Recently while talking with Absolute Radio, Riche Sambora revealed that he is currently discussing with Bon Jovi about rejoining the band.
From the time the American rock band Bon Jovi was founded in 1983 until his departure in 2013, Richie Sambora worked as the band’s lead guitarist and co-songwriter. The precise reasons behind Sambora’s resignation from Bon Jovi have never been completely disclosed, but there was a lot of speculation and rumor around it.
While talking with Absolute Radio, he said, “We’re talking about it, I don’t think there’s any reason not to at this point. Jon [Bon Jovi] was having a hard time with his voice a little bit there and he needed to take a little bit of a breather. I don’t know when Jon’s going to get his voice together and [when the reunion is] going to happen, but we have to get out there and do it for the fans, really. I feel a second obligation.”
He was also asked if he will be writing any new music with Bon Jovi and he answered, “Oh if he doesn’t let me, he’s crazy. I’m on a tear. Actually, I did write that other [BON JOVI] stuff, too. It’s a misnomer when people go just because his name [Jon Bon Jovi] is on [the band] that’s the name. We just couldn’t think of anything else really. People think that I just come up with the guitar parts and something like that. But songwriting is conceptual. You have to have a concept. It’s a story. And it can sometimes just come from looking out the window and observing and a lot of times it comes from your own life and for the most part of BON JOVI, my life was a lot [more] colorful than everybody else’s in the band.”
Richie continued by saying that in the ten years since Jon left, their relationship has remained friendly. He explained, “You know what, there’s no malice. I mean, we did something… there’s not a lot of bands that did what we did. I mean, obviously, bands like THE ROLLING STONES, PINK FLOYD and U2 [have].
When Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, Sambora and his bandmates last performed together. Sambora shared the stage with the band for the first time in five years during the appearance and four-song medley performance. Alec John Such, the band’s original bassist who passed away earlier this year, had not performed with the group in public since 1994, when Hugh McDonald took his place. It was also the first time in 24 years.
He has also talked about new music from him. He hinted at his new solo music and said, “There’s a new album coming out, probably at the end of the end of March or the beginning of April, It’s a rock record. Yeah, it’s a lot of fun and the songs are good, and I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to get out and play again.”