Bon Jovi Reconvenes For Soundtrack Song

Pop metal veterans Bon Jovi are set to re-enter the scene with a song on the soundtrack to the movie “EdTV,” which due out this Spring. Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan wrapped up a tour of Europe in mid-1996 and announced that they’d be taking a two-year hiatus.

The group has now reconvened in New York to record a song called “Real Life” with producer Bruce Fairbairn, the man behind the console for their most successful album to date, 1986′s “Slippery When Wet.” A video for the new tune is to be taped on Friday with famed director Wayne Isham.

“EdTV,” a comedy directed by Ron Howard, takes a page from MTV’s “Real World” and delves into the life a video store clerk named Ed, played by Matthew McConaughey. The cast also includes Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, and Ellen DeGeneres among many others. The movie is scheduled for release March 26 with the soundtrack is expected out on the Warner/Reprise label on March 9. The Bon Jovi song is slated as the
first single.

The band took a break to work on solo projects and other individual endeavors. Singer Jon Bon Jovi recorded a solo album, the marginally successful “Destination Anywhere,” launched a much praised film career (see “Bon Jovi Inks Another Movie Deal, Sambora Has Baby” ), and remained high profile with multitudes of one-off personal appearances.

Guitarist Richie Sambora also recorded a solo album and toured to support the record. Drummer Tico Torres staged art shows around the country while keyboardist David Bryan spent the past year slowly recovering from a household accident that saw him cut his hand with a power saw. Reports say he’s still not able to play for long periods of time, but the injury continues to improve. (Bassist Hugh McDonald, who replaced Alec John Such in 1994, is not considered a fulltime member of the band).

Jon Bon Jovi had originally been writing songs for another solo album. He told
fans at a fan club gathering last fall that he had eight songs written and that the album’s working title was “Sex Sell,” although that was later rumored to have been changed to “Introspective.” He said he hoped to get the solo record out early in 1998, and go into the studio with the full band in April. The Mercury spokesperson told MTV News that those plans have now been set aside in favor of a concentrated effort on a new band album.

While Fairbairn is confirmed as recording the soundtrack song, the spokesperson says the production duties for the Bon Jovi album have not been solidified.