Ben Hayward from Caboolture loves Bon Jovi and loves to sing. A video of him embracing his love of both has made many people smile and inspired others to work out their vocal cords while in isolation at home.
It featured on radio station Triple M’s Facebook page as a callout for listeners to join in their Quarantine Talent Time competition earlier this month.
While Ben didn’t win, his version of the Bon Jovi hit Wanted Dead or Alive, had more than 5000 views and drew plenty of praise from his mates.
“It’s a song I’ve done a few times at different functions and it suited the occasion,” Ben explains.
Ben, quoting the 1986 hit from Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet album, says people can relate to the lyrics at the moment.
“It’s all the same, only the names will change. Every day, it seems we’re wasting away …,” he sings.
“I love Bon Jovi , Cold Chisel, John Farnham – any power ballad. My close mates know I can sing, they enjoy having a bit of a laugh about it but it’s been the people who don’t know who have messaged me and said ‘where have you been keeping that?’” he says.
Jam sessions have become a regular thing at Ben’s house on ¾ of an acre at Caboolture in recent weeks. He lives there with his partner and a housemate who loves to play guitar.
With everyone stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, they’ve resorted to entertaining themselves.
“We have a couple of beers and sing along. We’ve spent a lot of nights like that lately because no-one’s got anything to do,” Ben says.
He was asked on radio last week if he’d ever thought about singing professionally, but says work and his passion for athletics have always taken priority.
For now, singing is a skill keeping his household entertained along with many others on social media.