bon Jovi says Mick Jagger is his 'ultimate hero' but is unsure whether he'll be able to live up to his idol and perform well into his 70s
Continuing, he added: 'He's 20 plus years older than I am. I don't know how they do it as long as him. I don't think I can do it I can promise you that.'
Bon Jovi's new album, This House Is Not For Sale, is out now.
The rock legend, along with the band Bon Jovi, plan on touring Australia next year to support the new album.
New music! Bon Jovi's new album, This House Is Not For Sale, is out now and the band plan on touring next year to support the new album's release
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