Jon Bon Jovi Explains Bruce Springsteen’s Role In His Recovery: ‘My Voice Was Broken’

During a new conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock’s Matt Wardlaw, Jon Bon Jovi shared the impact Bruce Springsteen had on his recovery after a challenging vocal surgery.

In 2022, the Bon Jovi frontman had to undergo vocal cord medialization, a surgical procedure aimed at restoring his voice to its proper function. During this time, Springsteen emerged not just as a fellow musician but as a pillar of support, as the rocker disclosed:

“Bruce [came] to pick me up every couple of weeks. We’d take these 100-mile drives during the surgery where I could barely speak and just that vote of, ‘I’m here for you, man.’ You know, ‘We’ll get through this.'”

The Challenge Of Vocal Surgery

This period of recovery is also a significant part of Bon Jovi’s career, captured in the upcoming Hulu four-part docuseries ‘Thank You, Goodnight,’ set to debut on April 26. Describing the surgery, the singer noted:

“My voice was broken. And I had to go and seek someone out for something that’s not commonplace in vocal surgery. And it was scary. So these last couple years have been that journey.”

The Severity Of The Situation

Jon elaborated on the severity of his condition before the surgery, explaining how one of his vocal cords was ‘atrophying,’ leading to significant disparities in their sizes—a condition that threatened to take his craft away from him. The seriousness of this health issue was highlighted further during a panel at TCA for ‘Thank You, Good Night.’ Bon Jovi opened up about his struggle, saying:

“One of my vocal cords was literally atrophied. Your vocal cords are supposed to look parallel, or let’s pretend that they are as thick as a thumb — one of mine was as thick as a thumb, and the other one was as thick as a pinky. So, the strong one was pushing the weak one aside, and I wasn’t singing well.”

Despite the hurdles, the frontman remains hopeful about returning to the stage. In a recent interview with Mix 104.1 Boston, Bon Jovi expressed his desire to tour but admitted that he is still in the process of recovery from the major surgery. His goal is to perform two-and-a-half-hour shows four nights a week for months on end.

As Bon Jovi and his band celebrate their 40th anniversary, they continue to look forward. Their 16th studio album, ‘Forever,’ is slated for release on June 7, with the first single ‘Legendary’ already making waves.

Watch the rocker’s interview below.