Jon Bon Jovi Worries About Becoming ‘Fat Elvis’

In this image released on September 19, Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage for the 10th Anniversary of the iHeartRadio Music Festival streaming on and The CW App on September 18 & 19 and broadcast on The CW Network on September 27 & 28
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Jon Bon Jovi has been showcasing his incredible talents for over 40 years now. He took a break in 2022 after having vocal cord surgery and is now recovered and ready to go back on the road. Despite just recording a new album, he admitted that he is nervous about touring and singing live night after night.

He said, “There is a big difference between being in a studio and going out on the road. We have just recorded a new album. I sing in vocal therapy every day. But I want to perform for two and a half hours a night, four nights a week — and I know how good I can be, so if I can’t be that guy … put it this way, I don’t ever need to be the fat Elvis.” Elvis Presley remains a rock ‘n’ roll icon but his later years were not without struggles. As he aged, years of health issues, prescription drug addiction, and bad eating habits caught up to him. Even so, he continued touring and it all took a toll on him. He passed away at age 42.

(Original Caption) 8/16/1977-Lincoln, NB: Elvis Presley, 42, died 8/16 in Memphis, TN, of repiratory failure at Baptist Hospital. Presley, the gyrating, hip-swinging King of Rock and Roll is shown during 6/20 concert here.

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Bon Jovi seems to be learning a lesson from Presley and wants to put his health first before his career, especially as he gets older. He also doesn’t want to disappoint his fans as he revealed that once he feels like his singing is no longer great, he is done with touring and performing. Perhaps Bon Jovi is getting nostalgic about his career due to his new album and his new docuseries called Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story. The docuseries premieres on Hulu on April 26 while the album Forever will be released on June 7.

Jon Bon Jovi attends Andy Cohen's live broadcast at the new SiriusXM Miami Studios on May 02, 2023 in Miami Beach, Florida

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He concluded, “I can tell you that 60 is different from 50 and my current concern is that I’m going to forget how to sing. I’ll be crushed if I can’t sing live again, but what does a quarterback do when faced with the last ball he’ll ever throw? That’s the situation I’m in. I want to look back on 40 years of Bon Jovi, look forward to the new album and appreciate everything. That’s my hope: to find joy in it all.”

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