Yesterday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Then later that night was the televised “Celebrating America” inauguration concert. This included a star-studded list of performers of many genres and generations, including Jon Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi Brings the Light
It included performances from Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Any Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi delivered a performance of “Here Comes the Sun.” He did an acoustic version of the classic and timeless The Beatles’ tune. The goal of the night was to emphasize unity and diversity amongst dark times.
The goal was to reflect the optimistic new outlook many Americans have now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are taking over the White House.
With COVID-19 reaching over 400,000 deaths as well as other political divides, “it’s been a long cold lonely winter.” However, the rocker is trying to let people know that, “Here comes the sun / And I say it’s all right.”
Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates performed on a pier in Miami. As they were singing, the sun slowly broke through the cloudy atmosphere behind them. It was a fittingly lucky and perfect addition to the powerful delivery of “Here Comes the Sun.”
Relationship with Politics and Activism
Jon Bon Jovi campaigned alongside Biden while he was on his journey to becoming the president.
He performed in the “I Will Vote” virtual concert for Biden in October. He performed alongside people like Jennifer Hudson, Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews, Ben Platt, Ciara, Cher, and several others.
Bon Jovi has made it quite clear that he is not afraid to share his political viewpoints with his fans. In fact, his 2020 album titled (fittingly) “2020” hits on a number of hot issues.
His songs cover mass shootings, disinformation, police brutality, racial injustice, as well as the pandemic.
One of his most powerful off the album is “American Reckoning.” This song is meant to support the Black Lives Matter protesting. It also sends a message about the racial issues in America.
Specifically, the song is his take on current affairs and the killing of George Floyd. The incident that spurred many of the nationwide protests.
“America’s on fire / There’s protests in the street / Another mother’s crying as history repeats / I can’t breathe / God damn those long eight minutes / Laying face down in cuffs on the ground.”
Jon Bon Jovi said that he would donate 100% of the proceeds to Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.
According to Bon Jovi’s official site, the rocker said in an a statement, “I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history. I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
He has released the song “Do What You Can.” This is a COVID-19 anthem that urges people, “If you can’t do what you do…do what you can.” The song talks about frontline workers and social distancing.