The Bon Jovi Experience are the worlds first and finest tribute to the great Bon Jovi and features Jon Bon Jovi clone frontman Tony (Jon By Jovi), accompanying him are 3 other ex By Jovi members, namely Jon (Tico) drums, Steve C (Hugh) bass and Chris (Dave) keyboards, having left the now defunked By Jovi. With Edd, (Richie Sambora - Guitarist) in place, together they produce the looks and sounds of the real thing so closely that: We quote:
"You could almost be fooled into thinking that this band was the real thing". "Quite simply a mirror image of the man himself" and " Have you seen this guy he looks so much like Jon Bon Jovi it's freaky man" Chad Kroeger -Nickelback.
Tony has been performing the music of Bon Jovi for over fifteen years now and the band were the first to be asked to perform on the US New Jersey tribute album, "Garden State of Mind". He is the only UK Bon Jovi tribute band frontman to actually be asked to appear on Channel 4’s Big Breakfast show with the real Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
They were told recently by BBC Radio 1 DJ and TV personality, Chris Evans, that "they were the best tribute band he had ever seen" and have also been asked to appear live on Chris’s show. The band has a significant fan base not to mention Tonys various TV and film appearance’s, including ITVs International Stars and their Doubles hosted by Dale Winton, BBCs Doctors series and British film Kinky Boots.
Performing Live with the REAL Jon Bon Jovi
Tony attended a couple of Bon Jovi shows himself and was actually mobbed when he was mistaken for the real Jon Bon Jovi by hundreds of screaming Bon Jovi fans and official photographer’s asking for autographs and pictures.
Chad Kroeger, frontman with Bon Jovi’s guest band Nickelback, even picked Tony from the forty thousand strong crowd and said, i quote, "have you seen this guy he’s that much like Jon bon Jovi its freaky man" then had his own photographer take pictures of him!
As a result Tony has been the topic of conversation on the official Bon Jovi website... an honour that no other Bon Jovi tribute band front-man has ever gained.
Then, on Monday 13th November 2006, Tony and the band received the ultimate accolade when they were requested by Bon Jovi to perform live at the Hard Rock Cafe in London for the celebrations surrounding Bon Jovi’s induction into the UK Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. during this performance Jon Bon Jovi himself joined Tony and the band on the stage and performed the song ‘Who say’s you can’t go home’ to the delight of the sell-out ‘Backstage with Jon Bon Jovi’ fan club audience of die hard fans.
Another amazing honour that no other Bon Jovi tribute band has ever received.
Following this Tony was then later asked by Coty Prestige to fly to Barcelona and appear as Jon Bon Jovi to help promote the Jon Bon Jovi/Kenneth Cole fragrance 'R.S.V.P'. Jon and Kenneth invited 500 guests to a star-studded R.S.V.P. charity event earlier that year and raised over 1 million dollars.
From touring all over the world, (every major city & town in the UK, the Channel Islands, Malta, Holland, Spain, Ireland and the very first Bon Jovi tribute to tour the Middle East to name but a few!) the band have seen many sell out shows. With wild reactions from the crowds and with a full tour schedule for 2010, the boys are no strangers to living the rock n roll dream!