Hugh McDonald (American musician)

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Hugh McDonald
McDonald performing live with Bon Jovi in May 2006
Background information
Birth name Hugh John McDonald
Born (1950-12-28) December 28, 1950 (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation(s) Bassist, vocalist
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts

Hugh John McDonald (born December 28, 1950) made his recording debut as a session musician for The Deirdre Wilson Tabac self titled album in 1969. Today he is best known session musician for his role as the bassist in the American rock band Bon Jovi. When he first joined Bon Jovi in November 1994, he was an unofficial member of the band. Before joining Bon Jovi he was the bass player for the David Bromberg Band, touring extensively worldwide and playing on many Bromberg albums. He has played with many other artists, both live and in the studio, and has recorded with Willie Nelson, Richie Sambora, Steve Goodman, Ringo Starr, Lita Ford, Michael Bolton, Cher, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, Michael Bublé, Bret Michaels, others and did a few dates during the Shania Twain, the Woman in Me TV tour.

He has worked with Bon Jovi in the studio since its inception and has been their bassist since original bassist Alec John Such's departure after Cross Road was released in 1994, but was still regarded as an 'unofficial' member of Bon Jovi until 2016. At the time he was an unofficial member, McDonald was left out of most publicity shoots and album covers but does appear in some of the groups promo videos. The band members say they agreed never to officially replace Alec John Such. However in 2016, McDonald became an official member. Regardless, his work with the band earned him a 1995 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Best Bassist" (tying with White Zombie's Sean Yseult).[1]

McDonald was one of the studio musicians that recorded Bon Jovi's original first demo for the song "Runaway". When the song became a local hit, Jon Bon Jovi assembled his current band without McDonald. He has also appeared on Jon Bon Jovi's solo album Destination Anywhere and was part of Jon's backing group, The Big Dogs.

In 2004 he married Kelli, a horse trainer and jewelry designer. They reside near Park City, Utah.


With Alice Cooper[edit]

Studio albums
Compilation albums

With Bon Jovi[edit]

Main article: Bon Jovi discography


  1. ^ Metal Edge, June 1996

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