Richie Sambor open to Bon Jovi reformation

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Bon Jovi is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Richie Sambora left the group 10 years ago.

Ten years ago, Richie Sambora left the band he co-founded with Jon Bon Jovi in ​​1983, but as the Jersey rock band’s 40th anniversary approaches, the guitarist isn’t ruling out a Bon Jovi reformation, telling the magazine People : “ It’s time “.

There’s a documentary being made about the band and things I’ve been involved with, and people want to come see us play. This will make everyone happythe guitarist told the magazine this weekend. That’s basically why we’re doing it at this point. »

So yes, it could really happenhe added about a reformation. It’s just a question of when everyone will be ready to do it. This will be a massive undertaking “. Sambora is not so sure when this reunion might happen: “ It’s up to people to decide, it has to be good. That’s all. (…) Now is the time to do it. It’s our 40th anniversary, but I feel younger than ever. I’m having fun. »

The band was co-founded by Sambora, vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, original bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres. Sambora co-wrote some of the group’s most iconic hits, including ” Livin’ on a Prayer “. The love people have for these songs is always “ amazing » for the musician. “ People love to go back and listen to the album of their life. And, in a way, I was a vector of it, with great luck. And work “, did he declare.

The last time Sambora took the stage with his bandmates was in 2018, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the time, he told WECB : “ It’s always great to see the guys. There’s a lot of love, that’s for sure. When I first arrived, we hadn’t seen each other for three years, and they asked me if it was awkward. No…it’s not embarrassing at all. I mean, these are my songs. »

Even though they didn’t see each other for a few years, Sambora believes there was nothing strange about being on stage with his bandmates, old and new: ” We must not forget that I was part of this group for 31 years. I played those shows every night. I could do this sort of thing while sleepwalking. I have a different energy. People want real Coca-Cola. They want to hear those sounds, that kind of attitude. And the guys who play guitar, John Shanks and Phil X, are both great guitar players. I was joking with Phil, I said to him (they were on stage the other night), “Hey, it must suck to be me without the girls and the money.” And he started laughing… »

An opportunity to reunite may present itself next spring, when Jon Bon Jovi is honored as MusiCares’ 2024 Person of the Year. The annual charity gala will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 2, 2024.


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