News

Richie Sambora: ‘Bon Jovi isn’t the real thing without me’

Richie Sambora: ‘Bon Jovi isn’t the real thing without me’

'LEAVIN' ON A PRAYER: Richie Sambora left the group last year. Photo: Associated Press

Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is convinced the classic rock band “isn’t the real thing” since he walked away from the group last year.

The rocker abruptly left the band’s tour last April, citing his desire to spend more time at home with his 16-year-old daughter Ava, and he has now embarked on his own solo trek in Australia.

Sambora tells Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper that Bon Jovi just isn’t the same without the original line-up: “At the end of the day, if you’re going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing.”

Sambora also hints that he is still at odds with Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi, whom he claims “just has a different mentality,” insisting “I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it the Rolling Stones.”

He adds, “For the longest time, even now, I’m considered Jon Bon Jovi’s side arm, or something… Hey, I built this band, too.”

When asked about a potential reunion with the “Livin’ on a Prayer” hitmakers, Sambora adds, “I’m not saying this band will not get back together at some point, or not. There will have to be a lot of communication, a lot of talking.”

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

Nickelback

LISTEN: This week's top rock tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Weird

Man laid to rest in fireworks funeral

Since Independence Day falls during the work week, members of St. Richard Catholic Church celebrated the holiday on Sunday, June 30, 2013, with a picnic-style outing complete with fireworks that could be seen throughout the northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood. The long streamers were recorded in a 13-second time exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A Missouri man will bid farewell to his father by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks and launched into the sky.

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

Zack Galifianakis interviews Brad Pitt on ‘Between Two Ferns’

twoferns

The comic gets in some good digs at the "Fury" star in this hilariously awkward interview that's crashed by Louis C.K.

in Music

Jack White heading to Yale

jackwhite

The rocker will be part of a panel about legendary jazz and blues label Paramount Records.

in Music

Ozzy wants Bill Ward back for Black Sabbath swansong

ozzy

The rocker is keen to end his stand-off with drummer Bill Ward so he can join his bandmates for a final show.