At a 2013 concert in Little Rock, Arkansas, rocker Jon Bon Jovi performed a song he had played 17 years earlier for then-President Clinton’s 50th birthday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Jon Bon Jovi Gets a Music Lesson
Bon Jovi also shared a story with the crowded Verizon Arena, per Country Rebel.
He said at that birthday party, the president had thanked him for singing Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe,” saying Twitty is his favorite. In fact, it turned out Clinton knew more about Twitty than Bon Jovi himself did.
“Truth is, I love this song, but I didn’t know he was from Little Rock,” Bon Jovi explained. “So I came here to soundcheck today, and the first thing that just like came out of my mouth was…” And he launched into the song.
Watch Bon Jovi’s performance here:
Twitty released “It’s Only Make Believe” in 1958. He also included it on his 1959 album Sings. The song hit No. 1 on the U.S. and UK pop charts.
A New Album and a Busy Year
Bon Jovi had a busy 2020, as Radio.com reports. It was full of charity work and new music.
Early in the year, Bon Jovi collaborated with Prince Harry on a single for charity in London. Then he had to cancel his band’s planned world tour to promote their new album.
The album, Bon Jovi: 2020, was released in October. It is the band’s 15th studio album. And it tackles some heavy subjects, including mass shootings and the George Floyd protests.
“I used this as a moment in my own journey to bear witness to history,” Bon Jovi told USA Today. “I’m sure that people will criticize lyrics and I don’t want to turn anyone off – I just wanted to start a conversation.”
Bon Jovi also wrote the pandemic anthem “Do What You Can” in quarantine. He got the idea for it from a caption on one of his Instagram posts next to a picture of him washing dishes at his restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey.
He went on to release a duet version of the song with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. And in November, he and his band released a concert film, “On a Night Like This,” on which they played their new album all the way through.
If that weren’t enough, Bon Jovi released a holiday EP with three Christmas covers – Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again,” The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” and Elvis Presley’s “If I Get Home on Christmas Day.”
It remains to be seen what 2021 has in store for Bon Jovi, but it’s a safe bet that it includes some good music.