Hitting podiums from New Jersey to Oxfordshire, England, Jon Bon Jovi is working overtime to put another notch in his career belt.
Already known worldwide as a singer and actor, Bon Jovi should soon be considered a public speaker as well.
Bon Jovi gave the commencement address at Monmouth University last month (see “Dr. Bon Jovi Salutes Underdogs In Graduation Speech” ) and said this week he will address the famed Oxford Union debating society on June 15.
“I do have a bit of experience performing in front of crowds but this audience does present a whole new set of challenges,” Bon Jovi said in a statement, according to Reuters. “In a way, that’s why I accepted the invitation. It wasn’t vanity, it was more — OK, this is a new curve, let’s do it. It is the same feeling that has led me to start at the bottom as an actor and prove myself.”
Bon Jovi follows a long list of celebrities who have spoken at the Oxford Union, including Michael Jackson, Barry White and Kermit the Frog.
“To hear from a man whose music has had such a huge impact across the generations, and indeed, countries, would be fantastic,” Oxford Union President Amy Hartland told Reuters. “We can’t wait to hear about his experiences performing across the world and his views on the modern world of music.”
One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001, the first live album from the singer’s namesake band, debuted last week at #20 on the Billboard albums chart. The 15-song LP includes classic hits such as “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive,” along with 2000’s single, “It’s My Life” (see “Bon Jovi Have One Wild Night” ).