Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora opened up on his time with the band and talked about the possibility of playing with the boys again in 2014.
He said: “We were the hardest working band in the world, man. You’re talking 24/7, and you don’t get to come home. I missed so much of my child’s life. And you get to that place where you realize, ‘Oh my God, this is really important.’”
Sambora’s own mother fractured her hip six weeks ago and he has been making trips back and forth from California to New Jersey to care for her.
He said: “I’m her only son, so I have to come out here and make sure her doctors are OK. But she’s doing well. Everything has its time and I needed to be with myself for the first time in a long time. I had some time to grow up, because rock ‘n’ roll will make you a virtual 17-year old. I needed to be with the kid, go to the parent/teacher conference, take out the garbage and pick up the dog poop, then watch her play and put on her sweet 16 party.”
As for 2014, people are still wondering if Sambora will rejoin Bon Jovi.
He said: “Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for 30 years, that’s a damn good marriage. I was coming out of something a little bit different with my solo record, Aftermath of the Lowdown, and it just didn’t go in the right direction for me artistically, which is not to say it’s a bad thing.”
“I did 14 cycles for 30 years, so I missed a lot. A lot of life happened. And I also had three solo albums and tours, wrote songs for other people. Burnt isn’t the right word, but I almost fell out of love with music and I needed to fall in love with it again.”
“When we mature in our age, you have a different pace, because it gets so complicated with family. The guys had a different pace and I didn’t agree with it. Everybody thinks you are nuts because this rock star life is such a glamorous thing, but let me tell you something. In the ‘80s it was fantastic, but now, there is nothing going on.”
“When you’re sick on the road, it’s the worst. That’s when you become the most vulnerable and neurotic. You become scared. If I had a cold or a chest infection, and I had to sing all those high parts, there was stage fright. Because when you walk out in front of an audience of over 70,000 people, you’ve got to be on your game. They deserve it.”
This article was written by dudley