Bon Jovi reflect on current times on the band’s new song “Do What You Can,” a track about the coronavirus pandemic from their upcoming album Bon Jovi 2020. You can check it out below.
“I am a witness to history,” Jon Bon Jovi said of the song in a statement. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
Bon Jovi previously debuted “Do What You Can” acoustically during the Jersey4Jersey benefit special, with the rest of the band later adding instrumentation from their respective quarantines; on the song, Bon Jovi and company examine America during the pandemic.
“As we wave outside the window/Older loved ones stay inside/Moms and babies blowing kisses/Maybe saving someone’s life,” Bon Jovi sings. “They had to cancel graduation/It ain’t fair to Skype the prom/Our kids sit home in isolation/TV news is always on.”
The song’s title first popped up as a caption in an Instagram photo — “If You Can’t Do What You Do… Do What You Can” — where Jon Bon Jovi was shown washing dishes at his JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, which provided food to those in need at the onset of the pandemic.
With that caption providing inspiration, Jon Bon Jovi set out to write the song about the COVID-19 response, with the singer asking fans to contribute their own verses via a #DoWhatYouCan hashtag.
Bon Jovi previously released the protest anthem “American Reckoning” — inspired by the George Floyd protests — from their upcoming album, Bon Jovi 2020, now due out October 2 after it was postponed from its May release date due to the pandemic.
The band were also were recently forced to cancel their world tour, which was meant to kick off on June 10 in Tacoma, Washington. Bryan Adams was due to open for the band on the majority of the dates.