Bon Jovi revealed his past struggles with mental health near the apex of his two career-making albums, Slippery When Wet and New Jersey.
In an extensive interview with GQ the “Livin’ On A Prayer” singer admits to feelings of burn out during their 1988 touring days. “I remember us saying we haven’t changed. But everyone around us had. Even our parents looked at us for answers at that point, because we’d become famous. … We were like, ‘That’s f****** weird.’”
Jovi is careful not to place onus on his team at the time. He understood the band paid a mental toll in their drive for excellence. “I don’t blame the managers, agents and lawyers and stuff that kept us working, because it’s been repeated by every successful band at that point in your career. You either fall backwards and it’s over, or you figure it out and you go forward,” he told the publication.
At a certain point the rock star had to check his privilege and acknowledge hard rock excess was changing his life. “It was all around me. And now either those people are dead or divorced, or drug addicts, mental institutions or all kinds of stories, you know? This ain’t for me, it’s gotta go.”
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Bon Jovi released his 15th studio album 2020, earlier this month. One of the singles “Do What You Can” honored front line workers battling against COVID-19 with a patriotic music video.