Richie Sambora On His New Record, ‘I Don’t Write Bad Songs Anymore’


Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora recently made an appearance on the red carpet at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards and revealed that he now doesn’t write any bad songs.

Richie Sambora joined Bon Jovi in 1983 to replace Dave Sabo, the band’s original lead guitarist. After a successful career with the band, Sambora left in 2013 to focus more on his family. Apart from working with Jovi, the guitarist also had a solo career. So, after his departure, he focused on his solo efforts and released the solo single ‘Come Back As Me.’

During the coronavirus lockdown, many artists worked on new music material. It was an excellent opportunity for most because no tours or live shows were on the way. Sambora has also been working on new music material for the last few years, and now he is ready to release them as a new album.

At the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England, on July 1, Richie Sambora talked about making music during the lockdown. He said it allowed him to slow his progress, so he had time to practice, write songs, and play the piano more productively.

Sambora then talked about his upcoming music material and said he was proud of his work. The guitarist then argued he doesn’t write bad songs anymore, which he feels lucky for. While saying that writing songs is like a daily exercise for him, Sambora resembled making music to keeping a journal of thoughts, experiences, and feelings.

Speaking about working on music during the pandemic, Richie Sambora said the following:

“It was interesting for me because it was probably one of the first times I had a chance to — forcibly — slow it down. So what that did for me was I just practiced a lot, wrote every day, wrote songs, and sharpened the pencil. And I played a lot of pianos too. So it was a decent time because it slowed me down on purpose.”

Sambora then touched upon his new music material:

“I’m very proud of it. I don’t write bad songs anymore; I just don’t; it just doesn’t happen. And the people I work with would be, like, ‘That’s bollocks.’ But it’s not hard for me. I’m just lucky that way.

And I write all the time, so it’s like a daily exercise for me. I try to come up with something every day. It’s like having a journal. It’s like keeping a journal of your thoughts, keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life, how you’re feeling.”

You can watch the full interview below.