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Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has admitted that he would still consider rejoining his former band, despite having left earlier this year due to ‘personal reasons.’ Following the poor response to their latest studio album What About Now, rumours surrounding Sambora having been fired after thirty years began to surface as they were touring Canada and the United States in support of the record.
A month after his departure, frontman Jon Bon Jovi had told the London Evening Standard that ‘It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something,’ prompting Sambora to retaliate by stating ‘He is making it very difficult for me to come back… Enough with the trash talking!’
In a November interview with Today, Sambora cited the sacrifices that he has had to make with his family over the last three decades to keep the band a success, such as missing much of his daughter’s life, but even as he tried to make up for lost time he felt confident that he would eventually return to the group.
Billboard revealed that Bon Jovi had enjoyed the highest grossing tour of any artist in 2013, having earned an estimated $205 million from a total of ninety shows, performing to over two million fans. Sambora was the last member to join Bon Jovi in 1983, and after the lukewarm response to their first two albums, the band were launched into the mainstream with 1986′s Slippery When Wet, which would produce the number one hits You Give Love a Bad Name and Livin’ on a Prayer.
In the years since their initial success, they have enjoyed a consistent level of success, regularly climbing up the charts with such memorable classics as Bad Medicine, Bed of Roses and Always, before reinventing themselves in the new millennium with It’s My Life. Over the last decade Bon Jovi have released two Platinum-selling albums, and while they performance in the charts has failed to match their earlier success they have continued to remain a popular live act.
Recently Sambora was asked by the Hollywood Reporter if, despite his own reasons for having left and the public conflicts he has had with Jon Bon Jovi, whether he would consider returning to the band, ‘Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for thirty years, that’s a damn good marriage.’Regarding what kind of toll his career has had on his family life he added, ‘I did fourteen cycles for thirty 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 bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1994 following the success of their Keep the Faith album the remaining members decided not to officially replace him, instead recruiting Hugh McDonald (who had performed on Jon Bon Jovi’s original 1983 demo) as a session musician.
Whether or not the band will follow suit with replacing Sambora remains to be seen.