David Bryan Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Bon Jovi, Music, Interview

Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Administrator

David Bryan Biography

David Bryan born David Bryan Rashbaum, is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the keyboard player for the rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals. He is the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.

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David Bryan Age

David is born on 7 February 1962, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States. He is 57 years as of 2019.

David Bryan Height

He stands at a height of 6 Feet.

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David Bryan Wife

David got married his high school sweetheart April McLean on August 25, 1990, but got divorced in 2004. They have two daughters and a son: twins Gabrielle (Gabby) Luna Bryan and Colton Moon Bryan (born March 10, 1994), and Tiger Lily Bryan (born April 28, 2000). David married Lexi Quaas on August 7, 2010, in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

David Bryan Children

He has two daughters and a son: twins Gabrielle (Gabby) Luna Bryan and Colton Moon Bryan (born March 10, 1994), and Tiger Lily Bryan (born March 10, 1994), and Tiger Lily Bryan (born April 28, 2000).

David Bryan Young

David attended elementary school at Clara Barton, where he played many instruments including violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet. He also attended Herbert Hoover Middle School, then J. P. Stevens High School, from which he graduated. Bryan began to learn piano at age seven and played keyboards for a band called Transition with bass player Steve Sileo and lead singer Mike Ziegel. He studied with Emery Hack, a professor at Juilliard, for thirteen years. Bryan briefly attended Rutgers University but dropped out to attend Juilliard.

David Bryan Bon Jovi

Bryan was the first Bon Jovi member to receive a call when Jon Bon Jovi learned that he had received a recording contract, and agreed to join the band. He choose his performance name when he grew tired of continually having to spell out his entire name. At the time, Bryan was attending Rutgers University and was studying Pre-Med with a 4.0 GPA. Bryan has played keyboards and sung on all of Bon Jovi’s albums, as well as the solo projects of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Bryan co-wrote the songs “Love Lies” and “Breakout” on Bon Jovi’s self-titled first album, “Only Lonely”; “The Hardest Part Is the Night” and “To the Fire” on 7800° Fahrenheit; the hit “In These Arms” on Keep the Faith; and “Last Cigarette” on Have A Nice Day plus the international bonus track “Unbreakable”.

David Bryan Musical theater

He co-wrote the musical Memphis with Joe DiPietro, which had its off-Broadway debut in 2002. In 2008, Memphis was performed at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. The show was also performed in January 2009 in Seattle, Washington, at the 5th Avenue Theatre, prior to moving to Broadway later in 2009. Memphis, which ran on Broadway from October 18, 2009, to August 5, 2012, was nominated for 8 Tony awards for the 2010 season and won 4 including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Bryan also co-wrote the musical The Toxic Avenger, again collaborating with Joe DiPietro. The musical made its off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages on April 6, 2009.

He has been working on a new musical with DiPietro titled Chasing The Song, which chronicles American songwriters from 1962–1964 who worked in the Brill Building. Bryan describes it as “It’s a fictional story about factual America.” Director Christopher Ashley and choreographer Sergio Trujillo are now involved. According to Playbill, “A fall or early winter workshop of the musical is currently being planned. Broadway is the goal.”

David Bryan Charity work

Bryan is very active in VH-1’s Save the Music program, as well as Only Make Believe. He also wrote the anthem for Only Make Believe, “Rockin’ All Over the World”, with Dena Hammerstein. He is an honorary Board member for Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that brings interactive theatre to chronically ill and disabled children in hospitals and care facilities. He is also a board member of Damon Marks’ Traveling Guitar Foundation.

The band has built several homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The video for the hit song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” is a documentary of the making of these homes. The band also gave Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network one million dollars. With this, she created Bon Jovi Boulevard in Louisiana. Bon Jovi was welcomed back, one year later, to see Bon Jovi Boulevard, and to unveil it to its future residents.

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David Bryan Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $120 million.

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David Bryan Interview

Bon Jovi Teleconference

David Bryan & Tico Torres

 The opening question asked the band members if they could offer any reason to explain their enduring popularity.

David Bryan: I think for us, really, we say we’re a current classic.  We strive to have new records.  We strive to have new songs on the radio.  I mean, we’ve got our 14th record coming out, and hopefully it’s another number one record.  And that feels good that we can gain those new fans and still bring our – our fans have been there with us for some of the ride, all of the ride, to keep on the ride.

 Bon Jovi have been responsible for many love songs over the years, their current tour includes a Valentine’s Day show in Tampa. However, did the musicians have any favourites in that category from their back catalogue? Would the new album serve up another in a similar vein?

David Bryan: Tico, I answer for Tico.  I help him out.  Tico likes “Always,” and he really likes “Bed of Roses,” like you said.  And then he likes the new one on the Bonus track, “Real Love.”

Tico Torres: “Real Love,” yeah.  That’s my favourite.  You know, at my age, I’ve got to revert to my younger friend.   Always at home.  I mean, it’s one of those songs that’s very intimate.  And I think it speaks to everybody, which is kind of nice.

 Even though guitarist Richie Sambora had left Bon Jovi back in 2013, people are still given to ask questions regarding him. The band members handled those well as if they were to be expected and not just tolerated. This would be the first album to not feature their former guitarist. Did the change in the band chemistry make for a different and difficult recording experience? How had his replacement, Phil X, fit into the band dynamic in the studio and recording process?

David Bryan: You know, as far as Phil X, he has Canadian roots.  He’s helped us out quite a few times in the past.  And John Shanks has been with us, producer, who is more than a proficient guitar player – amazing.  We’ve been working with him for quite a few albums, and the fact that we recorded everything in one room together, predominantly with John Shanks, just adds a flavour to it.  It was the old way of making records, you know, everybody in the room, and trying different tempos and melodies, and an immediate response for what we’re doing.  So, John was kind enough to join us on this next tour, as well as Phil.

It’s a different thing, but there’s new life, and I think when you have new people, you have new energy.  And, of course, the creative process, the way we’ve worked together, is working with each other in the room.  And the song dictates.  And if everybody’s on the same page, it makes beautiful music.  You know, of course, we had some wonderful years with Richie, but if he wants to move on in his direction, it’s one of those things that you can’t avoid, and we carry on, because the premise of this record is, “This House Is Not For Sale” is the roots, and the fact that we’re still together and strong and love playing music together.

 Had Billy Falcon now filled the role of songwriter instead?

David Bryan: Our producer also covered a lot with John and with Richie. So, it changed a little of the dynamics a little bit, I think. But at the end of day, like I said, it wasn’t our choice. You only can control yourself, and he just didn’t want to be here. So, that was his choice. And we decided to carry on. So, I think musically, for this, we just came into the studio, and said, “Let’s do this one almost more old school,” where the last couple of records were different. But this one was getting in the studio, looking at each other, bashing it out. We did it at the Avatar, which used to be the Power Station, where we originally started. We made our first record there in ’83. And it just felt good, and it felt good to get in there and take these songs and build them together. And that was John Shanks, myself, Hugh and Tico and Jon. And then Phil came in and played a couple of solos. But it was – that was the core then, over the last year, of making this record. And I think it’s musical. I think it’s – you know, we’re going to keep our commitment is to keep carrying on, because we like to make music, and it works for us.

Tico Torres: Just to add on, you know, the three-year period since the last record, I mean, the band itself also went through a lot of angst. Richie’s a brother with us for many years – not something you brush off. And, of course, time heals wounds, and music heals everything. So, at the end of the day, it’s not like we’re brushing them off, but it’s just something you must carry on in your life.

 With yet another tour fast approaching and with the bands extensive back catalogue did the band find set list composition for a tour a difficult and arduous task?

David Bryan: It’s funny. We try to change the list every night. I mean, there’s certain staples that people expect and probably deserve. I mean, I remember when I was very young and going to watch three of my favourite bands in one night, I’d want a hit. I want to hear the songs that brought them to that pinnacle of success. And we try to keep those in there. We change our sets just about every night. And we have a big roster to pick from, so depending on the shows, we get to play with them and bring them in and out, which also makes it fresh for us and great for the audiences. You know, we try to do as long a show as possible to fit them all in.

 The new album This House Is Not For Sale has previously been described by Jon as “The record is about our integrity. Integrity matters and we’re at a place in our career where we don’t have anything left to prove.” I know you guys talked a little bit about the old way of making music and getting together and doing it organically. Does that kind of play into the theme as well?

David Bryan: Yes, I think, I mean, it started with Jon – saw a picture, which is the album cover and said, “You know what?” And he looked and said, “This House Is Not For Sale.” And it represented integrity. It represented, you know, there’s going to be – it’s not for sale. We don’t want this to end. It’s not going to give it away. And that’s it. And it is integrity. And then it started, like he said, it started with I, my heart, my soul. This heart, this soul. And then at the end, these again, so come on up to this house, which is inviting everybody in. So, I think it’s like a journey of the themes where we’re at is in that record.

 Bon Jovi’s previous album, Burning Bridges, was viewed more as a contractual and obligational album. So, how was making This House Is Not For Sale sort of different?  Bon Jovi have the roots of This House Is Not For Sale, in that you guys have your specific sound, so does that play into how this album sounded versus the last one?

Tico Torres: That’s an interesting question. Both have messages. And more importantly, is the message now. It’s always – it shows where we’re at right now, the way we feel, not only in music and mentally, but also has that optimistic, which has always been inherent in our music. And it’s a message that we live by personally, so it’s nice to be able to convey that musically. So, they’re both two different animals, I would say.

 Bon Jovi’s live shows are legendary, and I have personally experienced them many times over the years. They seem to have a very raw and emotional quality despite the band having existed for such a long period. Would it be difficult to convey that feeling into the newer material which they would be preparing for the forthcoming tour? I note that the band are playing a few selected shows ahead of the main tour during which they would be featuring the new album in its entirety.

Tico Torres: Yeah, I mean, it’s a lot of fun to be able to do sort of a listening party with what we call “Friends and Family” for where it’s a story telling what the song’s about. And the fact that we could play the record live, you know, you record it’s spontaneous, and then to lay it down. And usually, you’ll end up doing a couple songs or if not more from a record, a new record on your tour. This concept of doing it before the record’s out and doing it in a small forum, where you can explain the lyrics and the story and the reasoning behind it is for me probably the unique forum to be able to show your music and the work. We had to relearn these things. It’s odd when you create, you don’t remember it, and you must go back and listen again. So, the fact that we could perform it – it’s almost immediate gratification in a sense, because you’re sharing it at that moment for the first time, not only with yourself, but with the audience. So, it’s a unique experience to do these four shows like that.

 Given the band’s success on the This Left Feels Right album, which featured alternate versions and many acoustic versions of Bon Jovi songs, would the band ever consider doing a tour of acoustic songs in intimate small venues?

David Bryan: I don’t think so – you never know, but I think what we like to add to our shows that we’ve done in the past is to come out and do like an acoustic part of it, where we come in and sing a couple of songs and do it acoustically. So, that could be something there. But not a plan for an acoustic tour. You know, this, what we’re doing now, is a live listening party. It would be four shows in New Jersey, London, Toronto, and then New York. And that’s just to bring the record in its entirety – 15 songs. That’s what that is. But there will be a segment where we would play acoustic.

Adapted from:antiheromagazine.com

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