Livin’ on a bid.
If Bon Jovi is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, it’s likely that its original guitarist could return for the ceremony.
Richie Sambora, 58, who abruptly left the band during the 2013 “Because We Can” tour, told Billboard that he would “of course” play with Bon Jovi. He was formerly the songwriting partner of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi.
In the interview, Sambora said, “There’s not a lot of malice there, you know. I mean, there’s just — it was just time for me to leave at that point. So yeah, of course.”
Jon Bon Jovi performs during the “This House Is Not For Sale” tour at the United Center on Sunday, Mar 26, 2017, in Chicago.
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Bon Jovi, who released his “This House is Not for Sale” album in November 2016, said last year that Sambora left as the band was in the midst of their 2013 tour.
Bon Jovi clarified that it wasn’t due to money issues or over a fight.
“He wasn’t fired; he just didn’t come to work,” Bon Jovi, 55, previously told People.
In 2016, the two musicians also reached out to one another on Twitter regarding new music. Bon Jovi was eager to hear Sambora’s new work while the latter complimented the band on their single.
Sambora also told Billboard that he hasn’t quite ruled out reuniting with the band some day.
The guitarist also speculates that even if Bon Jovi’s bid falls short at this go-around, they’ll still make it into that hallowed ground.
He told Billboard, “It’s just a matter of time, I imagine. That’s why I wasn’t really focused on it, because I just thought, ‘F–k! You know, we sold about 150 million records, so we put a lot of asses in seats and made a lot of people happy through music we made together.’ And I think maybe it’s time for that recognition.”
He also has clear-cut song suggestions for the induction ceremony, should Bon Jovi enter the Hall of Fame: “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.”