In a full and frank interview, Jon Bon Jovi has slammed Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik for disrespecting their fans by walking off stage and canceling gigs due to, whisper it, anxiety.
Walking off stage or not showing up due to nerves is not something any self-respecting rock god would ever entertain. Imagine if Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey, David Lee Roth, Steven Tyler, or Bono failed to appear in front of the cheering hordes and then posted a message on social media explaining they were sorry but they were having a bad day and a bit nervous about performing.
Zayn Malik did back in June when he canceled his appearance at the Summertime Ball concert due to a bad bout of anxiety.
“I flew into the UK last night to appear in my home country in front of my family, friends, and most importantly my UK fans. Unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me… with the magnitude of the event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
“I cannot apologize enough but I want to be honest with everyone who has patiently waited to see me, I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today.”
“I know those who suffer anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathies with my situation.”
Can you hear that noise? It’s the sound of the great showman Freddie Mercury turning in his grave at the sorry shower of snowflakes who use nerves as an excuse not to deliver a performance for the waiting fans.
Either puke up your fears and get on with the show or get off the potty and allow someone else to take a turn.
Anxiety is a terrible thing but if you suffer from it to the point of becoming paralyzed with fear then the stage is no place for you. Perhaps a quiet corner in a library somewhere would be more apt?
Justin Bieber is not really the anxious type but the pop prima donna is prone to storming off stage because he can’t hold a crowd.
The Bieber has also branded fans “obnoxious” for screaming at his shows. Just imagine if The Beatles had done that?
Anyhow, both Bieber and Malik have come under fire from Jon Bon Jovi in a recent interview withthe New Statesman where the elder statesman of rock brands the two pretenders to the throne as “disrespectful.”
Don’t forget Jon Bon has “seen 32 million faces and he’s rocked them all.” So he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.
“There is a generation of anxious young men and women who are being diagnosed for the first time – and maybe it was always there.”
“I get it. But let me give you a little education, motherf***er. Jane just saved up for three months to buy that ticket. She travelled on a train to get there. And she is not going to be able to get a refund for her hotel room, or her travel, or the day she took off from work, or the babysitter she paid for. And the 120 families that are affected when they didn’t get their pay cheque at the end of the week because you didn’t show up for the f***ing show…”
As Iggy Pop once said, “Well, I ‘ll tell you one good thing at least about some of these junkies was they had some character. They may have driven me nuts sometimes and screwed up, but at least when they played the damn guitar they’d play it like they meant it. These white bread boys nowadays, knowing all the score, don’ t even know how to puke.”
After putting the perfumed princelings Bieber and Malik in their place by shooting from the hip and spitting from the lip, Jon Bon turns his attention to American politics in the same interview.
Recalling the two years he spent on the White House Council for Community Solutions, the raucous rocker admits he’d never go into politics full time because unlike the U.S. President a rock star gets to keep both the house and the plane.
“Politics is a s**t job. Fifty people hate you before you’ve even walked out the door.”
The “Living on a Prayer” singer then turns his attentions to Trump and Clinton.
“Here’s my take on Trump. The one demographic he’s currently leading in is the white, older, somewhat educated male. That demographic are coming from a place of disappointment and fear. Fear because they don’t know where their pot of gold went. Disappointment because they have now realized the American dream isn’t going to happen.”
“Hillary has to embrace the voices of the Sanders millennials who are resolved to the fact that they are not going to own a home or have two cars, but are very concerned about the environment and their own futures. The Trump demographic, they’re probably non-believers in global warming because they’re uneducated and they’re not paying attention. With regard to the Republican candidate, I wish there were a better mouthpiece to speak up on behalf of those people.”
Although he makes a point of calling out Bieber and Malik for not respecting their fans and believes they should smarten up their act, Jon Bon doesn’t believe it’s the end of the world if they don’t. If Trump gets the keys to the White House next week however, he believes the end really is nigh.
“I’ve met Trump a number of times. He’s always been like that. He has played this like an episode of The Apprentice. All he had to do was get rid of the other contestants, and like the host of any TV show he doesn’t have to know a lot.”
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