Jon Bon Jovi is keeping the faith that Gotham Chopra-directed Hulu docuseries Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story tells the “real truth” about the band, warts and all.
The rock star was at TCA to promote the four-part series, which looks at the band’s origins, its ups and downs, various members and recent struggles. It touches on subjects such as the difficulty around the band’s second record, 7800° Fahrenheit, manager Doc Mcghee’s drug arrest and various issues between band members.
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“Because this is in fact the band’s 40th anniversary, I wanted to document what had happened in my past with a vision on what is the future,” he told Deadline at TCA. “One thing we agreed upon on Day One was this was not going to be a VH1 puff piece, that if anything, I wasn’t going to stamp my feet and say, ‘I have final say.’ Gotham was the director, this had to tell the truth, and have all the warts to go with it in order to tell a real truth. I’m proud of the film.”
The Runaway star said that when he started he could only write what he knew. “At 20, when I got a record deal, I didn’t have a lot else to write about other than high school and I didn’t break up with people like Taylor [Swift] did all the time. I knew about the world around me. But as I grew in public, the evolution happened and in order to grow with your public I think you have to tell your truth and not pretend to be something you’re not and you’re only going to get better at what you do or at the very worst at least you’re going to live your truth in public,” he added.
Jon Bon Jovi was recently lauded at the Music Cares event for both his career as well as his philanthropic work, notably his Soul Kitchen. He said not in his “wildest, craziest” dreams did he expect to be sitting next to Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
The series features unreleased early demos, original lyrics and never-before-seen photos that chronicle the journey from Jersey Shore clubs to the biggest stages on the planet.
It shows the band touring the world, even Russia, and even touches on Bon Jovi’s current health struggles, that have seem him have vocal surgery.
Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story launches on Hulu on April 26.
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