Richie Sambora states rehearsing with Bon Jovi wasn’t awkward and chemistry came back quickly
Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his girlfriend ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi were recently interviewed by Billboard as we are getting near to Bon Jovi‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month.
Sambora and ex-Bon Jovi bassist Alec Jon Such are expected to be part of the Bon Jovi members getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and it’s expected that they will reunite to play together on this night.
Sambora was asked how it felt to rehearse with his former Bon Jovi bandmates to which he stated: “We played live to millions of people over 31 years. Do I miss it? No — but the memories are good. It feels great to see everybody. We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn’t awkward. The chemistry came back very quickly; it’s matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you’re on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall ceremony] is just another cycle — and it’s a good one, so here we go.”
In terms of how he found about about Bon Jovi‘s induction, Sambora advised: “There were murmurings that came through about a week before the announcement or so, and I was not trying to get excited about it — because I figured, you never know. We’ve been nominated before [in 2011]. I had kind of put it out of mind, because we were looked over by the grand forefathers of the Hall of Fame until this year. But I figured that, you know, one day, I’d get in. Maybe I’d be dead, but I’d still get in. [Laughs.] Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a milestone, without a doubt. Like I said, I’ve tried not to get too excited about it for a long time, but I’m starting to get excited about it. I’m glad that I’m actually alive to get in there.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Sambora and Orianthi at Billboard.