Jon Bon Jovi Credits Shania Twain for Helping Him Navigate Vocal Surgery

Bon Jovi's health journey marks a new chapter

by Zain ul Abedin
Jon Bon Jovi Credits Shania Twain for Helping Him Navigate Vocal Surgery
© Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Jon Bon Jovi has recently shared a deeply personal journey of overcoming vocal cord issues in his new Hulu docuseries, "Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story," which is available for streaming. The renowned rocker's struggle and eventual decision to undergo surgery were significantly influenced by his close friend and fellow artist, Shania Twain.

The docuseries reveals that Bon Jovi began experiencing vocal troubles as early as 2015. However, it wasn't until 2022, during a tour, that a heart-to-heart with his wife, Dorothea, pushed him to make a critical choice: seek medical intervention or face potential retirement.

This decision was spurred by Twain, who had previously undergone a similar procedure - vocal fold medialization - in 2018. Twain, whom Bon Jovi affectionately refers to as his "spirit sister," played a pivotal role in his journey.

Having shared the same doctor, Robert Sataloff, Twain was able to offer both reassurance and a unique perspective on the surgery. Bon Jovi recounts how Twain comforted and playfully encouraged him by underestimating the recovery time to prevent any second thoughts about the procedure.

Bon Jovi's Vocal Recovery

The surgery, conducted in June 2022, aimed to fix the loose vocal cords impairing his singing ability. By February 2023, the improvement was noticeable, and the two celebrated Bon Jovi's recovery at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala, where Twain performed a rendition of Bon Jovi's hit "Bed of Roses." Today, almost two years post-operation, Bon Jovi diligently works with vocal coaches and performs daily voice exercises to continue his recovery.

His commitment to regain his full vocal prowess is evident, although he admits the challenge of performing for long durations remains. "I’m capable of singing," he states. "What I’m not necessarily capable of is two and a half hours a night, four nights a week, but I’m aspiring to get that back." As Bon Jovi and his band gear up for the release of their 16th album, "Forever," on June 7, fans may notice a change in his voice - described as smokier and huskier.

The album, recorded post-surgery, promises to deliver the iconic Bon Jovi sound with a new edge, marking a significant milestone in his illustrious career.