Justin Hawkins Asks, Is Bon Jovi's Career Living on a Prayer?


The reviews of Bon Jovi's recent tour never got any better, and now a fellow singer has called on Jon to stop pretending something isn't wrong.

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness on his YouTube series, Justin Hawkins Rides Again, says, “It sounds like he needs some kind of [vocal] therapy. It doesn’t sound like it’s a polyp or some sort of lump on his vocal cords, because 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. This sounds like he’s super-tired.

"It sounds like something he’s gonna need some therapy with -- actually talk to somebody and try and coax the performances back out. It doesn’t sound to me like there’s damage in there. 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...

“It’s not fun to watch this, and it isn’t fun to regard one of the greats… He’s a great singer -- he always has been -- but this sounds like something is eating away at him from the inside.

“I feel like the people around him need to tell him to stop.”

We don't know whether his people asked him to stop, but the bleeding finally ended when the tour wrapped up last week, April 30th, in Nashville.

Hot Takes:

  • Jon nor his camp have issued a statement on his difficulties, despite numerous requests.
  • Certainly we hope nothing is wrong with Jon, and we admire him for his work ethic, but not if you are short changing your audience.
  • Is Jon's ego preventing him from admitting something is wrong?

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