Jon Bon Jovi: “Writing a Song Is the Closest You Can Come to Immortality”

Legendary singer-songwriter talks to Kyle Meredith about his new album 2020

Kyle Meredith With... Jon Bon Jovi
Kyle Meredith With… Jon Bon Jovi

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    Jon Bon Jovi hangs out with Kyle Meredith to talk about his new album, 2020, and writing topical as a witness to history. The frontman compares his latest songs to his ’80s and ’90s output, and shares how they revolve around school shootings, the pandemic, and his work with JBJ Soul Kitchen. Bon Jovi also gives us the story behind his new single “Story of Love”, which finds him digging into his childhood and reminiscing about family, the beauty in simplistic songs, and his love of Dire Straits, David Bowie, The Beatles, and Bruce Springsteen. He also talks about his ’90s and ’00s acting roles in such shows as Sex & The City, 30 Rock, and The West Wing, why that part of his career never took off how he wanted, and how it influenced his music.

    Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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