Jon Bon Jovi is having a virtual concert this Friday! “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers caught up with Jon and his son Jesse to talk about the fun night, which features a Hampton Water tasting followed by a Live Nation concert benefiting World Central Kitchen.
Before getting into the details, Jon gave an update on loved ones who were diagnosed with the coronavirus.
He said of his son Jacob’s case, “It was really mild; it was really early on. It was an intestinal version of it.” The star added that Jacob “fully recovered and quickly.”
His bandmates also contracted the disease. “David Bryan had it really bad… Everett Bradley — he, too, had it really bad,” Jon said. “We’ve seen a lot of people that we know, lives have been lost… This is nothing to mess around with… Wear your mask. Do the right thing, ’cause it’s real.”
Jon’s summer tour was canceled and his album is on hold. He insisted, “These are the sacrifices that have to be made right now… Eventually, we will get back to it. I don’t know when, to be honest. I don’t think so for some time… A rock show really can’t happen without a crowd.”
Explaining the premise behind his virtual show, he said, “I have been very involved throughout this COVID crisis,” by working at his community restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen, opening a food bank, and encouraging others with the song “Do What You Can.”
He added, “We’ve been very involved in trying to take care of those in need during this time of crisis… We put together this show to benefit José Andrés and the World Central Kitchen… Jesse came up with a great idea to take a buck a bottle of all the wine he is selling around the country and contribute to charity… We’re doing good by feeling good, which is playing music.”
Jesse dished on how fans can participate, saying, “If you want to come hang out with us preshow at 6:30 Eastern, we are going to be over on LiveNation.com, then if you want to tune in to the show, go over to Hampton Water’s Facebook page and you can watch the old man doing a live concert.”
Jon says he’ll play hits and some covers: “Chances are it will be ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ to ‘Living on a Prayer’ and everything in between.”
He also had this to say about the upcoming election: “Please do this nation a favor and get out and vote, ’cause your vote matters.”
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