The Darkness Frontman Reacts to Bon Jovi’s Live Vocal Performances, Says He Should Get ‘Medical Attention’

It’s been about a month since fan-filmed videos of Bon Jovi’s live shows started circulating online. Some of the footage was removed, officially by UMPG Publishing, “who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”

An unusual timing, some would think, especially when the videos got viral due to his poor vocal performances, with countless fans openly showing their disdain about it. Here’s one of the recent performances shared on YouTube.

Now, it was only expected that other famous musicians would weigh in on the matter after the whole thing got so much attention. So The Darkness frontman has shared his reaction and thoughts on the matter in a new video on his YouTube channel. He offered (transcript by Blabbermouth):

“It sounds like he needs some kind of therapy. And I think a lot of the time, a situation like that… It doesn’t sound like it’s a polyp or some sort of lump on his vocal cords ’cause that would be more unpredictable — he would be hitting the notes and then it would squeak off and it would do something unexpected.

You know that sort of sound when you’re entering puberty and your voice becomes unpredictable. Sometimes when you have a growth or a lump on your vocal cords, it can cause that kind of… Unexpected things happen to your voice. Even if you’re an experienced singer and you can just hold a note, it will squeak off when you’re not expecting it, and it’s very hard to sing around those things.

But that’s not what’s happening here. This sounds like he’s super tired. Everything’s [tuned] down, but he’s still… You have to sing a lot with an adjusted key like that to find the sort of muscle memory in your vocal cords anyway, but he’s struggling with that, not because it’s low; it’s just ’cause he’s tired.”

“And I think he’s psychologically… I don’t know… It sounds like something he’s gonna need some therapy with — actually talk to somebody and try and coax the performances back out. It doesn’t sound to me like there’s damage in there. I’m not a doctor but I’ve experienced voice problems before. And to hold a note with it being off-key suggests some pitching issues that might be to do with hearing as well.”

“It’s not fun to watch this and it isn’t fun to regard one of the greats. He’s a great singer — he always has been — but this sounds like something is eating away at him from the inside. And I don’t think it’s a voice injury; I think it’s more of something like a manifestation of performance anxiety that’s stopping him from delivering his trademark Gale Force 10 mega vocal that you need on these huge tracks, these anthemic mega hits. And I feel like the people around him need to tell him to stop. It must be difficult when…

“I suppose if you’re afraid of getting the sack, I suppose it’s difficult to talk to a singer in that way. I don’t know what the dynamic is in their organization, but I think if I was working for Jon Bon Jovi and I cared about the ‘brand,’ I would ask him to consider canceling the tour and getting some medical attention.

“It saddens me to see it. I’m sure we’re all disappointed.

You can check out his entire video below.

What's Wrong With His Voice?!

Photo: YouTube screenshot, YouTube screenshot

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