For thirty years, the duo of Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi have been one of most successful rock and roll marriages of all-time. 130 million record sales, 2700 concerts in over fifty countries, and induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame are just a few of Bon Jovi’s accolades. All good things must come to an end. The New Jersey rockers have parted ways. Usually when this happens it’s over “creative differences” but it appears the decision was primarily financial. Richie Sambora was earning $2 million dollars A MONTH and 20% of the band’s profits. In 2011, Richie left their tour for alcohol problems and was replaced by guitarist, Phillip Xenidis, who is now filling Richie’s role in the current lineup.
“WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE” (Moscow)
To many fans of the band, Richie is the heart and soul of Bon Jovi. Despite carrying the name of the lead singer, Sambora’s style, songwriting, and signature guitar solos epitomize the band’s image. As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grows stronger” and likely both sides will reconcile at some future date. Look at the riffs between Steven Perry and Joe Perry and Aerosmith’s ever-changing lineup. Sambora recorded a single, “Come Back At Me” rumored to be a jab at Jon this fall although Richie stated on Twitter that “it had nothing to do with Jon”. Fittingly, Sambora’s new solo LP is entitled, Aftermath Of The Lowdown.
“COME BACK AS ME” RICHIE SAMBORA