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BON JOVI TO ADDRESS
OXFORD UNION

Singer To Debate Whether "It's My Life" Or "Livin’ On A Prayer" Rocks Harder

Jon Bon Jovi will address the Oxford Union debating society on June 15, following in the footsteps of such famed orators as the Dalai Lama, Malcolm X and Sesame Street news legend Kermit the Frog.

The Bon Jovi frontman is used to addressing large crowds, though he expect addressing the debating society of one of Britain's most famous universities to hold a different set of challenges than singing to 60,000 screaming fans.

"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," he said in a statement on Thursday. "Well, that and I couldn’t get many decent acting roles."

Possible topics for debate may include the singer’s part in the movie "U-571." The film depicted American submarine commanders seizing a German Enigma code machine during World War II—an act achieved in reality by Britain's Royal Navy. Bon Jovi may also speak about other American heroes, such as the 16th century explorer Sir Francis Drake and mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary.

While the Oxford Union gained a reputation for training several future British prime ministers and holding historical speeches, such as Richard Nixon’s first post-Watergate address and O.J. Simpson’s post-"not guilty" speech, Bon Jovi won’t have to tote his honorary doctorate degree along for cred. Many entertainers, including Michael Jackson, Barry White and Steps have also addressed the students.

"To hear from a man whose music has had such a huge impact across the generations and indeed countries would be fantastic," said Oxford Union President Amy Hartland. "We can't wait to hear about his experiences performing across the world and his views on the modern world of music. Maybe we can have a debate on NSYNC versus Westlife."

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