Sambora ‘would think about’ Bon Jovi return
Richie Sambora has gone into detail about the personal issues that saw him leave Bon Jovi’s world tour earlier this year – and it seems to kill off rumours of a feud with his frontman.
The guitarist insists there was “no malice” in his sudden decision to leave the band. Instead, he says he needed time away from the constant grind after 30 years.
And he says he’s considering rejoining next year – although it’s not a certainty.
Sambora tells the Hollywood Reporter: “We were the hardest-working band in the world. 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 realise: ‘Oh my god, this is so important.’”
He’s spent his downtime with teenage daughter Eva and with his mum, who recently broke her hip. He says: “Everything has its time. I had some time to grow up – 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, pick up the dog shit, watch her play and put on her sweet-sixteen party.”
But he emphasises that a return to Bon Jovi isn’t definite. “I would think about it for sure,” he says. “There’s no malice. You get along for thirty years. That’s a damn good marriage.
“I did fourteen cycles for thirty years, and I also had three solo albums and tours, wrote songs for other people. I missed a lot. A lot of life happened.
“‘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.”
Asked whether money was a factor, Sambora replies: “Baloney. You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money.”
One thing he’s sure about is his desire to rebuild his solo career, after describing last year’s solo album Aftermath Of The Lowdown as “something that didn’t go right”.
“They blew me off the second week,” he says of his former label. “I want to get together with people I like and try to build a brand – go out and gig on my own and make a living.”
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi’s Because We Can world tour has been named the highest-grossing of 2013. The band made $205m over 90 shows in front of over 2m people, according to the Billboard top 25 list.
But on an average per-show basis the Rolling Stones topped the rock chart, making $5.47m per appearance, ahead of Paul McCartney ($3.33m), Roger Waters ($3m) and Bruce Springsteen ($3.77m), with Bon Jovi in fourth position ($2.27m).
Billboard top-earning rock tours chart
(Number in parenthesis shows placing in full music industry list)
1 (1). Bon Jovi: $205m over 90 shows, avg $2.27m per show
2 (4). Bruce Springsteen: $147m over 53 shows, avg $2.77m per show
3 (6). Rolling Stones: $126m over 23 shows, avg $5.47m per show
4 (11). Roger Waters: $81m over 27 shows, avg $3m per show
5 (16). Paul McCartney: $70m over 21 shows, avg $3.33m per show
6 (17). Fleetwood Mac: $62m over 45 shows, avg $1.37m per show
7 (19). Dave Matthews Band: $53m over 61 shows, avg $0.87m per show
8 (25). Iron Maiden: £45m over 34 shows, avg $1.32m per show