Jon Bon Jovi talks being the 'poster-boy' for white privilege and why his new album isn't political: 'I'm not taking sides'
Bon Jovi is famous for their hit charts that are inspired by love and, um, live on prayer. But 2020 was an intoxicating muse that frontman Jon Bon Jovi expresses in lyrics about protests, economic struggles and a country that, as his new song "American Reckoning" puts it, is "on fire".
"If you're a writer, this is fertile ground," 58-year-old rocker told CBS Sunday Morning in a new interview. "I mean, it got me into this position almost emotionally at the moment that I don't know why I ever want to rewrite 'You give love a bad name,' you know? 'And now I just go:' That's all I have to write. 'Moments in history, moments in my story, moments in time. "
But while it's an election year, the New Jersey native is quick to make it clear that his band's latest album, appropriately titled, 2020 isn't a political one.
"Because I don't take sides," he told CBS's Lee Cowan. "I am not interested in your politics. It is important to me that you only recognize that in a world in which we live we breathe the same air."
Jon Bon Jovi addresses the turbulence of 2020 in his new album. (Photo: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)
"American Reckoning" also refers to the Black Lives Matter movement, with lyrics like "Another mother cries when history repeats / I can't breathe." According to Bon Jovi, he was reviewing his white privilege and asking for consent from anyone who "could give my opinion" while writing the song.
“If I'm not the figurehead for what could be called a white privilege, who will?” He says. “I'm an older, white, wealthy celebrity, you know? I did it. So I had to be very careful and I have run it from friends and people I didn't know who could give my opinion.
"And they did. I wrote and rewritten and rewritten and I wanted to make sure I added something to the conversation, but I made sure I did my homework."
Despite this intense new material, the rock star admits that he will almost certainly go down in history for an 80s anthem in particular.
"You know, that song will be mentioned in my obituary one day: 'The co-writer of' Livin 'On a Prayer' is dead tonight, '" he laughs, adding that he only played the song for "OK" back then. held.
That is, "There is no greater joy in my life than writing a song and thinking that this is the closest thing to the immortality anyone can ever see," he says. “It's something that will live well beyond your time here. That gives me the greatest pleasure. "
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