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David Bryan

Today we will tell you about David Bryan the musician, composer and keyboardist of "Bon Jovi".

(Photo: Kevin Mazur)

1. He was born David Bryan Rashbaum on February 7, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

2. He grew up in a Jewish family. His father, Eddie Rashbaum, played the trumpet.

3. David attended Clara Burton Elementary School, where he learned to played many instruments, including violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet.

4. He started studying piano at the age of seven and already in his youth he played keyboards for a band called "Transition".

5. David was the first member to join "Bon Jovi". As soon as Jon Bon Jovi found out he got a recording contract, he called Bryan and asked him to join the band. Bryan of course agreed.

6. At the time he received the fateful call, he was a Pre-Med student at Rutgers University, with a perfect average grade of 4.0.

7. He chose his stage name David Bryan because he was constantly tired of spelling his full name.

8. He played keyboards and sang background vocals on all 15 of Bon Jovi's studio albums, including masterpieces "Slippery When Wet", "New Jersey", "These Days" and more.

9. In addition, he also played on some of Jon Bon Jovi's and Richie Sambora's solo albums, including Jon Bon Jovi's "Destination Anywhere", where he also played the accordion and Richie Sambora's "Stranger in This Town" where he co-wrote the songs and was also responsible for the string arrangement.

10. Byran has been a co-writer of the band's songs since his debut album "Bon Jovi", in which he co-wrote two songs "Love Lies" and "Breakout".

11. On the album "Slippery When Wet" he plays the trumpet but the credit is given to the pseudonym Lema Moon.

12. Before recording the album "Crush" he had an accident with a chainsaw in a way that prevented him from playing for a certain period of time.

13. In 1992 he participated in the writing and playing in the soundtrack of the horror film "Netherworld".

14. In 1995 he released his first solo album "On a Full Moon".

(Photo: This Day in Music Facebook Page)

15. In 2000 he released his second solo album "Lunar Eclipse". The album, which is mostly instrumental, showcased his abilities in playing in a variety of genres such as Jazz, Blues, Classical and of course Rock.

16. In 2018 he was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall" of Fame as a member of "Bon Jovi".

17. He wrote the music for the successful musical "Memphis" that first debuted on Broadway in 2002.

18. The musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards, of which he won 4, among them the best musical and the best score for musical.

19. Byran has written music for other musicals such as "The Toxic Avenger" from 2008 and "Diana" about the Princess of Wales. The musical was filmed and released for viewing on "Netflix" in October 2021.

20. He came to Israel twice with "Bon Jovi" and appeared in front of an audience of 100,000 people in total. He even visited the Western Wall tunnels. For his second visit from 2019 he arrived with his children and they toured the country.


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