Richie Sambora make statement on returning to Bon Jovi

It’s been nearly a year since Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora left his long time band’s “Because We Can” tour a month after it started for “personal reasons.” Now, the guitarist is sharing his thoughts on the band continuing without him.

While in Australia for a charitable performance for the Starlight Foundation with guitarist Orianthi on February 28th, Sambora told the Herald Sun that Bon Jovi isn’t the “real deal” without him.

“At the end of the day, if you’re going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing,” Sambora said. “[Frontman] Jon [Bon Jovi] just has a different mentality. I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it the Rolling Stones.”

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

“I know Mick Jagger wouldn’t tour without Keith Richards and call it the Rolling Stones.”

Although Sambora has recorded and performed solo since his sudden departure from the band last April, Sambora insists he left the tour to spend time with his 16-year-old daughter, Ava.

“It was an unpopular decision with the fans and the band, but sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do for his family. It certainly didn’t come down to money. It’s something I needed to do for my family and myself.”

One thing is for certain, Sambora isn’t sure about his future with Bon Jovi.

“I’m not saying this band will not get back together at some point, or not,” he said. “There will have to be a lot of communication, a lot of talking.”

Despite Phil X replacing Sambora on the tour, Bon Jovi topped Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours of 2013 list grossing nearly $260 million last year.

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.