B Rock Note: Sambora Will Perform with Bon Jovi at Rock Hall of Fame
Five years ago, on the eve of a world tour by Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora simply failed to show up for work. We later learned that he wanted to spend more time with his daughter.
The tour went on without him and instead of harboring ill-will and fueling the all-too-common rock star feuds and meltdowns, Jon Bon Jovi took the high road and moved on.
So naturally, the biggest question regarding next April's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been answered quickly. Richie Sambora has confirmed that he will play with the band during the evening's festivities.
"It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- it'll be a joyous occasion," Sambora told Billboard. "I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something and we put a lot of asses in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy. I did so many different jobs in that band, so, yeah, I'm showing up for that."
As of now, Sambora hasn't spoken with anybody in the band about this other than Jon Bon Jovi, so they haven't yet worked out what they're going to play.
"He was my right hand for a long time, so there was never ill will, just like I told everybody. [He] just didn’t show up anymore," said Jon Bon Jovi. "We went on, but he was there for three decades and he should be there to celebrate the moment. So he'll be invited to join the rest of the band in all of the festivities."