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Sambora Says Money Not Behind Bon Jovi Walk Out

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi
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Once again Richie Sambora has broken his silence about his exit from Bon Jovi — but in actuality, he’s said very little on his reasons why. Sambora, who bolted from the band back in April only 21 shows into its massive world tour, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and explained, “We were the hardest working band in the world, man. You’re talking 24/7, and you don’t get to come home. I missed so much of my child’s life. And you get to that place where you realize, ‘Oh, my god, this is really important.’ . . . When we mature in our age, you have a different pace, because it gets so complicated with family. The guys had a different pace and I didn’t agree with it. Everybody thinks you are nuts because this rock star life is such a glamorous thing, but let me tell you something. In the ‘80s it was fantastic, but now, there is nothing going on.”

When pressed on whether he would ever return to Bon Jovi, he said: “Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for 30 years, that’s a damn good marriage. . . I was coming out of something a little bit different with my solo record, Aftermath Of The Lowdown, and it just didn’t go in the right direction for me artistically, which is not to say it’s a bad thing. . . I did 14 cycles for 30 years, so I missed a lot. A lot of life happened. And I also had three solo albums and tours, wrote songs for other people . . . Burnt isn’t the right word, but I almost fell out of love with music and I needed to fall in love with it again.”

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