Bon Jovi fans might not be living on a prayer in regards to a potential reunion, according to Richie Sambora. It’s been ten years since Richie Sambora rocked with Jon Bon Jovi in the band they co-founded in Sayreville, N.J. in 1983. The guitarist and founding member recently opened up about the possibility of the band reuniting for their 40th anniversary.
“There’s a documentary that’s being done about the band and stuff that I’ve participated in, and people want to come see us play, and it’s going to make everybody happy,” Samora told People. “I mean, essentially, that’s why you do it at this point.”
Sambora added, “I think that we wrote a lot of songs that changed a lot of people’s lives just by letting them have a good time. I know that’s what music did to me … kept me company. And I hope that I can reflect that in what I do.”
“So yeah, [a reunion] definitely could happen,” he continued. “It’s just a question of when everybody’s ready to go do it. It will be a big, massive kind of undertaking.”
A Bon Jovi Reunion Might Resonate with a Generation of Power Ballad Fans
Sambora, along with singer Jon Bon Jovi, original bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres, co-founded Bon Jovi. He played a significant role in co-writing some of the band’s most iconic music, such as “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” After his departure, guitarist Phil X took over and continues to tour and record with the group.
Sambora expressed astonishment at the enduring love people have for Bon Jovi, even four decades after its inception. “That goes to show you, music is the international language,” he told People. “And it lasts a lifetime.”
The rocker believes that Bon Jovi is the soundtrack to a generation of power ballad fans. “People love to go back and hear the scrapbook of their lives. And somehow I’ve been a conduit to that very, very luckily and a lot of hard work too,” Sambora added.
In 2013, the renowned guitarist decided to depart from the band to prioritize his relationship with his daughter, Ava, who is now 26 years old. Ava is his daughter from his previous marriage to Heather Locklear.
Sambora, who struggled with addiction to painkillers and alcohol, reflected on how the demanding touring lifestyle eventually exacted a toll on his well-being. “My lord, when I look back and start to list the tours … 18-and-a-half months of being on the road, 52 countries,” he recalled. “It’s like, wow. It was really time for a break. We did that 14 times over a 31-year period.”
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