Jon Bon Jovi Considers Retirement from Live Performances Post-Throat Surgery

by Patria
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Jon Bon Jovi, the iconic rocker, has hinted at the possibility of never singing live again if his voice doesn’t fully recover after undergoing throat surgery. The band’s Disney+ documentary series, “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,” delves into their history, including Jon’s recent vocal cord operation and ongoing rehabilitation.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 62-year-old singer shared his candid thoughts, expressing that if his singing doesn’t meet his high standards post-surgery, he may retire from live performances. “This is the first time I’m saying this,” Jon revealed. “If the singing is not great, if I can’t be the guy I once was…then I’m done.”

While Jon is actively engaged in vocal therapy and recently recorded a new album with his band, he acknowledged the challenge of live performances versus studio work. “There is a big difference between being in a studio and going out on the road,” he explained. “We have just recorded a new album. I sing in vocal therapy every day.”

Despite his determination to recover his voice, Jon emphasized the importance of maintaining his high standards on stage. “But I want to perform for two and a half hours a night, four nights a week – and I know how good I can be, so if I can’t be that guy…put it this way, I don’t ever need to be the fat Elvis.”

Reflecting on his career and potential retirement, Jon admitted feeling closer to that decision than he’d prefer. “I’ll be crushed if I can’t sing live again, but what does a quarterback do when faced with the last ball he’ll ever throw? That’s the situation I’m in,” he said. “I want to look back on 40 years of Bon Jovi, look forward to the new album and appreciate everything. That’s my hope: to find joy in it all.”

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