Jon Bon Jovi Shares Vocal Issues Update
Jon Bon Jovi recently opened up about his vocal challenges and contemplated the future of touring with Bon Jovi during the Pollstar Live! conference. He was honored with the Milestone Award commemorating the band’s 40th anniversary.
Addressing his vocal issues during a Q&A session, Bon Jovi revealed that he underwent significant surgery on his vocal cords, a condition that he had never encountered before. He described the procedure as a “medialization,” performed by a doctor in Philadelphia, which involved addressing atrophied cords. Despite common vocal problems like nodules or deviated septums, Bon Jovi stressed that he had never faced such issues until now.
Understanding Vocal Cord Medialization
Medialization, as explained by Jefferson Health, is a procedure aimed at restoring normal vocal function and swallowing ability by repositioning a paralyzed vocal fold towards the center. Bon Jovi clarified that he required this procedure because his strong vocal cords were overpowering the weaker ones. A plastic implant was inserted, and he has been undergoing rehabilitation for the past two years. His recent performance at the MusiCares award ceremony marked his return to live performances.
The Future of Bon Jovi’s Tours
Bon Jovi’s vocal performance during the band’s 2022 tour sparked criticism and speculation, further fueled by an upcoming Hulu docuseries titled Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story. While addressing these concerns at Pollstar Live!, Bon Jovi couldn’t confirm whether the band would tour again. He said:
“My health has been first and foremost a topic of discussion, but I’m well on the road to recovery there.
“If I can’t be great, I’m out. And I think that the documentary that we’re about to put out addresses all of that. It’s called Thank You, Goodnight for a reason, and we’ll determine what happens there. But we do have this incredible four-part doc to celebrate the 40th. We have a brand-new record that I’m very excited about. And the hope is that I get to go out and celebrate it this time, because I’m so excited by it. But if I can’t do it at a level to which I’ve grown accustomed, then there’s no harm in that.”