Jon Bon Jovi Talks 'Legendary' 40th Anniversary and Joy

Jon Bon Jovi explores life's deeper meanings in new song.

by Zain ul Abedin
Jon Bon Jovi Talks 'Legendary' 40th Anniversary and Joy
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In an engaging discussion with Audacy's Karen Carson, music icon Jon Bon Jovi delved into a plethora of exciting topics, including his latest single, "Legendary," the commemoration of Bon Jovi's monumental 40th anniversary, the anticipation surrounding the upcoming Hulu four-part documentary "Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story," and much more.

"Legendary" serves as the lead single from the band's forthcoming album and marks a return to the quintessential Bon Jovi sound that fans have adored for decades. Jon Bon Jovi, alongside John Shanks, produced this track, ensuring each song on the album narrates a unique story, a testament to the singer's songwriting prowess.

Reflecting on his musical journey and the essence of the latest release, Jon Bon Jovi shared his evolved perspective on songwriting and performing. He emphasized the importance of storytelling through music, stating, "If I can't tell a story with a song at this point in my life, I don't see the value in singing it." This approach has led to recent albums being more personal, with "Legendary" encapsulating a narrative filled with joy and gratitude.

Beyond Music: Joy & Love

Jon Bon Jovi's reflections extend beyond music, touching on the fundamental joys of life, such as family, friendship, and the simple pleasures that bring happiness. He highlighted the enduring support from his loved ones, particularly his wife, whose brown eyes inspired a playful yet heartfelt reference in "Legendary." According to Jon, this track is a celebration of the small yet significant aspects of life that bring true contentment.

The rock legend also opened up about his 35-year marriage, attributing its longevity to getting it right from the start and the mutual effort to maintain their bond. Looking ahead, Bon Jovi's album "Forever," set to release on June 7, symbolizes four decades of an illustrious music career.

Jon Bon Jovi shared insights into the creative process behind the album, noting how the challenges of recent years, including the COVID-19 pandemic and personal health issues, have influenced his songwriting. Yet, it's the rediscovery of joy, both in music and in life, that stands out as the album's core theme.

As Bon Jovi prepares to celebrate their 40th anniversary, fans can look forward to the "Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story" documentary premiering on Hulu on April 26. This docuseries promises an intimate look at the band's journey, complementing the release of their milestone album and offering fans an extensive celebration of Bon Jovi's enduring legacy in the music industry.