Bon Jovi Touring Again? That's "Up to God"

You live for the fight when that's all that you've got

Photo: David Roemer

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 11, 2024

Later this month, we're getting a special behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi's 40-year career with the four-part limited docuseries Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story. Ahead of its April 26 premiere on Disney+, the eponymous frontman — who Justin Hawkins of the Darkness once rallied the internet to encourage to stop singing shortly after an ill-fated Harry Styles cover — has been doing press, discussing recovery from his subsequent 2022 vocal surgery and the future of the band.

"Day to day, I'm working on it," Jon Bon told Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner, citing his frequent vocal therapy sessions. "Nothing else matters until I work on getting better. It's up to God at this point. I've done everything I can do."

"I won't compromise who we are as a band live, because I'd like to think we're a pretty darn good band," he continued, adding that, post-surgery, he has sung on the forthcoming new Bon Jovi record Forever (out June 7) and "nailed" a performance at the gala honouring him as MusiCares's 2024 Person of the Year. 

Of that performance, the musician added, "When I woke up after that night, it was the first time in a decade the only voice in my head was mine — fear wasn't there, doubt wasn't there — and my wife [Dorothea] texted the kids and said, 'He's back!'"

When it comes to touring again, he's still exercising caution: "I won't fake it," he added. "The legacy matters too much." 

As of right now, Bon Jovi fans eager to see the band perform live are going to have to be more literal about "Livin' on a Prayer" than ever.

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