Jon Bon Jovi’s Regret About Richie Sambora
Jon Bon Jovi discovered his passion for music when he was very young and started to take place in several bands such as Raze, Atlantic City Expressway, John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones, and many more. In 1980, the young musician recorded his first single, ‘Runaway,’ and the local radios played the song. After the New York era, the other stations became more interested in the track, bringing the musician his first recognition.
It was the only beginning for Jovi and his iconic band Bon Jovi, consisting of David Bryan, Tico Torres, Alec John Such, and Richie Sambora. Even though Jovi’s friend and neighbor, Dave Sabo, was never the band’s official member, he served as the guitarist for the group for a short time before Skid Row. After him, Jovi decided to hire Sambora as their lead guitarist when Such and Torres recommended him.
Richie Sambora’s Career In Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora took place in twelve Bon Jovi records as the band’s lead guitarist since 1983, but it’s fair to say that the musician went through challenging processes because of his addiction problems. For most of his years with the band, Sambora was heavily addicted to alcohol and painkillers and tried hard to get rid of them. The guitarist entered rehab many times, but he was getting closer to the end of his days in Bon Jovi.
Furthermore, his last album with Bon Jovi was ‘What About Now,’ released on March 8, 2013, in Australia and on March 12, 2013, in the United States. Even though the remaining band members knew that Sambora was having hard times and probably tried to help and support him, none of them wasn’t expecting a surprising announcement or notification from their longtime bandmate and friend at that time.
What Did Jon Bon Jovi Feel About Richie Sambora’s Departure?
As a part of promoting the latest record, Bon Jovi started their ‘Because We Can’ tour, on February 10, 2013, in Washington, D.C., and ended on December 17, 2013, in Brisbane. However, in the middle of the tour’s first leg, Sambora announced that he decided to part ways with Bon Jovi without speaking with the rest of the band.
He informed them via management a short time before their first concert in Canada started. Later, the guitarist stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family, especially his daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora who needed him the most at that time; that’s why he left Bon Jovi.
The band’s frontman stated that he had a regret about the lead guitarist in one of his previous interviews. The famous singer revealed he wished that Sambora had his life together and could stay in the group by solving his problems. He added that they moved on and created ‘This House Is Not for Sale,’ a reflection of pain and heartbreak.
In Jovi’s words, he said:
“Very few things, honest to god, very few things. Some things happened that were the catalyst for why other good things happened, you know? There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish Richie Sambora had his life together and was still in the band.
In a weird way, it’s because of his inability to get it together anymore that we went on and wrote ‘This House Is Not for Sale.’ It was a very strong record, and I’m able to write songs like this. Maybe we would’ve gotten lazy. I don’t know where we would have gone, but through all that pain and heartbreak came this.”
You can listen to the post-Sambora album ‘This House Is Not for Sale’ below.