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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 09:06 pm
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BayouBoogie wrote: srossi wrote: BayouBoogie wrote: What is this "he" business? Bon Jovi is a band where each member has equal ownership.  The front man is Jon Bon Jovi nee Bongiovi LOL

Just bustin y'all's balls.

Does each member really have equal ownership?  I saw him on Larry King maybe 3 months ago and he pretty much said the band is all him, he makes the decisions, he surreounds himself with talented people, and they go along with what he says.  Seriously, he said that.  He's got one hell of an ego and has fallen into the Bono category now where he's a brand unto himself and he only plays music in between running a conglomerate and saving the world.

I've seen him and Sambora on TV saying that they all signed contracts years ago giving the band equal ownership among the original members. They claim they split the money earned by the band equally among the 4 originals (I don't think they ever gave the bass player they've had for almost 20 years official membership), though Bon Jovi and Sambora get more on publishing for the songs they write.

The bass player is a hired gun, kind of like Darryl Jones in the Rolling Stones. By not replacing the original guy, Bon Jovi's members can split the dough four ways instead of five.

When Bill Wyman left the Stones, it enabled them to finally make Ron Wood a full member without cutting into the shares held by Mick, Keith, and Charlie. Mick Taylor was never a full member, one of his many grievences.

After Keith Moon died and Kenney Jones stepped in, Roger Daltrey has long ripped Jones as being a poor choice due to his style of drumming. However, I've always suspected that Roger coveted the share of the band's revenues that went to Moon and which ended up with Jones due to Pete's insistance on making Jones a full member instead of a member for publicity who was actually a salaried player. This resentment meant that getting Roger back into The Who in the late 1980s required Jones being bought out, reducing the group to a four way split between the remaining three original members and their longtime manager.

Last edited on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 09:08 pm by tamalie