Jon Bon Jovi, the founder and frontman of the legendary band Bon Jovi, opened up about Ritchie Sambora, former guitarist of Bon Jovi, when asked if there is anything in his career he would have done differently during an interview with Rock Antenne.
Ritchie Sambora was the lead guitarist of Bon Jovi for 30 years. Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were the main unit of songwriting for the band, they created most of the band’s iconic hits throughout the years. Sambora left the band in 2013 and stated his reason for leaving was to give his family more of his attention and time.
During an interview with Germany’s Rock Antenne, Jon Bon Jovi opened up about the absence of Sambora when asked about the regrets in his career. Bon Jovi stated that he wants Sambora to be in the band every day but he also stated that bad things happen in order to reveal better things in life.
Here is what Jon Bon Jovi said about Sambora:
“Some things happened that are the catalyst for why other good things happen. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish that Richie had his life together and was still in the band. And yet, in a weird way, it’s because of his inability to get it together anymore that we went on and wrote ‘This House Is Not For Sale’. It was a very strong record, and that I’m able to write songs like this… Maybe we would’ve gotten lazy… I don’t know where we would have gone, but through all that pain and heartbreak came this.”
Sambora rejoined Bon Jovi on stage in April 2018 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. It was Sambora’s first performance with the band in five years after his departure. Together they performed several fans’ favorites, including ‘Livin’ On A Prayer,’ ‘You Give Love A Bad Name,’ and ‘It’s My Life.’
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