I officially came out of hibernation on my socials this week to fangirl over the fact that Bon Jovi was releasing an original Christmas song for the first time since "I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas" back in 1992.
"Christmas Isn't Christmas" dropped this week (17 November) and I may or may not have snuck away from my work to listen to it for the first time. (It's only three-and-a-half minutes, calm down.)
Check out the lyric video:
I'm not really the festive type, but I quite like this song and it feels right for Bon Jovi at this point in their career. Definitely beats Jon sanitising "Fairytale of New York" to stay on brand. 😉
Here's Jon talking about writing the song as a gift to his parents and kids when they couldn't all be together for the holidays:
What do you think of the track? You can download or stream "Christmas Isn't Christmas" right now. 😊
I'm also not really into board games or tabletop games, because I'm just no fun like that, lol. But if that's something you do with your family and friends, you can now add Bon Jovi's 40th anniversary Monopoly to your stack.
Here's Jon playing it with David Bryan, Phil X and John Shanks:
If you're keen, you can order your Bon Jovi Monopoly set from the online store.
In other news, Jon Bon Jovi was announced last month as the 2024 MusiCares Person of the Year. He'll be honoured at a benefit gala during Grammys week, with proceeds going towards health and human services for music professionals.
Jon spoke about the honour:
And Sir Paul McCartney congratulated him, which is pretty rad because... well, it's Paul McCartney:
Anyway, I'm off to calm my inner Grinch and add "Christmas Isn't Christmas" to my holiday playlist -- along with with the original "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, and of course, "How to Make Gravy" by Paul Kelly (because I'm Australian).
Feel free to share your thoughts below. 😊