Richie Sambora Says Reunion With Bon Jovi Is Going 'Great'
Five years after leaving Bon Jovi mid-tour, guitarist Richie Sambora has revealed that rejoining the band to rehearse for an upcoming performance for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a huge success.
Sambora along with ex-Bon Jovi bassist Alec Jon Such are expected to participate when the band gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame where it’s expected that they will reunite to play together.
Sambora was asked by Variety how it felt to rehearse with his former bandmates to which he replied:
“We played live to millions of people over 31 years. Do I miss it? No - but the memories are good. It feels great to see everybody. We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn’t awkward. The chemistry came back very quickly; it’s matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you’re on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall ceremony] is just another cycle — and it’s a good one, so here we go.”
Sambora also spoke about how he found out the group was going to be honored:
“There were murmurings that came through about a week before the announcement or so, and I was not trying to get excited about it — because I figured, you never know. We’ve been nominated before [in 2011]. I had kind of put it out of mind, because we were looked over by the grand forefathers of the Hall of Fame until this year."
"But I figured that, you know, one day, I’d get in. Maybe I’d be dead, but I’d still get in. [Laughs.] Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a milestone, without a doubt. Like I said, I’ve tried not to get too excited about it for a long time, but I’m starting to get excited about it. I’m glad that I’m actually alive to get in there.”
Now let's just hope they make this a permanent reunion and bring the original band back to Australia!