Jon Bon Jovi’s Beatles Cover Draws Amused Reactions From Viewers

Jon Bon Jovi contributed a pre-taped performance of the Beatles‘ George Harrison-penned Abbey Road classic “Here Comes the Sun” to Wednesday’s (Jan. 20) Celebrating America primetime TV special. The show honored incoming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

The Bon Jovi frontman’s cover version was perfectly serviceable, and it sat nicely alongside appearances from Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and others. But there’s just something about the Jon Bon Jovi performance that gave some viewers a chuckle, as was evident on social media.

Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.

The Tom Hanks-hosted Celebrating America aired across multiple television networks on Wednesday night, following Donald Trump’s departure from the White House and Biden’s subsequent inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. Additional performers on the program included Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Katy Perry, Tim McGraw, a reunited New Radicals and more.

Bon Jovi’s appearance was perhaps the most stylized of the bunch. Staged on a Miami pier, the rocker’s Beatles cover begins at dawn, just before the sun rises. As his “Here Comes the Sun” progresses, the sun slowly appears in the sky before fully illuminating the singer and his band.

For all its cinematic beauty, however, the performance still engendered some fun from viewers tickled by its production, as The Wrap noted. Reactions ranged from comments about the performance’s overall air — it “look[ed] like an ad for medication that helps lower cholesterol,” said one Twitter observer — to remarks on the singer’s appearance. (“Jon Bon Jovi putting out strong Bea Arthur vibes,” offered another.)

That’s not to mention the juxtaposition of the overcast sky that largely draped Bon Jovi’s jovial “Here Comes the Sun” rendition. See a handful of those funny Twitter observations right after the clip:

Jon Bon Jovi – “Here Comes the Sun” (Celebrating America Performance)

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Author: showrunner