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Bon Jovi: I wash dishes and take out the garbage out like every other dad

By Patricia Rodriguez

London, Jul 23 (efe-epa).- Jon Bon Jovi says he mostly leads an everyday life washing dishes and taking out the garbage “like every other dad”.

The American singer described his life as “95 percent very normal” as he awaits the release of his new album, called 2020, on 2 October.

The first single was released this week and Bon Jovi says the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown restrictions have not stifled his creativity.

“Every day is an opportunity to write a song. Every day. Today I could be writing about coronavirus,” he says in ??an interview in London with Efe.

“Every day is an opportunity if your eyes are open, if your ears are open.”

He says that during the last year and a half he has taken musical “snapshots” of what his life has been like leading up to 2020.

The album addresses issues ranging from gun control, the climate crisis, family and post traumatic stress disorder among military personnel.

“When I decided to name the record 2020, I had two thoughts in my mind: one, the rightness of an election year,” he adds.

“The other one was, and more importantly: I have clearer vision now.

“It’s where we are now. So I captured these moments and created what I believed to be conversations.”

He explains that he wanted to address broader topics after his previous album This House is Not For Sale, which was a “very personal” work.

“The topics might be heavy, gun violence and soldiers, but I never feel that I am creating an argument in a world where it’s very much either you are with me or against you,” he adds.

The track Unbroken deals with military personnel who suffer from PTSD, an issue he says he thoroughly researched while writing it.

“I was asked to (write it) and I accepted the challenge,” he adds.

“And I didn’t take the challenge lightly, I made sure I did my homework because if you are going to sing such an important subject matter of a song you better make sure that every line matters.”

He contacted Prince Harry and arranged to re-record a charity single with the Invictus Games choir.

Proceeds will go to the foundation, which was founded by British royal and hosts an international multi-sport event for injured or sick military personnel.

The singer’s philanthropic work is well documented, he and his wife Dorothea launched the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation 15 years ago which aims to tackle hunger and homelessness in the United States.

He downplays the stratospheric levels of fame Bon Jovi has achieved and the band’s continuing success.

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