Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora understands fans’ “hostility”

Guitarist Richie Sambora has refused to draw a line under his career in Bon Jovi, saying he understands why fans were angered by his recent decision to not tour with the band.

Sambora, who is set to tour Australia with the Soundwave festival later this month, dropped out of Bon Jovi last year citing “personal reasons”. He missed the band’s December stadium tour, with Canadian guitarist Phil X filling in at shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as dates in Italy, the UK and South African.

“I can see why they [fans] are hostile,” Sambora told FL’s David Swan. “Because they went out and bought tickets, and they expected to see me play too. So there’s a certain hostility I think that would come along with that. But hey, this cat that’s filling in for me [Phil X], I’m sure he’s an ample guitar player and I’m sure that people will have a good time anyway. It was just one of those times. I’m not saying that the band is over, I don’t really know, but that’s the way it is right now.”

Sambora, who has been a member of Bon Jovi since 1983, says he needed a break from the business of writing, recording and touring with the band. “I haven’t been home for a year ever,” Sambora explains. “I’ve missed a lot of life. And the currency of love and happiness is worth a lot more than the currency of money. And I’m sure it wasn’t a popular decision, but I had to make it.”

The full interview with Richie Sambora about rehab, touring with Australian guitarist Orianthi and “burning out in the ‘80s” will be published on FL soon.

Richie Sambora Sidewaves with special guest Orianthi:

Thursday, February 20 – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Wednesday, February 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney