Richie Sambora Says Bon Jovi Isn't 'The Real Thing' Without Him

The war of words continues?

Richie Sambora Says Bon Jovi Isn't 'The Real Thing' Without Him
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The war of words between Bon Jovi and the band's exiled guitarist Richie Sambora has cooled off over the last several months, but that doesn't mean Sambora has made peace with the idea of the group touring without him.

"At the end of the day, if you're going to buy a can of Coke, you want the real thing," he explained to Melbourne's Herald Sun (via Ultimate Classic Rock). Unfortunately, says Sambora, Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi "just has a different mentality" - even though, as he put it, "I know Mick Jagger wouldn't tour without Keith Richards and call it the Rolling Stones."

Be that as it may, Sambora seems to feel as though some fans are willing to give Bon Jovi a pass without him in the lineup because "For the longest time, even now, I'm considered Jon Bon Jovi's side arm, or something." It rankles him, and for good reason: "Hey, I built this band, too."

Sambora maintains that he walked away from Bon Jovi in order to spend more time with his daughter, and admitted to the Herald Sun, "It was an unpopular decision with the fans and the band, but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do for his family. It certainly didn't come down to money. It's something I needed to do for my family and myself." And as for a reunion? "I'm not saying this band will not get back together at some point, or not," he shrugged. "There will have to be a lot of communication, a lot of talking."

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    Dannym95
    It's about time these petty news articles stopped (not just on UG) and Richie rejoined Bon Jovi and we can be done with this,
    rcanders
    Yeah, the lower Sambora's bank account gets the more communicating and talking he'll be doing....
    ne14t
    Don't assume because he isn't touring that he doesn't have money I am sure Richie has investments that would allow him to live comfortably for the rest of his life.
    Rajah
    As a co-writer of Bon Jovi's biggest hits Richie would be getting a decent royalty cheque every year, enough to live comfortably on.
    bend1310
    Richie is touring though. He is currently touring Australia with Soundwave, saw him in Sydney.
    paulyg
    Yeah a bit hypocritical i think. Left Bon Jovi to have a break from touring but then tours as Solo. I was at the Sydney soundwave, watched Sambora for about 4 songs, was let down to be honest. His version of 'Lay Your Hands On Me' quite frankly sucked with Jon up front! That's when i left to go to another stage and watch Testament ! ...who by the way were ****en awesome!!!!
    Democrab
    I saw him in Melbourne after leaving Testament (Fucking idiots in the moshpit ruined it for me) and he did really well, IMO. His version of Wanted Dead or Alive was better than the studio one.
    TheSound606
    Well Phil X is doing a fantastic job either way. I mainly want Richie to go back so we can get more Phil X & The Drills records.
    Emberwolf06
    I feel like he left to sort of say "see, look how important I am!" Now that they've just went on without them he's trying to convince people they're bad so he can be relevant again.
    AC/DCnut
    Phil X is doing a solid job as guitarist and he doesn't suck at vocals either. Richie's voice has been pretty crap of late. Also, how can he expect them to be seen as an equal partner to Bon Jovi when the band is named after the lead singer. People naturally gravitate towards the figure of Bon Jovi.
    kill it
    i'm not a big bon jovi fan but disagree. ritchie sambora is still a solid vocalist, it's jon's voice that isn't sounding very good with age. he seems to be going for a bit of a country/rock style voice since he can't sing as well in a rock style anymore. but then again, not a lot of vocalists can nail the last chorus of livin' on a prayer.
    sunburstshredde
    Well maybe he's not an "equal partner" in terms of being the public face of the band, but he co-writes most of the songs with Jon.
    tjm91
    Richie's right! almost every song of this band which was a hit was written Jon AND Richie. Richie is the real "mastermind" in this band: you just have to compare the JBJ solo records with the one's of Richie. He is an amazing blues guitarist and singer, and also "usual" BJ-songs are so much better when he sings them. On the other hand, Jon can't even play guitar well and his lyric-skills are so f***** bad, just compare the latest BJ record (which was voted to be one of the worst rock records here on UG...and totally deserved it!)
    chyld fan
    so true , jons vocals havnt been good in 20 yrs. as far as comparing the solo records, while i think samboras were a world better than jons , jons did sell more
    leony03
    As much as I love Richie's guitar playing, the other members, except obviously Jon are a bit underplayed imo. The bassist lays done some funky lines and no-one seems to notice. I guess thats what happens when you name a band after yourself.
    jimmydvn
    i think we can all agree on one thing though: either way bon jovi suck.
    BlackLabel5150
    you really cant take away the fact this band has done extremely well over the years and has thousands of devoted fans, but that said I am not one of them.
    ne14t
    I would agree, they have seemed to have worked out a good formula that has made them successful and earned them money but like yourself I am not a fan, I think I can name one song, Living on a Prayer...that was Jovi right?
    codyjt5150
    Even that was a bad song.
    kumamilesbear
    Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's a bad song. I'm not a Bon Jovi fan, and I don't think I can name any song off the top of my head by them that I actually enjoy. But that doesn't take away from the fact that there are thousands on thousands of people who love their music, and that song was a hit, and people still go ape over it. I can't deny that despite the fact that I don't necessarily like them, they have something figured out that works for them.
    Jugulator_cro
    the "thousands upon thousands" of fans means absolutely nothing, we all know what else kind of music has gazillions of fans
    paulyg
    Saying Bon Jovi suck is a big call. At least they came from an era that to make it big as a band you had to work HARD! Even if you do not like their music, you have to admire their long standing effort for 30 plus years, especially their hectic Recording/touring schedule in the 80's.
    slash_015
    I'm sry, i think he's right. The last good bon jovi-song was "bed of roses" >.>
    6-String_Madman
    If you think the albums These Days, Crush and Have A Nice Day are bad... You need to have your ears and/or brain checked. Seriously, you need help.
    Arfing Thumb
    Pepsi tastes better than Coca Cola! *Grabs Popcorn*
    Way Cool JR.
    Yeah but Pepsi Throwback tastes like real Pepsi and the regular Pepsi nowadays tastes nothing like real Pepsi. But yes, Pepsi tastes better than Coke.
    Rajah
    I saw Richie's solo show the other night and again yesterday at Soundwave as he was awesome. I hope he never goes back to Bon Jovi and keeps doing his solo stuff. The real test of his worth will be when Jon wants to write another Bon Jovi album.