The Bon Jovi frontman opened up about a recent "cutting-edge" surgery he had to build his vocal cord back up
Jon Bon Jovi is detailing how it feels to be back on stage, 19 months after he said he had surgery for a vocal cord injury.
The Bon Jovi frontman, 61, opened up about his health at Hulu's panel for the new docuseries Thank You, Good Night at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Friday, when he explained that he's "ready to talk" about his vocal surgery.
"I pride myself on having been a true vocalist," Bon Jovi said. "I’ve sung with Pavarotti. I know how to sing. I’ve studied the craft for 40 years. I’m not a stylist who just barks and howls. I know how to sing."
"So when God was taking away my ability, and I couldn’t understand why, I jokingly have said the only thing that’s ever been up my nose is my finger — you know, so there’s no reason for any of this," he added.
As the "Livin' On a Prayer" singer went on to explain, one of his vocal cords was "atrophying" — with one vocal cord being "thick as the thumb" and the other being "thick as a pinky."
"So the strong one was pushing the weak one aside, and I wasn’t singing well," he said. "My craft was being taken from me."
Bon Jovi said he thankfully was introduced to a surgeon who gave him a "cutting-edge implant to build the cord back up." Now, he's still "in the process of healing" over 19 months into rehab.
"But nonetheless, and I say in the film, and in the latter episodes, if I just had my tools back, the rest of it I can deal with," he said. "I can write you a song, I can perform as well as anybody. But I need to get my tools back."
"Friday night was the first time that I’d sung in public," he then said, referring to his MusiCares Person of the Year honor and tribute concert that took place on Feb. 2. "Saturday morning is the first time I woke up without multiple voices in my head. It was just me. And that was the best feeling. It was just me."
Bon Jovi's latest appearance was in promotion of his band's upcoming Hulu series, Thank You, Goodnight, which drops on the streaming service in April.
The four-part series covers the heights of the band's fame in the '80s, and even some low points — both on and off stage — with exclusive interviews and previously unheard demos from the group.
Cameras began following Bon Jovi in February 2022 following the singer's vocal injury.
Since then, the musician was honored by the Recording Academy's MusiCares organization at the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, when he performed "Who Says You Can’t Go Home" with friend Bruce Springsteen.
Thank You, Goodnight, the 4-part series, premieres on Hulu on April 26.
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