Richie Sambora details Bon Jovi ultimatum: ‘Join or leave’

More details emerge from Richie Sambora about his departure from Bon Jovi in the midst of their Because We Can Tour in April 2013. In his second interview with a foreign publication this month, Sambora insists he was given an ultimatum to either “join or leave” his longtime bandmates.

“I’ve done a lot wrong in my life and have regularly made bad decisions,” the current solo artist states to Dutch publication Lust For Life. “But I think this step was corrected at last. It has quite hurt me that more and more untruths have come in the media. I just wanted to calmer waters, and just do something for myself. But the Bon Jovi machine was on. I said I wanted a break. We had just finished with another tour…I just wanted to enjoy my time with my daughter. I then saw as a year of other priorities for me. I wanted to make my own music, and preferred doing a few shows with own band. That was just not accepted.

“That’s hard when you share joys and sorrows of 30 years…Because I love Jon and still really see the possibility of a return.”

“I could choose–join or leave,” he continues. “That’s hard when you share joys and sorrows of 30 years…Because I love Jon and still really see the possibility of a return. There is no bad blood with me anymore. What happens next? We’ll see. I thoroughly enjoy my shows and then we’re going to record the album. I will also do some touring, but no fourteen months in 50 countries. Just good speed, good play and then be home for a while — with [29 year old girlfriend and guitar virtuoso] Orianthi, because she makes everything more intense!”

It’s been widely known for awhile that Sambora and Orianthi are collaborating on an album and tour. The pair have been touring Europe, Australia and Asia together. As for a release date on their joint album, the duo states, “When it kind of feels ready, we’ll put it out.”

Despite his absence from Bon Jovi, the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with the July 1st Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissue of their highly acclaimed 1988 album, New Jersey, featuring the highly sought after Sons Of Beaches demos and more. Other live and studio compilations are expected later this year as well.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the wording is this article may not be exact as the publication is in Dutch and the website did not automatically translate. The text had to be copied to Google Translate which isn’t 100% accurate.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.