Bettye LaVette And Jon Bon Jovi Have A Nice (Pre-Inauguration) Day

So yesterday was the big Obamabration on the National Mall, and to celebrate the looming inauguration of this country’s brand-new president, you had your artists subtly reminding the American public that they had new albums on the horizon and that they could bring hope back to the music industry if they actually purchased said products, as well as your now de rigeur sighting. But by far the strangest bit was when Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi took on Sam Cooke’s stone classic “A Change Is Gonna Come,” which was not odd for the song choice as much as it was for JBJ getting kind of creamed by Bettye on the song’s vocal track. (Seriously, Jon: Stick with country as your crossover genre of choice.) Cleanse your palate with Mary J. Blige busting out “Lean On Me” after the jump.

Jon Bon Jovi & Bettye LaVette at Inaugural Celebration [YouTube]
Mary J. Blige – Lean On Me [YouTube]
What You Didn’t See On-Camera at the HBO Concert [Daily Intel]

  • Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    Before the eventual close up, I could’ve SWORN that Mellencamp was playing with Izzy Stradlin.

    Unfortunately, it was not to be.

  • JDR

    I thought JBJ did a respectable job. Besides, you have to hand this to him and his longevity … you didn’t see Bret Michaels, Vince Neil or Sebastian Bach (his 80s contemporaries) out there.

  • Maura Johnston

    @JDR: well, jbj also never a) appeared on a tv show trying to catch romance/avoid stds, b) claimed to be the inspiration for any of the first-person material in ‘the dirt,’ or c) wore a t-shirt that said ‘aids kills fags dead.’ i’m just saying, you may be making a bit of a straw man argument here.

  • Chris Molanphy

    As a long-established Jon Bon hater, I can only express how my delight with LaVette curdled into instant disgust when that asshat stepped out with a microphone.

    And who decided he should sing this song?! (If you’re going to do a black-white pairing on “A Change Is Gonna Come,” wouldn’t a guy associated with a red state make more sense as a look-how-far-we’ve-come gesture?)


  • LAKingsin2009

    @JDR: No, but Bach ruled on the Gilmore Girls.

  • Defenestrated

    I’m no fan of Mr. Bon Jovi, but I thought he did a well enough job. Sure he got shown up hard, but it was decent enough on its own. There were far worse performances anyway (, why you gotta ruin everything for me?)

  • MameDennis

    Bettye handed him his ass, naturally, but I was expecting full-on hide-under-the-couch-until-it’s-over cringetastic awfulness. So, I guess he beat the spread?

  • Anonymous

    I would say Jon’s 80′s contemporaries were Debbie, Tiffany, Donnie, Jordan, Jon, Joey, and the other one.