Bon Jovi is sequestered in the New Jersey home studio of its namesake, frontman Jon Bon Jovi, where the group is recording its first album since 1995’s “These Days.”
A spokesperson for Island/Def Jam Records confirms that the CD’s first single will be a track called ’”Say It Ain’t So,” tentatively expected to be released in March. The self-produced album, as yet untitled, should be out in May.
The frontman told fans in an informal chat session on Wednesday that the group “is in a better mood this time around.” He also revealed that the album will be reminiscent of 1986’s “Slippery When Wet” and include two ballads.
He added that the group plans to tour for about six months starting in the Far East and that the outing will likely include a stop at London’s famed Wembley Stadium, where Bon Jovi might well be the last band to perform prior to the current building’s pending demise.
The singer also imparted to fans that he still intends to record another solo album.
He had originally intended to release his own CD last year, and he instead opted to concentrate on a group effort.
The band has been on a five-year sabbatical in which the members have worked on individual pursuits, including Bon Jovi’s burgeoning movie career. The singer will be seen on the big screen later this year in the World War II submarine drama “U-571″ alongside Matthew McConaughey. (See “Jon Bon Jovi Shooting (Yet) Another Movie” ).
Meanwhile, fans will be able to see Bon Jovi recording live courtesy of a studio Webcam broadcast beginning next week on the group’s official Web site at www.bonjovi.com.