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“America is on fire / There are protests in the street / Another mother cries as history repeats itself / I cannot breathe / God curses these eight long minutes / Lying face down on the handcuffs on the ground Sings Bon Jovi in the opening verse.
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“I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history. I think the greatest gift from an artist is the ability to use their voice to talk about issues that affect us, “said the 58-year-old singer in a statement.
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To support the Black Lives Matter movement, Bon Jovi will donate 100% of the net proceeds from American Reckoning at Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) until December 31.
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EJI was founded by Stevenson – an American lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping incarcerated people who cannot afford to be assisted by a lawyer – in 1989 and pledged not only to end incarceration mass and excessive sentences in the United States, but also to challenge racial and economic injustice and protect the basic human rights of vulnerable American citizens.
The four-minute, 40-second track also serves as a bonus track to appear on Bon Jovi’s upcoming 15th studio album, Bon Jovi 2020.
American Reckoning is now available on all major streaming platforms.
In addition, the official lyric video for the song can be seen above.
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Last month, Bon Jovi was scheduled to tour 18 North American dates promoting the next album, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled.
Following the cancellation of the tour, the worldwide release of Bon Jovi 2020 was postponed from May 15 to October 2.
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As of this writing, we don’t know when Bon Jovi will hit the road to perform another show. For updates and additional information, you can visit the official Bon Jovi website.
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