On April 14, Jon Bon Jovi’s namesake band was awarded its overdue Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, with Howard Stern singing their praises during the ceremony. The glam-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since 1983, and unlike most Rock Hall inductees, they’re still selling: The band’s most recent album, 2016’s This House Is Not for Sale, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts on two separate occasions. When he’s not with the band, Bon Jovi dedicates his time to social concerns close to his heart — he works with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and JBJ’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., to fight hunger and homelessness.
“What could be left to prove?” he asks nonchalantly.
Yet, when Bon Jovi phones from his car to discuss his band’s Thursday showcase at the Wells Fargo Center — a gig meant to celebrate WMMR’s 50th anniversary — he makes it crystal clear that neither he nor his band ever lost the hunger they started with.
“You never want to not be hungry,” he says.