Alec John Such of Colts Neck, New Jersey, sits for a photograph inside his second-floor bathtub on June 19, 2004. Alec John Such, a founding member of Bon Jovi and a bassist, has died. He was 70 years old. John Such died on Sunday, June 5, 2022, according to the band. There were no immediate details on when or how John Such died. (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — Alec John Such, a founding member of the legendary rock band Bon Jovi, has passed away. He was 70 years old.
Such, the New Jersey band’s bassist from 1983 until 1994, died on Sunday, according to the band. There were no immediate details on when or how Such died. Jon Bon Jovi’s spokesperson did not react to inquiries sent to him right away.
In a Twitter tweet, Bon Jovi said, “He was an original.” “As a founding member of Bon Jovi, Alec was instrumental in the band’s development.”
Such, who was a boyhood friend of drummer Tico Torres and brought guitarist and songwriter Richie Sambora to see the band perform, was credited by Bon Jovi with putting the band together. Such has previously collaborated with Sambora in the band Message. Such, who was born in Yonkers, New York, was a seasoned figure in the burgeoning New Jersey music scene that spawned Bon Jovi. Before joining Jon Bon Jovi’s band, Such worked as the manager of the Hunka Bunka Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, where he booked Jon Bon Jovi & The Wild Ones. During Bon Jovi’s heyday in the 1980s, he was a member of the band.
In 1994, Such left the band and was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald. In 2018, he returned to the band for its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I quickly recognized how serious Jon Bon Jovi was when he phoned me up and asked me to join his band many years ago, and he had a vision that he wanted to get us to,” Such said during the Hall of Fame ceremony. “And I’m happy to have had a part in that vision.”