In a sprawling interview Jon Bon Jovi discusses politics, his feud with Trump, and his music career.
Turns out Jon Bon Jovi bookended his Biden Inaugural ‘Celebrating America’ performance by chatting with a reporter from The Guardian. The interview covered a LOT of ground: from writing “Livin’ on a Prayer” with Richie Sambora, dabbling with acting in the 90’s, washing dishes in food banks he helps operate, and venting some political sentiments on his latest album 2020.
Considering his enduring popularity since the mid-1980’s, has he ever considered running for office? Bon Jovi pictures a career in politics as “a sh– existence. Selling yourself and your soul. Hell no.”
Bon Jovi has allowed candidates from both major parties to use his music: from Bill Clinton in the early 1990’s through Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in 2015.
And despite writing lyrics on his new album about gun control, the coronavirus pandemic, and Black Lives Matter, Jon says he and his bandmates don’t always agree on politics:
“There are men on my stage who see things differently, but I don’t let our differences come between us… But I would be a hypocrite if I told you I write songs that claim to be a witness to history, and then don’t listen [to the other side].”
Did you know that Bon Jovi feuded with Donald Trump years ago as they submitted dueling offers to purchase the NFL’s Buffalo Bills?
“I was really shocked at the depths [Trump] went to. He wasn’t even qualified to buy the team, because you have to submit your tax returns, and he never filed the paperwork. Instead, he did this dark shadow assassination thing, hoping to buy the team at a bargain basement price. But I just couldn’t understand how this misinformation was being put out there. It was seriously scarring,”
For the full interview with The Guardian click here.
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