Richie Sambora Talks Bon Jovi's Rock Hall Nom: 'Of Course' ExGuitarist Is Open to Rejoining for Induction Show
publish date: 2017-10-09
Despite over six No. 1 albums on the 200 chart and four Hot 100-topping singles, Bon Jovi still isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But they’ve got a chance this year, as the Jersey-bred arena rockers cracked the ballot for the first time since 2011. As yearly nominations begin to include more and more ‘90s acts and non-rock artists, could Bon Jovi’s time be running out?
Richie Sambora is cautiously optimistic. chatted with the band’s former lead axe man, who joined in 1983 and co-wrote most of the group's iconic hits over the following three decades. He left the band in 2013, and though he hasn’t played with them since, he's open to returning to their lineup on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, should Bon Jovi finally get the call.
Here are the highlights of our conversation, touching on a potential Bon Jovi Rock Hall set list, making live music safer in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, and Sambora's latest music endeavor RSO, a collaboration with renowned guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Orianthi.
Take me through your initial reaction this week.
The Hall of Fame, I mean, I’ve kind of lived it because I used to play with, you know… any time you walk on stage, it's Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder. The guys I play with have been iconic. It's been an amazing life, because I get a chance to hang out with the Hall of Fame and my peers and my heroes.
Of course it's wonderful to be recognized… Like, thank you very much, but I'm not counting my chickens before they're hatched, you know what I'm saying? I've been nominated before, so you never know what's gonna happen. And looking at the list of nominees, there's so many great people that I think should've been in already. Like The Cars and Dire Straits and everybody that's up.