Jon Bon Jovi, fans collab for coronavirus song


Jon Bon Jovi. Image: AFP/Don Emmert

The 58-year-old musician recently shared a video in which he detailed his latest musical project, “Do What You Can”.

In the nearly four-minute clip, Jon Bon Jovi explains that he has already written the first verse and chorus of the yet-unfinished song.

“When you can’t do what you do/ You do what you can/ This ain’t my prayer/ It’s just a thought I’m wanting to send/ ‘Round here we bend but don’t break/ Down here we all understand/ When you can’t do what you do/ You do what you can,” he sings in the uplifting chorus.

The title of the song notably references the caption of a photograph where the Bon Jovi frontman is seen washing dishes at JBJ Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant in his native New Jersey.

Jon Bon Jovi is now calling on fans to fill in the second verse of “Do What You Can” with their own stories, urging them to “tell [him] what you’re going through” amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Tell me how you’re feeling, tell me if you’re hurting. Talk about that high school graduation that’s gonna be cancelled, talk about that prom you might just not have, talk about that baby coming that there’s nothing you can do about that, talk about the paycheck you’re losing, talk about being afraid — looking out your window and wondering what to make of all this. Just remember, we’re gonna get through it,” he adds.

In addition to working on “Do What You Can”, the singer-songwriter is gearing towards the release of his band’s 15th studio album, “Bon Jovi: 2020”, which is due on May 15.

The Jersey rock veterans previewed the much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s “This House Is Not For Sale” this past February with “Limitless”, which they described as an “anthemic rocker encouraging optimism in an uncertain world.”

Bon Jovi was originally scheduled to embark on a co-headlining United States tour with Bryan Adams in June, although the ongoing coronavirus pandemic might alter their touring plans.

The rock band has directly been affected by the global health crisis, with keyboardist David Bryan revealing earlier this March that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’ve … been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other,” he stated on social media. “This will be over soon… with the help of every American.” JB


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