Photographer David Bergman had a front-row seat as the tour photographer documenting Bon Jovi on two world tours. In the new book, Bon Jovi: Work, Bergman shares never-before-seen images of the band onstage, backstage, and in private moments at home. Click on to get a glimpse -- and read about the stories behind the photos -- of images from the book, including an exclusive of Jon Bon Jovi in excruciating pain after an injury in Helsinki.
Jon Bon Jovi leads the band onstage in Atlanta on April 15, 2010. “My go-to camera was right behind where Jon stands near the drum kit looking out at the crowd,” photographer David Bergman tells Billboard about shooting the singer in action.
“I had a half-dozen cameras all aro...
“I had a half-dozen cameras all around the stadium,” says Bergman about this shot from a New Jersey homecoming show at MetLife Stadium on May 26, 2010. “When those fireworks went off I was able to get multiple images of it from different angles and different lenses and it gave the fans and the band a unique perspective of that one moment.”
Jon Bon Jovi is triumphant on stage f...
Jon Bon Jovi is triumphant on stage fighting through the pain of a torn meniscus in Helsinki, Finland, on June 17, 2011. “We weren’t sure how bad the injury was. It happened during the show and he still played another 70 minutes and didn’t come off stage,” said photographer David Bergman.” I don’t know about you but if I tore a meniscus in my knee I would be on the ground and calling an ambulance. He stayed on stage and kept performing. I documented all that.”
Bon Jovi is visibly in pain backstage...
Bon Jovi is visibly in pain backstage after his onstage injury in Helsinki on June 17, 2011. “They brought him into the dressing room and they began to work on his knee," says Bergman. "Everybody else was gone except for his doctor and his security guard and me. It was obviously very quiet and very tense and I just documented it.”
Photograph exclusive to Billboard.
In a rare moment and to the delight o...
In a rare moment and to the delight of the audience, Jon Bon Jovi takes off his shirt on stage in Fresno, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2013. “He really doesn’t do it very often. You’d think at 52 years old with a body like that he would walk around with his shirt off all the time, but he is actually quite humble about it,” says photographer David Bergman.
“Half of this job is knowing when t...
“Half of this job is knowing when to be there and when not -- even backstage,” said photographer David Bergman about this shot captured in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 14, 2011.
In Vienna on a day off on July 23, 20...
In Vienna on a day off on July 23, 2011, Jon Bon Jovi gets a moment to relax.
“I have put cameras up in the rafte...
“I have put cameras up in the rafters, all around the stage and the stadium,” says Bergman about this aerial shot of Jon Bon Jovi in Toronto on Feb. 18, 2013.
Bon Jovi waits for the rain to stop b...
Bon Jovi waits for the rain to stop backstage at a show in Darien, N.Y., on July 23, 2013. “He was hating it,” says Bergman about postponing the show.
Keyboardist and Tony Award-winning co...
Keyboardist and Tony Award-winning composer David Bryan works on his new musical, Chasing The Song, in his New Jersey home on Jan. 17, 2014. “I really wanted to get more of the whole band at home,” says Bergman about Bryan, who only missed one Bon Jovi show to accept the Tony for the musical Memphis. “David is a really talented guy and he’s passionate about musical theater.”
The band ends a show on October 20, 2...
The band ends a show on October 20, 2013 in Lincoln, Neb. “They are still at the top of their game,” says Bergman.
Bon Jovi takes a leap on a yacht ride...
Bon Jovi takes a leap on a yacht ride in Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 16, 2013. “Jon does this jump during show. It is an iconic pose -- up in the air and always in the same position -- like the Air Jordan look.” says photographer David Bergman. “You could almost do a silhouette of that and know that it’s him.”
“We published it ourselves. There w...
“We published it ourselves. There was no outside pressure,” said photographer David Bergman about working closely with Jon Bon Jovi on selecting the photos for Bon Jovi: Work. “We were able to choose the cover, pages and photos. We could just do it the way we wanted to do and hopefully people will like it.”