May 22 [10:00 EDT] -- The 80s metal resurgence that has so far seen the resurrections of Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Queensryche is bringing back Jon Bon Jovi as well.
The Bon Jovi frontman has a full plate with his second solo album ("Destination Anywhere") set for a June 17 release, and a starring role in a short film based on the album (which debuts on MTV at 10 p.m. Eastern time the same day). The movie, which shares the same name as Bon Jovi's solo effort, is directed by Mark Pellington, the visionary behind Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video and the frenetic images on U2's Zoo-TV tour.
In the film, Bon Jovi stars opposite Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Whoopi Goldberg as a man on the run forced to reassess his life. The movie is built around songs form the album, including the first single, "Midnight in Chelsea," [600k QuickTime] which Bon Jovi co-wrote with former Eurythmic Dave Stewart.
Recently, Bon Jovi told our colleagues
at MTV Europe that the unlikely paring of he and Stewart came about after the two met at a party hosted by Moore's husband, Bruce Willis."On a Sunday afternoon he invited me to bring my family over, and he said bring your guitar, because you know he plays harmonica," Bon Jovi said of Willis.
"He said he was going to invite some people over. One of them was Dave Stewart. He invited Prince Andrew and Fergie and all these people, and we're sitting around going, 'This is pretty cool. I wish I had a picture of this. This is very cool.' And Dave being the eccentric bohemian he is, he said, 'Why don't we get together and write a song?' I said, 'I'm going to be here for three months, that would be great.'" [700k QuickTime]
The fruits of that collaboration can be heard when the movie and album arrive on June 17. Bon Jovi also stars in a film called "Little City" which is due this September, and in the next film from Ed Burns ("Brothers
McMullen," "She's The One") titled "Long Time, Nothing New" which is slated for an early 1998 release. The suddenly inescapable Bon Jovi also makes a special appearance in a black comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Lithgow titles "Home Grown" which is due this fall.
Bon Jovi turned up as a painter alongside Goldberg and Gwenyth Paltrow in 1995's "Moonlight and Valentino," and appeared in Bruce Willis' 1988 rock comedy "The Return of Bruno."