The Darkness's Justin Hawkins Says People Need to Tell Jon Bon Jovi to Stop Singing

"There must be a huge machine around Bon Jovi that stops him from being able to pull the plug, which is what needs to happen"

Photo: Drew de F Fawkes (left)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished May 10, 2022

Justin Hawkins of the Darkness believes in a thing called being real, and he's put out a call for those surrounding noted Harry Styles cover artist and Christmas-ruiner Jon Bon Jovi: "People around him need to tell him to stop."

After releasing their seventh studio album Motorheart last year, the Darkness have been busy with touring and the like, but not too busy for Hawkins to launch a YouTube channel called Justin Hawkins Rides Again. Every week he posts two to three videos discussing music new and old, oscillating between talking shit and giving in-depth analyses of why he loves certain songs and bands. It's a good balance, and in a recent video, he seems to have some genuine concern for the Bon Jovi bandleader — but would also like him to stop singing immediately.

"If you're in a situation like that and you can't deliver the goods and you can't give your audience what they deserve, that's horrible; it's a horrible feeling," Hawkins noted based on his own decades of experience while watching some fan-filmed videos of Bon Jovi's 2022 tour in support of their 2020 album. "You just wanna go home, and I expect he's feeling the same way, really — but there must be a huge machine around Bon Jovi that stops him from being able to pull the plug on it, really, which is what needs to happen, I think."

In his thorough examinations of Jon Bon's recent vocal performances, the British rocker went on to discern that therapeutic intervention is needed.

"It sounds like he needs some kind of therapy, and I think a lot of the time," Hawkins deduced, adding: "It doesn't sound like it's a polyp or some sort of lump on his vocal cords, 'cause that would be more unpredictable: he would be hitting the notes and then it would squeak off and it would do something unexpected, but that's not what's happening here. I'm not a doctor, but I've experienced voice problems before, and to hold a note with it being off-key suggests some pitching issues that might be to do with hearing as well."

"He's a great singer — he always has been — but this sounds like something is eating away at him from the inside, and I don't think it's a voice injury," Hawkins concluded. "It saddens me to see it, I'm sure we're all disappointed."

As the Darkness bandleader warns off the top of the video, "we're talking about something really sad." After all, aren't we all just living on a prayer?

Watch the full video below.

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