Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Bon Jovi releases Do What You Can video

The official music video for Bon Jovi's COVID-19 anthem "Do What You Can" has been released. Check it out:

It's kind of a mini documentary of the pandemic, interspersed with Jon walking around New York in a face mask. The rest of the band is absent, but there was a nice little nod to David Bryan, whose musical Diana was supposed to open on Broadway this year. (It will now premiere on Netflix next year, and is scheduled to open on Broadway in May 2021.)

Anyway, back to the "Do What You Can" video. It's fairly literal, I guess, but it made me hopeful that the situation around the world will get better.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Kings of Suburbia's Hampton Water happy hour

In today's episode of Things I Never Thought I'd See, Jon Bon Jovi covered The Killers and Black Eyed Peas. It was part of Hampton Water Cares -- a virtual concert featuring Jon's other band, the Kings of Suburbia, and lots of bottles of Hampton Water rosé. The show was streamed on Facebook and raised money for World Central Kitchen's COVID-19 relief efforts.

Jon was joined at his studio (with plenty of social distancing) by Everett Bradley on percussion, Lorenza Ponce on violin, Greg Mayo on guitar and Carl Gentry on keyboards. Jon's son and Hampton Water Wine co-founder, Jesse Bongiovi, hosted the broadcast.

You can watch/re-watch the full broadcast of Hampton Water Cares on the Hampton Water Facebook page. The performances are also up on YouTube.

I really like Jon in acoustic mode these days. He sounds pretty good and it's the only time we can realistically expect him to pull out bonus tracks like "I Will Drive You Home". Plus, it was unexpectedly cool to see him having a bit of fun with "Mr Brightside" and "I Gotta Feeling", even if he flubbed the lyrics. I've affectionately renamed the latter song "I Gotta Feeling (Oh No, Somebody Sing the Chorus)". 

Jon also indicated during the after party on Instagram that there are plans to broadcast the 2020 album being performed live, in lieu of a tour.

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