Even though Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi several years ago, he’s still a big part of the reason for their longevity and success. He last played with them in 2013, but after being with the band for 31 he is very much a part of the reason why the band won the nomination and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. While not completely surprised by the award, after all the buzz and the online polls, Sambora is still very excited by the news.
Recently he was able to talk to a reporter at Rolling Stone magazine about the upcoming inauguration, his long history with the band that shaped his career, and whether or not he’ll be playing at the induction ceremony (spoiler alert- he will). During the interview, Sambora emphasized the fact that there wasn’t any bad blood between himself and the other members of the band, just that 31 years is a long time, with the implication being that he just felt it was time for a change.
Despite the fact that he had no regrets about quitting, he was definitely excited not only about being awarded such a great honor, but about the prospect of being able to play with Bon Jovi again. He’s continued to record music, working with his partner, Orianthi and is working on recording an album. Despite all of this he’s looking forward to the opportunity and is hopeful that everything will turn out well.
While there has been no official word on exactly who will be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, let alone what songs will be played chances are “Livin on a Prayer” will be one of the three songs chosen. Fans are sure to be excited about the news as the full band has not played together in more than 4 years. It’s sure to be a memorable event and one that many fans will be looking forward to.