Bon Jovi releases ‘American Reckoning’

Song appears on fall record

On the heels of America’s 4th of July weekend, iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi releases “American Reckoning.” The song, written by Jon Bon Jovi, offers a deeply compelling look at current times. The track will also be on the band’s forthcoming fall album Bon Jovi 2020 which takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year.

The song is available from Island Records on all digital platforms with 100% of the band and Island Records’ net proceeds from the download of “American Reckoning” to support the Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative thru December 31, 2020.

“I was moved to write ‘American Reckoning’ as a witness to history,” states Jon Bon Jovi, “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

The socially-conscious song starts with tackling the latests protests and the death of George Floyd.

“America’s on fire/There’s protests in the street/Her conscience has been looted/And her soul is under siege/Another mother’s crying as history repeats/I can’t breathe,” the first verse reads.

Bon Jovi 2020 was set to be released in May, ahead of its Bon Jovi 2020 Tour that was canceled due to COVID-19. The delayed project will now also include the pandemic-inspired “Do What You Can” when it’s finally released on CD, 2x gold LP and digitally this fall.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.