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Mar 03 2021
Jon Bon Jovi Conversation to Precede AXS’ Broadcast Premiere of Concert Film
Jon Bon Jovi Conversation to Precede AXS’ Broadcast Premiere of Concert Film

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi will sit down for an exclusive interview March 20 with Spotify’s head of rock, Allison Hagendorf, for “AXS TV Presents: A Conversation With Jon Bon Jovi,” followed by the broadcast premiere of the band’s only concert performance of 2020, “On A Night Like This — Bon Jovi 2020.”

“We released our new album during such a unique year and without a tour we had to find a different way to perform these songs for our fans,” said Bon Jovi. “AXS TV has been a great partner and I’m looking forward to everyone getting the chance to watch this special showcasing the band’s first and only time performing 2020 live together.”

The pre-show event will air prior of the broadcast premiere of “On A Night Like This – Bon Jovi 2020” at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Filmed in quarantine in a studio in Nashville, the film features first-time performances of tracks from the band’s 15th studio album, “2020,” including “Limitless,” “Beautiful Drug” and “Do What You Can.” The film offers fans a glimpse into how the band managed and weathered the storm during a global pandemic, with backstage footage and interviews interspersed throughout the film.

The wide-ranging interview with Hagendorf will explore the past year, with a focus on how Bon Jovi navigated the musical waters in unprecedented times, which resulted in the band delaying the release of its record, cancellation of a tour and Bon Jovi writing two songs inspired by the unfolding events in the nation. The chat will also delve into how the band was able to eventually find a way to film the concert and segments for “On A Night Like This,” and Bon Jovi’s personal focus on passion projects doing his own part to help with the Covid-19 crisis. As a bonus, viewers can submit their own questions in an AXS TV sweepstakes, where several will be selected to be answered in a “Fans Ask” segment.

“I first interviewed Jon nearly a decade ago in New York, and it is truly an honor to have the opportunity to sit down with him once again,” said Hagendorf, host of the Spotify podcast “Rock This With Allison Hagendorf.” “It is such a treat for fans, including myself, to hear firsthand about the band’s personal journey during this challenging past year. I was fascinated to learn how these moments, both big and small, culminated into their latest body of work, and I cannot wait to share it with AXS TV’s audience when the interview premieres on March 20.”

“AXS TV has quickly risen as a premier multiplatform brand sought out by acclaimed artists and entertainers. We are proud to be able to offer them strong promotional partnerships such as this, which empower them to share their latest projects directly with a massive audience of dedicated music enthusiasts,” said Sarah Weidman, head of original programming, development and multi-platform content for AXS TV. “AXS TV is honored to join forces with Bon Jovi to bring ‘On A Night Like This’ to television for the first time as part of a multiplatform event — giving our viewers the best seat in the house for an unforgettable evening featuring an exclusive interview with Jon Bon Jovi followed by a unique performance from one of rock’s most legendary bands.”

Both the interview and the concert will be available across all AXS TV digital platforms immediately following the broadcast premiere, with an encore presentation airing Sunday, March 21 at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

Feb 18 2021
BON JOVI RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “STORY OF LOVE”
BON JOVI RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE “STORY OF LOVE”

(February 18, 2021) – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band BON JOVI releases a new video for their current single “STORY OF LOVE” off the band’s critically acclaimed fifteenth studio album 2020.  True to the lyrics, the video takes a deeply personal look at songwriter Jon Bon Jovi’s family life with never-before-revealed family photos and home videos.  The video will premiere on YouTube this Thursday at 12:30pm ET and Jon will be live on YouTube answer fan questions starting at 12pm ET.  The video can be seen HERE.

“Although I wrote “Story of Love” about my family, I hope when people listen to the song and watch the video, they will see themselves and their family,” said Jon Bon Jovi.

About Bon Jovi:
Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalog of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in the last decade alone.  Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.

Feb 16 2021
Story of Love Music Video - Behind The Scenes
Story of Love Music Video - Behind The Scenes
Jan 30 2021
"Story Of Love" New Single and Lyric Video
"Story Of Love" New Single and Lyric Video
Watch the new lyric video for "Story of Love".
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Dec 08 2020
Jon Bon Jovi releases 3 new holiday songs: 'An early gift from me to you'
Jon Bon Jovi releases 3 new holiday songs: 'An early gift from me to you'

Bon Jovi has never released an official holiday album, but Jon Bon Jovi is gifting fans this year with not one, not two, but three holiday songs for them to enjoy.

The songs are covers of Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again," The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" and "If I Get Home on Christmas Day," which was recorded by Elvis Presley on the 1971 album "Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas."

Petty's "Christmas All Over Again" is a 1992 song that appeared on both the charity album "A Very Special Christmas 2" and on the soundtrack for "Home Alone 2: Lost In New York."

The Pogues' song, which is a duet with late singer Kirsty MacColl, came out in 1987, but was recently in the headlines due to the BBC's Radio 1 announcing last month that it would only play a censored version of the song, removing several offensive words in lyrics. In his version, Bon Jovi has gotten around that by rewriting the lyrics to remove the offending words.

The music videos for the songs are exclusively available to members of the JBJ Experience Fan Club.

In other Bon Jovi news, more than a million fans tuned into the band's Facebook page to watch the documentary "On a Night Like This," which featured the band performing its hits as well as songs on the new album, "2020."

 

Dec 06 2020
JON BON JOVI RELEASES “A JON BON JOVI CHRISTMAS”
JON BON JOVI RELEASES “A JON BON JOVI CHRISTMAS”

NEW YORK, NY – Last week Bon Jovi’s concert documentary On A Night Like This – Bon Jovi 2020 was seen by more than one million viewers who tuned into the Bon Jovi Facebook page to watch the band’s first-ever full album performance of their critically acclaimed release 2020. This week, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi is giving fans an early holiday gift with the release of three holiday songs: “Christmas All Over Again,” “Fairytale of New York,” and “If I Get Home on Christmas Day,” available Monday, December 7th on all streaming and digital platforms. Recorded this Fall to cap off the 2020 holiday season, the song’s accompanying music videos can be seen exclusively by members of the “The JBJ Experience” which also features outtakes and never-before-seen content on https://www.bonjovi.com/pages/fan-club.

About Bon Jovi:

Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, and extensive catalog of hit anthems, thousands of concerts performed in more than 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and ticket grosses well over $1 billion around the world in the last decade alone. Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band.

Oct 26 2020
Jon Bon Jovi Has Had a Hard Year, Too
Jon Bon Jovi Has Had a Hard Year, Too
GQ.com

Sometimes it takes an artist to reflect an event back at us, so we can truly see and feel it. It could be a photo taken by a journalist or a witness, like the Falling Man from 9/11. Or it could be a film, like Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, which brought home the reality left in Katrina’s wake. This year, Jon Bon Jovi’s trying to show us who we are with his new album 2020, which tackles the pandemic, political divisiveness, and police violence, among other fractures in the current American landscape. It’s his attempt to, as he puts it, “bear witness to history.”

This is Bon Jovi’s second record since longtime writing partner and guitarist Richie Sambora abruptly left the band during a world tour back in 2013, amid some personal challenges and family struggles. He talks about 2020 as his first time stepping out from behind the rock star person, and it’s a more personal, less glam record than we’ve heard from him before.

But this is still Jon Bon Jovi: 2020 opens strong (first words: “Wake up!”) and grabs you immediately with its straightforward pop-rock clarity. The album is unusual and maybe necessary and inspiring—it became a kind of personal musical life raft this summer during a difficult stretch for my family. When I watched Jon perform ‘Do What You Can’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ for a benefit he organized for first responders and front-line workers in his home state of New Jersey this summer, it felt as if Bon Jovi could connect the dots between the different voices struggling to be heard in America, and help lead by example through this tumultuous time.

Bon Jovi has also put his money where there were suddenly more mouths to feed than ever and fewer hands to do the work. Since March, both he and his wife could be found most days at the two community restaurants and massive food bank supported by his foundation near his homes in hard-hit New Jersey and Long Island. During the unending months of lockdown, he helped support thousands who needed it, and now he’s delivered a credible soundtrack of American life this year. GQ spoke to Bon Jovi about 2020 and 2020.

Oct 22 2020
Jon Bon Jovi: “I’m The Posterboy For White Privilege”
Jon Bon Jovi: “I’m The Posterboy For White Privilege”
AmericanSongwriter.com

“Let’s face it, I’m the posterboy for white privilege,” says Jon Bon Jovi a few weeks before 2020 is ready to drop. Started long before COVID-19 shut down the nation, George Floyd galvanized Black Lives Matter and Breonna Taylor’s death and lack of reckoning further called into question certain police practices, the once-and-always heart throb to generations of arena rock fans realized that the album he was making with the band that wears his name, that was already leaning into a more cultural awareness than a lot of straight-up rock & roll, could be so much more.

Recognizing the epidemic levels of gun violence – especially mass shootings, the notion of kids without meaningful homes, food and opportunity, vets with PTSD, the state of fear, anxiety and anger, 2020 started out topical. Then it got real.

“Chances are with the police, they’re giving me an escort somewhere,” he continues. “I’ll never know what it’s like to have ‘the talk’ with my children (about what to do it if stopped by police). But this is a call to action. Watching (George Floyd’s death), I was so taken by this, it hit me so hard…”

His chagrin turned to songs.

“American Reckoning.” “Lower The Flag.” “Brothers In Arms.” “Unbroken.” “Let It Rain.” “Blood In The Water.” There’s a tension to them, a sense of a live electric wire down on a rain-covered street; dangerous, hard to handle, yet the sparking wire absolutely must be addressed.

If “Limitless” and “Do What You Can” took on “Livin’ On A Prayer” faith and positivity, while “Beautiful Drug” and “Story of Love” offered the realities of how all the different kinds of love unfold for classic Bon Jovi fans, the 58-year old rocker needed more from 2020. Not just more “hey, watch me be serious,” or “hey! let me be a big rock star!!!” more, but more helping people shake off the stupor induced by emotional-button-pushing so they could plug into their fellow humans.

“I set out to make a topical record,” concedes the earworm king of “It’s My Life,” and “You Give Love A Bad Name” on the phone from Jersey. “The first song was ‘Blood in the Water’ two years ago. The names have changed, but the story hasn’t…

“Because the song’s not just a moment in time, I wondered ‘Would it be dated?’ It starts with Storme Daniels and the line ‘a storm is coming…’ – and it’s not (dated).

“The immigration problem with kids in cages, Russian hacks, which we’re going to be seeing again. At one point, it’s Guiliani or Barr, Michael Cohen, all the people who’ve stood up for him…”

Not that he’s taking sides. Aware enough to know, he realizes preaching to the choir doesn’t help.

“I’m just the narrator. You know my position, there’s no need to go there. But ‘Lower the Flag,’ ‘American Reckoning,’ just the facts tell the story,” he pauses, thinking about the conflicting voices and confusion around all of us. Left, right, liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Anarchist, Kanye: so many points of view, so little grounding.

“I don’t know where to tell you to view the unspun truth. Either side of the aisle, the news, social media, it’s hard to find the truth. We’re politically divided, and unable to have testing because no one wants to find the common ground.

“But what if this – any of these songs – happened to someone in your life?”

Empathy. Not a buzzword for ‘80s and ‘90s arena rockers, yet “Unbroken” found him working to understand the reality of PTSD, injured vets and the power of service animals. He admits, “I never served. This came from a phone call from my publisher, asking if I’d be interested in writing a song for a small documentary about soldiers with PTSD…”

Not even edited, the director shared a couple clips, sent over some facts, talked about the mission of both the film and the story being told. In a world often looking away from those who served, Bon Jovi – whose parents met in the Marines – knew the landmines would be in repeating the canon of post-military songs.

“I was very conscious of Billy Joel’s ‘Saigon,’ Bruce’s ‘Born in the USA,’ ‘Sam Stone,’ but the kids in this movie… they weren’t drafted, they signed up for a better way of life. When they put on that uniform, it was something they’re so identified by and with,  when you take it away from them, it’s like Superman’s cape is gone.

“So in talking to some of the people, someone told me, ‘You’re either broken, or you’re put back together.’ That struck me, so I made it a hymn, or a prayer for all of us.”

A prayer for all of us. What could be more necessary in times like these?

Considering the delay, providence given the addition of “American Reckoning” as a reality check with urgency that doesn’t tell anyone how to think, 2020 somehow didn’t miss its moment. While so many people’s music has seen its meaning shift during the shutdowns, the waiting, the pause and the inability to tour, JBJ got lucky.

For him, the gap only made his new record more necessary, more of the moment and more urgent. If “You Do What You Can” is a fizzy rocker empowering whatever difference you can create, the rest of the album opens up perspectives for the state of America no matter what side you’re on.




Oct 09 2020
Q&A: Jon Bon Jovi On Speaking Out On Powerful ‘2020’ And Still Being A Fan Of His Heroes
Q&A: Jon Bon Jovi On Speaking Out On Powerful ‘2020’ And Still Being A Fan Of His Heroes

Forbes.com

"It's a long way from 'You Give Love A Bad Name' to 'American Reckoning.'" Jon Bon Jovi says laughing. Don't misunderstand, tThe Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame frontman is very proud of his storied past.

As he says during our 45-minute Zoom call to discuss the band's superb new 2020 album, he stands behind the band's seminal hits, like "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer. But now at age 58, he isn't trying to recreate his past.

" I said this when I was 25, 'When I'm 50 I don't want to be painting my fingernails black and writing bitch on my belly,'" he says laughing.

So on this new album he has written some of the most powerful and compelling songs of his storied career, including "American Reckoning," which directly references the George Floyd killing this past May, and "Lower The Flag," a forceful song about the gun violence epidemic in America.

I spoke with him about the writing of the album, remaining a fan of his heroes, including his friend "Beatle Paul," his philanthropic foundation and his favorite lyricists.

Steve Baltin: Do you feel a sense of prophecy in these songs?

Jon Bon Jovi: I'll give you a great example of a prophecy is "Blood In The Water." It was the first one in the summer of '18 and I could walk you through it. "A storm is coming," Stormy Daniels. "Let me be clear/the walls around you are closing in," could've been last night's debate. So whether it was Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen and General Flynn to the impeachment hearing to the Russian hack at the end of it, which was in '16, that's relevant now, this same storyline, to me, is a revolving door of characters. I did think for a period of time, "Oh my god, this is gonna be dated. No one is gonna know who I am referencing." But it doesn't matter because it was as relevant this morning after last night's debates. So that song, to me, specifically, is a prophecy, it's timeless.

Baltin: Another song I really loved is "Unbroken," which falls in the tradition of great anti-war songs.

Bon Jovi: A song like "Unbroken" will always be timeless because soldiers will always be coming home and dealing with this. I had a conversation with a director [Josh Aronson] of a very small, but moving documentary called To Be Of Service. And he had asked me to write a song hoping that my name and his bet that I could write "the" song could bring attention to this issue. And I wanted my spin to be the pride that men and women have when they put that uniform on. And then the issues they have once they take it off. When you think about how identified a soldier is when he walks down the street that's a great sense of pride in the world in which live today. It's not the Vietnam era with the young men and women returned to be spat upon. Nowadays they're heroes and they come back and we all appreciate what they give. When you take that uniform off, you put the Superman costume back in the closet and yet you're having to deal with the traumas. And I still wanted to find that thing that made them want to keep doing it and be proud of what they did. So in the very last line, when it says, "You asked me was it worth it to be of service in the end/Well the blessing and the curse is/Yeah, I'd do it all again." And the responses I have gotten to that differentiate it from [John] Fogerty writing Vietnam-era songs or Bruce [Springsteen] writing "Born In The U.S.A."

Baltin: If I remember you are also a huge Tom Waits fan and "Day After Tomorrow: is as good an anti-war song as you will find.

Bon Jovi: I adore Tom Waits, Waits and [Leonard] Cohen, two of my favorite lyricists absolutely. He's a genius. Some people just think of "The Heart Of Saturday Night" or if they really think they're witty they go, "You know, he wrote 'Jersey Girl.'" (Cracks up) Yeah, I know. I love a good storyteller and he is one of the greats.

Baltin: One of the things I love about this album is it's built around just telling relatable stories. And it's funny because people may think you haven't spoken out before on these issues. But even "Livin' On A Prayer" is very much a story.

Bon Jovi: It is a story song. The thing about a song like that, which was the timeless boy meets girl, we will win in the end, fill in the blank with the names and then they become you, the story has been told. What I loved about this is I didn't make these my story. This is just the truth being reported, just facts and moments in time that I either lived or watched or read about. So I really didn't have much of an interest in writing a pop song in the true sense of a pop song with that boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. It wasn't inspiring.

Baltin: Writing is a subconscious thing often. So were there moments on there you didn't realize how deeply you felt about things until you made this album?

Bon Jovi: Oh yeah. "Lower The Flag" and "American Reckoning" come to mind off the top of my head. Both issues that obviously I felt very deeply about and that I could articulate. And to be able to articulate them not only in conversation , but in a song. These weren't things that I had ever tackled before, but I was cognizant of. And to get it to a place where I'm very proud of the presentation so I'm able to share it, it's a long way from "You Give Love A Bad Name" to "American Reckoning" (laughs).

Baltin: Are you more comfortable with it as you've gotten older since most every artist seems to get more comfortable and confident with themselves as get older?

Bon Jovi: For clarity, in truth, I adore "Runaway" and "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer." And that's absolutely positively who and what I was and what I wanted to say. And it's all I knew how to say at that time. I wasn't looking to do more than that. And because I've been around so long this is who I am at 58 years old. That's not who I was at 21 and 25. So this has just been the journey I'm on. Here I am today. If a listener picks up an album and expects "Livin' On A Prayer" part six, you're not gonna find it here. I don't want to rewrite it. That was then.

Baltin: Do you feel, and this ties in with your charity work, as you've gotten older it's more important to focus on and share that?

Bon Jovi: Because we've taken the foundation to such a place I never thought we would, where that motivation comes from, it really wasn't instilled me as a kid. Not to the place I do it now. My parents weren't political or involved in the community. It's something that evolved in me with my wife, which is why. And it happened as I grew and grew up. No one should blame a twenty-year-old for having single-minded focus on wanting to be the lead singer in a rock band and singing about that. Amen to it. But if I were 58 and still writing songs about that I think it would be a waste of an opportunity. I said this when I was 25, "When I'm 50 I don't want to be painting my fingernails black and writing bitch on my belly" (laughs). And so we stood out from the genre from whence we came and I'll stand here in front of you with gray hair and a 32-inch waist and say, "It's who I am, that's where it's at. I'm not pretending and dying my hair and getting Botox on the 'Where are They Now' tour." I'm not interested. I'd rather walk away and leave a good-looking corpse than try and chase the past. To me, that would be a sin.

Baltin: Are there artists you admire for the way they evolved and aged gracefully? And of course saying that about John Lennon feels ironic because he didn't get to age gracefully. His evolution was in such a short time.

Bon Jovi: Boy, what he did. I have the absolute incredible, heaven-sent gift to actually be able to say I'm friendly with Paul McCartney. And I get to spend a lot of time with him in the summers. And I jokingly tell him that John and George just went back to their planet. It just doesn't make any sense. John went from "She Loves Ya" to "Imagine." Who would've thought that in that boy was that man?

Baltin: I love that you refer to it as a heaven-sent blessing to be friendly with him. What would your childhood self think about being friendly with Paul McCartney?

Bon Jovi: I refer to him as Beatle Paul all the time. Wherever I'm at with him it's "Hey, Beatle Paul, hey Beatle Paul." And one night he actually said to me, "Why do you do that?" And I said, "Because I'm too old to call you Mr. McCartney and I'm too in awe to think that I could call you Paul. I'm too reverent." And he's like, "Okay." That was one amazing but true story. I'm such a fan of a lot of people. When I met Tom Waits it was the same way. I was like, "No, you don't get it. I have tried to write 10 of your songs for the last 30 years." I was like that with [Bob] Dylan and with Bruce [Springsteen], from the time I was a little boy. So a lot of those guys that I still look up to in that kind of way.

Baltin: What is the one Tom Waits song you wish you could have written and why?

Bon Jovi: "Who Are You." That just immediately came to mind, the same way Dylan's "I Want You" is one of those kind of songs, or "Just Like A Woman." But you know, "Who Are You?" F**k! And I love "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," Bone Machine, they're all so good. "Hold On," what a great f**king song. "Come On Up To The House," "The House Where Nobody Lives," oh those f**king lyrics, awesome. Oh yeah, you and I could go deep on this.

Baltin: No songwriter is ever satisfied. But you hit moments you feel you are coming closer to where you want to be. Did you find those on 2020?

Bon Jovi: I'm too close to the album today to tell you a song, but this album says that for me. I'm just a little too close to it right now because I'm literally working on the live film we shot of it and editing. I'm too close. But I'm so proud of it as a whole. One thing that Covid did was it allowed me to go back and listen to a whole bunch of the albums. Some of it was better than I thought. Some of it wasn't as good as I hoped, but the body of work still holds up to me.

Oct 08 2020
Bon Jovi Celebrate Love in ‘Beautiful Drug’ Performance on ‘Ellen’
Bon Jovi Celebrate Love in ‘Beautiful Drug’ Performance on ‘Ellen’

Watch the video HERE on RollingStone.com

Bon Jovi were the latest musical guests on Ellen this week, performing the song “Beautiful Drug” from their new album 2020.

On a makeshift stage surrounded by carpeting and draped curtains, the band played a socially distanced rendition of the song, which celebrates the power of love through the darkest times. And like several of the songs on 2020, “Beautiful Drug” finds Jon Bon Jovi getting topical about the current American crisis: “Tear off your mask, no need to hide/There’s a prescription that no doctor can prescribe,” he sings. “Can’t walk on water, down on your knees/You enter numbers, step right up, the stuff is guaranteed.”

Last month, Bon Jovi previewed 2020 with the single “Do What You Can,” with an accompanying music video featuring Jon Bon Jovi walking around a deserted New York City during Covid-19 lockdown. Jon Bon Jovi later dueted with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles on the song.

“As I finished the mix and did the video [for the album version], I said, ‘Boy, this song would have such crossover potential.’ Jennifer was my first choice, and she said yes,” Jon Bon Jovi told Rolling Stone in an interview. The pair previously scored a Number One country hit in 2005 with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

Oct 07 2020
Jon Bon Jovi on "2020" album, new song about Black Lives Matter movement, and family
Jon Bon Jovi on "2020" album, new song about Black Lives Matter movement, and family
Grammy award-winning band Bon Jovi recently released its highly anticipated new album. Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi discusses how the pandemic and the death of George Floyd inspired the songs on the band's most topical record to date, "2020."
Oct 07 2020
‘I am a witness to history’ — Jon Bon Jovi tackles 2020
‘I am a witness to history’ — Jon Bon Jovi tackles 2020

APNews.com

Jon Bon Jovi has been churning out love songs and arena anthems for nearly 40 years, but his latest release “2020,” has taken his music to another level.

It’s Bon Jovi’s most socially conscious album to date. Calling the collection, a “moment in time,” he references COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd, the 2019 Dayton shooting, PTSD of returning soldiers and other issues concerning the 58-year old rocker.

But tackling hot-button topics can be divisive, especially with fans on both sides of the political aisle. Bon Jovi says that’s not his intention.

“I am a witness to history, and if I took that position throughout the project, I didn’t think it would be political. I thought it would be social commentary,” Bon Jovi said.

He defended his approach saying, “nowhere along this line does it say, you know, left, right, red, blue, black, white.”

Originally set for a spring release, the album was delayed, and a tour was cancelled because of the pandemic. That gave him more time to reflect on the world around him. That period added “Do What You Can,” a tribute to those fighting COVID-19, and “American Reckoning,” which was an emotional response to hearing Floyd calling out for his mother as a police officer kneeled on his neck.

“My eyes welled up with tears and I couldn’t help but go in my room and try to write a song,” he said.

Proceeds from the single will support the Equal Justice Initiative.

Bon Jovi shared his thoughts on these tumultuous time during an interview with The Associated Press. He also spoke about the weirdness of the band’s recent live performance in Nashville, Tennessee, whether he plans to tour on the senior circuit like Bruce Springsteen or Mick Jagger and why he sees hope in the next generation.

AP: During a lockdown, a lot becomes evident. Where have you found hope?

Bon Jovi: I have a son who graduated high school this year, now as a freshman at college, and he’s not having any of the experiences that other kids would have had. But out of that, what I really believe in my soul is that those kids who were born out of 9/11 and graduate school in a pandemic are going to be the ones that are the innovators, the creators, the ones that are going to fix the mess that old guys like me and you left them. And I think that they’re gonna be the ones that don’t give a damn about the color of your skin or your sexual orientation.

AP: Did you have any concerns when writing about George Floyd in “American Reckoning”?

Bon Jovi: Even though we have the foundation and I’ve built affordable housing for 15 years from Newark to Camden to Philly to Georgia to L.A., I don’t pretend to know what it’s like to walk a mile in his shoes. And so, I made sure I wrote that down. If there’s a such thing as white privilege, then obviously I fit that profile: A white, older, affluent man who happens to also be a celebrity. I never had to have “the talk,” you know. And so, I made sure I wrote that down. And all of this, I had to make sure I got right.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Oct 06 2020
Jon Bon Jovi joins the Armchair Expert - Listen now!
Jon Bon Jovi joins the Armchair Expert - Listen now!
JBJ on Armchair Export with Dax Sheppard
Jon Bon Jovi is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. Jon joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the sustainability of his music career, the two share in the false sense of confidence they once had, and Jon admits how crazy it is that he’s been making records longer than he hasn’t. Jon tells the story of his mob meeting with Howard Stern and how Bruce Springsteen joined him on stage when he was in high school. Dax praises Jon on all of the work the JBJ Soul Foundation (www.jbjsf.org) is doing and we have the most special fact check ever with special guest, best friend Aaron Weakly.

LISTEN HERE.
Oct 06 2020
Jon Bon Jovi on People Have the Power - Listen Here
Jon Bon Jovi on People Have the Power - Listen Here

AmericanSongwriter.com

In an incredibly timely interview, People Have The Power host Steve Baltin sat down with Jon Bon Jovi to discuss his latest album release, 2020, and how he chooses to witness history. 

Released this past Friday, 2020 is a 13-track ode to humanity’s current state as well as a timeless body of work embodying the larger emotions of a tumultuous time. Baltin had exclusive access to the brain behind the album as he questioned Bon Jovi on his many inspirations and songwriting practices.


Oct 02 2020
Bon Jovi 2020 Out Now!
Bon Jovi 2020 Out Now!
"...it's BRILLIANT..." - USA TODAY

In a year that has defied all expectations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi released their 15th studio album 2020 today on Island Records. The album can be ordered here. Already critically acclaimed, USA Today called the album “BRILLIANT” and Associated Press wrote of the depth of lyrics within the songs that “chronicle pain, loss, fear and death from the coronavirus, police killings and mass shootings.”

With touring sidelined, the band has taken to the airwaves to launch the album with a special performance live on iHeart radio October 2nd at 7pm ET (check local listings). The band will perform new songs from 2020 along with a few classic Bon Jovi favorites.

Album Release Special - IHeart Radio

Originally set for release on May 15, 2020 was a completed album with a breadth and depth of songwriting, titled for a challenging and pivotal election year. Along with all of America, Jon found himself unexpectedly experiencing a world-altering coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by the staggering events of George Floyd’s death and the ensuing national movement for racial equality. He knew there was even more to say about 2020. Writing from a home studio, two new songs were born: “American Reckoning” and “Do What You Can” encompass these events and made the album a complete body of work.

Well known for his extensive philanthropic work, Jon spent the initial quarantine days and weeks with his wife Dorothea helping feed those in need at their JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant in Red Bank, NJ.  Later, the couple opened a Food Bank on the East End of Long Island to meet the food demands of the in-need population there.

“No band has stirred more empathy, articulated the feelings of uncertainty, and comforted fans with reassurance than the Jersey rockers in the first weeks of the outbreak,” USA Today said of the storied band’s impact during those historic weeks.

Bon Jovi 2020

TRACKLISTING with songwriter credits

Limitless (Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, John Shanks)
Do What You Can (Jon Bon Jovi)
American Reckoning (Jon Bon Jovi)
Beautiful Drug (Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, John Shanks)
Story of Love (Jon Bon Jovi)
Let It Rain (Jon Bon Jovi)
Lower the Flag (Jon Bon Jovi)
Blood in the Water (Jon Bon Jovi)
Brothers in Arms (Jon Bon Jovi)
Unbroken (Jon Bon Jovi)

Oct 02 2020
Is Bon Jovi's socially conscious album '2020' a new chapter for the band?
Is Bon Jovi's socially conscious album '2020' a new chapter for the band?

APP.com

Twenty twenty has been a year like no other.

So how about a Bon Jovi album like no other? Bon Jovi's “2020,” due Oct. 2, is promised to be more socially conscious of current events than previous works.

“I am a witness to history,” said frontman Jon Bon Jovi in a statement. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

Tracks like “Lower the Flag,” which takes on gun violence; “Unbroken,” a look at soldiers and post-traumatic stress disorder; and “Blood in the Water,” a take on today's caustic political environment, are very much in the moment.

Two tracks added after the album's planned May release bear it out even more. “Do What You Can” speaks to the resiliency of those on the frontlines — and everybody else — of the coronavirus outbreak. “American Reckoning” is about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the impact of the Black Lives Matter protests across the globe.

Yet, perhaps the work of Bon Jovi was always socially aware, if not politically proactive. Tommy and Gina from “Livin’ on the Prayer” are living a hardscrabble life due to an economic downtown and “Runaway” details strife at  home.

More:How Bon Jovi became the rock 'n' roll epicenter in the battle against the coronavirus

Oct 02 2020
Bon Jovi is back in 2020
Bon Jovi is back in 2020
CNN.com

Singer Jon Bon Jovi talks about the band's new album, its first in four years and 15th overall.
Oct 01 2020
Jon Bon Jovi gets real about white privilege, emotions and reality in new LP
Jon Bon Jovi gets real about white privilege, emotions and reality in new LP

NYPost.com

When Jon Bon Jovi first titled his namesake band’s 15th studio album “2020” last year, he had no idea that number was going to end up feeling more like 666 to a lot of people.

“I thought ’2020’ signified clear vision, and after [2016’s] ‘This House Is Not for Sale,’ I thought I had a vision of where we wanted to go and what I wanted to say,” the rock god, 58, told The Post. “The second thing was a cute ‘Oh, it’s an election year. This’ll sell a lotta T-shirts!’ ”

Now, as the new LP arrives Friday — five months after it was first scheduled to be released — the original vision of that title has been blurred. “2020” has gotten a topical twist in the wake of a pandemic, racial injustice and political turmoil.

“I really realized the title had a much deeper meaning … and I was bearing witness to history,” said Bon Jovi, who was born John Bongiovi in Perth Amboy, NJ. “And that allowed me the opportunity to rethink what I was saying and to go back into each and every song and look at it lyrically.”

Not only did Bon Jovi push back “2020” due to the coronavirus crisis — “I thought that the last thing that the world needed was a rock band to release a record” — he canceled the group’s summer tour rather than postpone it so that ticket buyers could get refunds. “I was much more cognizant that folks would need the money [back] for the rent and credit card bills,” he said. “Who knows when anyone’s ever gonna perform the way we would have again?”

But rather than just livin’ on a prayer during lockdown, Bon Jovi wrote two new tunes that — along with other socially conscious songs such as “Lower the Flag” and “Blood in the Water” — helped define “2020.” One quarantine composition is “American Reckoning,” a Springsteen-esque ballad that Bon Jovi wrote after seeing the video of George Floyd’s murder in May.

“When I was watching and you heard George Floyd calling out for his mom, my eyes welled up with tears, and I had to go in my room and close the door and write a song,” said Bon Jovi. He was especially mindful about his message as a white man: “I certainly would be eligible to be the poster boy of white privilege, so who am I to think that I can write this song? So I wrote down, ‘I’ll never know what it’s like to walk a mile in your shoes.’ ”

Meanwhile, the anthemic “Do What You Can” was inspired by one of Bon Jovi’s five-days-a-week shifts at one of his three JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants, which help feed the needy. The rocker’s wife of 31 years, his high school sweetheart Dorothea, snapped a photo of him on dishwashing duty at the Red Bank, NJ, location, which was then posted on social media with the caption, “If you can’t do what you do … do what you can.”

“The next day when I woke up, I went, ‘Well, there’s a big ol’ Bon Jovi song title,’ so I wrote the song,” said Bon Jovi, who took to the streets of New York to film the single’s video in August. “We went from the Intrepid down to Wall Street and everywhere in between … Here I was singing a song that had been born out of the COVID-19 crisis, and I was reminded of the day when the NFL called upon Bon Jovi to play Times Square after 9/11 to kick off their season the following year, and we were playing to half a million people. Eighteen years later, here I am singing a song again out of crisis to nobody.”

With homes in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Red Bank, Bon Jovi is thankful to have “the best of all worlds.” He has forged a tri-state alliance with two other regional Rock & Roll Hall of Famers: Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

“I followed in their footsteps with the aspiration of being half as successful as [either] of those guys were,” said Bon Jovi, adding that now, “it’s a close brotherhood. We do talk, and we do see each other, and we do get together and play each other’s songs.”

Just as Bon Jovi keeps challenging himself musically, he still pushes himself to stay in rock-star shape. “Nobody loved the fat Elvis,” he said with a laugh. “That’s my reminder … I eat and drink and I live a full life, but I’ve just always enjoyed working out.”

So can he still slip in to his skintight ’80s jeans? “That might be a stretch, but I’m not too bad,” said Bon Jovi, noting that he prefers a slightly more relaxed fit these days. But that doesn’t mean he would be caught dead — or alive — in Dad jeans.

Sep 29 2020
Jon Bon Jovi Talks Optimism, Recording During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Why Everyone Should 'Do What You Can'
Jon Bon Jovi Talks Optimism, Recording During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Why Everyone Should 'Do What You Can'
Parade.com

“Livin’ on a Prayer” singer Jon Bon Jovi, 58, celebrates the new decade with 2020, his namesake band’s 15th studio album (releasing Oct. 2). It’s fortified with the kind of feel-good, stadium-rock anthems that Bon Jovi fans love and other songs dealing with the issues of today, including the COVID-19 crisis. Bon Jovi also runs three nonprofit JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants in New Jersey, with the goal of building community and providing meals and training to those in need.

Why such socially conscious themes?

2020 is the most unique year that any of us has ever lived. Because of the pandemic, the state of political affairs and the divisions, it’s a distinctly different time than I have ever known in my lifetime. I’m at a place in my life and career that I can be a witness and write about it. “Do What You Can” is one of the songs that came out of the COVID crisis.

The first track on the album, “Limitless,” is upbeat. Are you an optimist?

The cornerstone of Bon Jovi’s music was optimism, always. In the face of grunge music, we were the polar opposite. “Livin’ on a Prayer” is the ultimate optimist song. So nothing’s changed.

What has the pandemic taught you?

We have all been forced to reassess our lives, and maybe we don’t have to run on that treadmill as fast and as furiously as we have in the past. This quality time with my family hasn’t hindered my creativity; it’s helped me to be a little more grounded.

You work with son Jesse in his Hampton Water wine business. What’s that like?

Jesse and his college roommate came up with the idea and have had huge success. I jokingly say that if I’m going to be involved in my kid’s business, I’m much happier that it’s rosé than tube socks. I like the samples a lot more!

What are some of the social issues that you wanted to cover on 2020?

It was two years ago that I sat down and wrote “Blood in the Water,” so that was going to be one bookend. I started to cover issues, whether it was soldiers with PTSD with the song “Unbroken,” or a year ago when the back-to-back shootings in Dayton and El Paso gave me cause for alarm because they were horrific and I sat down to write “Lower the Flag.”

By the beginning of 2020, the record was done, it was turned in and we were going to go on the road in May. Then everything turned on a dime. I realized if I was going to have a record called 2020 and tell you that I was writing a topical record, how could I not address COVID?

And so, in light of what happened at one of our community restaurants—one of the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants, where I was washing dishes, my wife took a picture in order to tell our in-need population that the restaurant was remaining open. She said, “What should the caption of the photo be?”

And, honestly, what she probably was asking me was, “What are the hours of the days?” And I said, “If you can’t do it, you do what you can.” And I said, “Well, there you go, there’s a song. That’s what I do.” I realized to release a topical record, I had to write a song about the COVID crisis. Because if ever there was a time to write a song that everyone could relate to, it was the pandemic. So I wrote this empowering song, “Do What You Can.”

And then as that’s finished, the George Floyd incident happens and the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement takes place. And again, I would be remiss if I didn’t try to tell a story. As a witness to that history, I sat down to write what became “American Reckoning.” At that time, I said, “OK, enough. I’m mentally exhausted from the process of trying to capture moments in time that have happened over these last two years.”

Two of the songs were written after the lockdown. How were they recorded?

We flew to California. John Shanks, our guitar player/co-producer for the last 15 years, has his own place, so we all agreed to fly out to L.A. for two days and knock the songs out. Phil [X] and John live out there, Tico [Torres] and Hugh [McDonald] took one private plane from Florida and I took one from New Jersey, and that was it. We spent the time, money and effort because I knew the songs were worth it, and we went to a private studio and flew right back.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen has been open during the pandemic to feed people. But it started years before. What was the inspiration?

I’ve had the JBJ Soul Foundation for 15 years now. For a decade and a half, we’ve built affordable housing from coast to coast, nearly 1,000 units of affordable housing for people from all walks of life. We opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, more than 10 years ago now. Red Bank is where our New Jersey home is, and then we built another one after Super Storm Sandy in a place called Tom’s River, New Jersey, which encompasses even more, because under our roof, we have a food bank, a food pantry, a service provider and a culinary program. Having learned from our experiences in Red Bank, we knew that people needed service providing, and so we teamed up with several and brought them under our roof.

And then the third one is at Rutgers University because we were very aware of kids who are dealing with food insecurity at college. And so, through Rutgers, we embraced that model, and up until the pandemic we were operating out of Rutgers.

So we have three of these restaurants and it started when I started the foundation 15 years ago. And then in the economic downturn when we weren’t building houses, my wife’s idea was that we need to feed the people that you built the houses for, so it was her concept for us to build the restaurants, and, of course, that unique model didn’t exist anywhere and we created it.

You mentioned what you learned from COVID personally, but how do you see it out in the world?

I think that this class of 2020, these kids right now, high school and college graduates, are going to be our next great generation. I say that because they were born out of 9/11 and then they were forced through the pandemic to miss their prom, their graduation, turning of age and going to school. [The loss of] all the innocence and fun things is going to make them think harder and be more driven to prove that they are going to be ones to save us. I see a lot of that determination and I have faith in them that they’re going to be that great, innovative generation.

How have you changed from the beginning when you were getting your career established to today? It seems there’s a big difference in how you now portray yourself?

One of the things about me, and having been around as long as I have, is I grew up in public. I was 21 when I got a record deal, and I’m 58 years old. So if I were to pretend to be 21 years old today, I will have let myself down. And so, folks that have been on this journey with me, whether they were there in the beginning and their lives took them in a different direction or another generation came on midway through, the train kept rolling. People got on and off that train over, like I said, these nearly 40 years now, and this is just who I am today.

You’ve been involved with sports teams over the years. Are you the owner of a team now?

No. I was once upon a time. That’s how the foundation was born. Some 15 years ago, I was the co-founder and owner of an arena football team. We played indoors and it was on television. It was very successful and I enjoyed it immensely, but after five years with the economic downturn and its restructuring, I took that as my opportunity to sell my stake. I kept the foundation and my partner kept the team, and then my pursuits were different.

What is there in life that you don’t have that you want?

Time. I want more time. I’m starting to enjoy things even more, and I want more time.
Sep 29 2020
Jon Bon Jovi on how his experiences inspired upcoming album 'Bon Jovi: 2020'
Jon Bon Jovi on how his experiences inspired upcoming album 'Bon Jovi: 2020'
USATODAY.com
Sep 28 2020
Watch RADIO.COM LIVE with Bon Jovi this Thursday
Watch RADIO.COM LIVE with Bon Jovi this Thursday

"If you can't do what you do, do what you can..."

Simple and powerful words from New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi -- and words that still ring true now as we enter the seventh month of COVID-19 restrictions in the United States.

This Thursday, October 1 at 6PM ET / 3PM PT, Bon Jovi will join RADIO.COM LIVE remotely for a special interview and performance as we look to find out more about the work the band has been doing to help communities in need, and rock some tracks new and old for fans just burning to see them again in a live setting.

Watch it all unfold right here on this page and on RADIO.COM/live, or follow along on Facebook with RADIO.COM.

Sep 23 2020
Why Bon Jovi Says He Took 'A Chance' With New Album '2020'
Why Bon Jovi Says He Took 'A Chance' With New Album '2020'

Bon Jovi recorded his new album, Bon Jovi: 2020, in early 2019, so it goes without saying that the superstar needed to pivot the direction of some of the project to reflect the hardships that we’ve gone through this year.

Speaking with iHeartRadio prior to his set at our 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday (September 19), the rock star recalled the making of the album, which is due out on October 2. Recorded in March 2019, the sessions saw the band record their way through Christmas, before the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The overturn in life as we knew it prompted the band to return to the studio and take a more socially conscious approach. "In a topical 2020, just shy of the election, everything else is covered on this record. I've really taken a chance," he said. "I'm just saying, ultimately, I really went out on a limb. It's not You Give Love a Bad Name. This is a very heavy record."

"When I wrote 'Do What You Can,' I realized what a universal message it could be if I got it right. No matter, who you are or where you're from on the planet Earth, we experienced this together," he said, calling the song "a daunting task" as every word of it had to be real.

READ MORE HERE

Sep 21 2020
Bon Jovi Live-Debuts Jennifer Nettles-Assisted 'Do What You Can'
Bon Jovi Live-Debuts Jennifer Nettles-Assisted 'Do What You Can'
IHeart.com

Bon Jovi's upcoming album, 2020, takes a socially conscious approach and there's no better agenda, especially with a title like that, and he's shared another piece of the LP.

On Saturday (September 19), the star took to the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival to unveil the newly-updated version of the album’s single, "Do What You Can," featuring Jennifer Nettles. As part of his 30-minute set, which was introduced by Ryan Seacrest in New York, Bon Jovi kicked off his performance, alongside a full band, in Nashville with the country-charged rendition of the COVID-19-inspired single. Standing at the center of a studio stage, the singer jammed out to the track as Nettles’ vocal contribution jumped in and out of the track via a video screen projection.

Read the full article here.




Sep 20 2020
Jon Bon Jovi On His New Collaboration With Jennifer Nettles
Jon Bon Jovi On His New Collaboration With Jennifer Nettles
Sep 19 2020
Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles Reunite in Powerful and Topical Duet
Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles Reunite in Powerful and Topical Duet

Who says you can’t go home? Fifteen years after gliding up the country charts together, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles have reunited for a new single and video, “Do What You Can.”

 

 

Jon Bon Jovi wrote the topical track early in the coronavirus pandemic. The single brings the vocalists back together after their 2005 duet single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which reached No. 1 at country radio in 2006. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, that track won a Grammy for best country collaboration with vocals.

FULL ARTICLE : http://www.cmt.com/news/1825098/jon-bon-jovi-and-jennifer-nettles-reunite-in-powerful-and-topical-duet/

Sep 18 2020
Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles "Do What You Can" Country Single Available Now
Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles "Do What You Can" Country Single Available Now

Fifteen years after working together on the Grammy-winning, chart-topping single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi and country music superstar Jennifer Nettles have reunited for a country single of the band’s newest song “Do What You Can.”  The song will make its live debut at this year’s iHeart Radio music festival on September 19th.  The song can be heard HERE and the stunning video which took to the streets of New York City can be seen HERE.

The song, written by Jon Bon Jovi in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, quickly became an anthem for the collective experience the world was experiencing. As press reported at the time:  “No band has stirred more empathy, articulated the feelings of uncertainty, and comforted fans with reassurance than the Jersey rockers in the first weeks of the outbreak,” USA Today said of the storied band’s impact during those historic weeks.

“In 2005 Jennifer helped BON JOVI take ‘Who Says you Can’t Go Home’ to number one on the country charts. It was her powerful and emotion filled voice that I hope will carry us back onto the country airwaves again to share this uplifting message of unity,” said Jon Bon Jovi.

“Being invited to sing with Bon Jovi back in 2005 on ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ was a real blessing as an artist and in my career,” said Jennifer Nettles. “I could not be happier to continue that amazing musical story on our new duet ‘Do What You Can.’ (Or should I say ‘Duet What You Can’)

Sep 01 2020
Watch The Hampton Water Cares Virtual Concert for Covid Relief
Watch The Hampton Water Cares Virtual Concert for Covid Relief
Aug 19 2020
Jon Bon Jovi Covers The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas & More For COVID-19 Relief
Jon Bon Jovi Covers The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas & More For COVID-19 Relief

Read the full article here:  https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-08-14-bon-jovi-covers-the-beatles-black-eyed-peas-more-for-covid-relief/

 

Listen to full broadcast below:

Jul 23 2020
New Single "Do What You Can" Available Now
New Single "Do What You Can" Available Now

BON JOVI 2020
SET TO RELEASE OCTOBER 2
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE

NEW SINGLE “DO WHAT YOU CAN” AVAILABLE NOW
LISTEN HERE



“BON JOVI HAS BECOME THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EPICENTER IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS…” – USA TODAY

After being forced to cancel their world tour and delay a highly-anticipated album, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi announced today that their new album 2020 has officially been set for release on October 2, 2020 on Island Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. The band also released a new single “Do What You Can”available everywhere now.

Originally set for release on May 15, 2020 was a completed album with a breadth and depth of songwriting, titled for a challenging and pivotal election year. Along with all of America, Jon found himself unexpectedly experiencing a world-altering coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by the staggering events of George Floyd’s death and the ensuing national movement for racial equality. He knew there was even more to say about 2020. Writing from a home studio, two new songs were born: “American Reckoning” and “Do What You Can” encompass these events and made the album a complete body of work.

“I am a witness to history,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

Well known for his extensive philanthropic work, Jon spent the initial quarantine days and weeks helping feed those in need at his JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Calling himself the “hall-of-fame dishwasher” at the restaurant, Jon was captured by his wife Dorothea in the photo below, which was later posted to social media with the caption “If You Can’t Do What You Do… Do What You Can.” The songwriter’s mind immediately went into action and a complete song was created the next day. In the spirit of togetherness that embodied the early days of quarantine, instead of releasing the complete song Jon asked fans to “write their verse” and tell their story. Jon sang the first verse and chorus and went on to receive thousands of fan-created verses, both heartbreaking and heartwarming, in a flood of responses across band socials with the #DoWhatYouCan hashtag.

“No band has stirred more empathy, articulated the feelings of uncertainty, and comforted fans with reassurance than the Jersey rockers in the first weeks of the outbreak,” USA Today said of the storied band’s impact during those historic weeks.

The final version of “Do What You Can,” written by Jon Bon Jovi, was performed acoustically for the first time on the star-studded Jersey4Jersey benefit special, raising $ 6 million for the state which was hard hit during the pandemic. In the weeks that followed, the full band was able to record the song in the studio and add it to the forthcoming album.



TRACKLISTING with songwriter credits
Limitless (Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, John Shanks)
Do What You Can (Jon Bon Jovi)
American Reckoning (Jon Bon Jovi)
Beautiful Drug (Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon, John Shanks)
Story of Love (Jon Bon Jovi)
Let It Rain (Jon Bon Jovi)
Lower the Flag (Jon Bon Jovi)
Blood in the Water (Jon Bon Jovi)
Brothers in Arms (Jon Bon Jovi)
Unbroken (Jon Bon Jovi)

Jul 15 2020
JBJ's Review of The Circle
JBJ's Review of The Circle

Jon Bon Jovi discusses the album, The Circle, released in 2009.