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Director Gotham Chopra Previews “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story” 

Director Gotham Chopra Previews “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story”

For the past 40 years, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi‘s instrument has been his voice. But what happens when that instrument starts to falter? What happens if it fails?

While Jon is trying to rehabilitate his voice, we look back at the band’s 40 year history. In this documentary series, Jon’s goal was “to be both honest and introspective. I knew we didn’t want to make a cliche rock and roll struggle to fame tale. I wanted an authentic story of our journey.” Director Gotham Chopra, who had never made a music documentary, allowed Jon to be “honest and to trust the process over the course of two years. I hope the viewer will see that success comes with hard work, sacrifice and commitment. Talent is nurtured, and with the exception of very few artists, it also takes a committed TEAM.” Jon continues, “Bon Jovi is very much a team effort and without each and every member of the band, or those who supported my vision we wouldn’t be here to tell this story. As we prepare for the release of the four-part docuseries we don’t know how the story ends — that is both scary and what fuels me. As we look back on our 40 year journey, we also look ahead with excitement for whatever comes in 2024.”

Photo Credit: Clay McBride

Thank you, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story joins the band in February 2022 and follows their real time journey with its fits and starts as they attempt to chart out their future. 

As thrilling as the story of a once-in-a-lifetime talent is, it is even more rare that a legend like Jon Bon Jovi lets the world into his most vulnerable moments, while he’s still living them. 

40 years of personal videos, unreleased early demos, original lyrics, and never before seen photos that chronicle the journey from Jersey Shore Clubs to the biggest stages on the planet. 

The series relives the triumphs and setbacks, greatest hits, biggest disappointments, and most public moments of friction. 

I had the chance to speak to director Gotham Chopra about why he wanted to tackle this story, capturing important moments in music to help illustrate Bon Jovi’s rise to fame, how deeply he was able to delve into Jon’s voice struggles and humanize him and more.

The four-part docuseries premieres Friday, April 26th on Hulu.

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