Jon Bon Jovi: ‘My Craft Was Being Taken From Me By God’

At a recent panel for the upcoming Bon Jovi docuseries ‘Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,’ Jon Bon Jovi opened up about a vocal injury that nearly ended his career. The singer told the audience at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California:

“I pride myself on being a true vocalist. I’ve sung with Pavarotti. I know how to sing. I’ve studied the craft for 40 years. I’m not a stylist who just barks and howls. I know how to sing. So when God was taking away my ability, and I couldn’t understand why, I jokingly said the only thing that’s ever been up my nose is my finger. So, there was no reason for this.”

The Artist’s Vocal Problems

Jon Bon Jovi has recently gone through vocal problems, noticeable during his performances. This has led to speculation among fans and critics, with some suggesting that the aftereffects of COVID-19, which Jon contracted in 2021, might be to blame. The singer detailed his issue by saying:

“One of my cords was literally atrophied. So, my vocal cords they’re supposed to look parallel. So let’s pretend one of them looks as thick as my thumb and the other one is as thick as a pinky. So, the strong one was pushing the weak one aside. And I wasn’t singing well. So my craft was being taken from me.”

To address this issue, Jon underwent a medical procedure known as a medialization operation. He commented on the operation:

“Fortunately, I found a surgeon who was able to do this really cutting-edge implant to build the cord back up. It’s still in the process.”

His Latest Performance And Recovery

Despite his ongoing recovery, Bon Jovi made a notable appearance at the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony on February 2, where he performed the band’s new single, ‘Legendary,’ set for release in March. But the singer still had doubts about his future in music while filming the new documentary:

“I say in the film in the latter episodes, ‘If I just had my tools back, the rest of it I can deal with.’ I can write you a song. I can perform as well as anybody, but I need to get my tools back.”

On his recovery, he shared:

“I’m 19 and a half months into my rehab, and Friday night [at the MusiCares ceremony] was the first time I’d sung in public. Saturday morning was the first time I’d woken up without multiple voices in my head. That was the best feeling. It was just me. So, I’m a work in progress.”

Looking ahead, the artist expressed excitement for the docuseries and the band’s upcoming album. After releasing a holiday single, ‘Christmas Isn’t Christmas,’ in November 2023, fans eagerly await the full album, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2024.