Richie Sambora, the long-time guitarist for Bon Jovi, said he would play with Bon Jovi if inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He commented on the possible scenario during the Thursday, Oct. 5 “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM.
Bon Jovi is one of 19 nominees for the Class of 2018, the Rock Hall announced on Thursday. The Bon Jovi nomination lists former members Richie Sambora, who exited the band in 2013, and original bassist Alec John Such, who departed in 1994, as part of the group.
“Of course (I’ll play),” Sambora said. “It’s so good to be recognized. It’s a thrill.”
Bon Jovi has sold 130 million records. Sambora, a native of Woodbridge, is the co-writer of the Bon Jovi classics “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Bad Medicine,” “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” and more.
He left the band in the middle of a 2013 tour.
“At the end of the day, the great thing is we made a lot of people happy, we put a lot of (backsides) in the seats, we sold a lot of records and made some great songs that made a lot of people happy,” said Sambora to host Eddie Trunk. “So if I do get in, I’ll feel like it’s maybe deserved.”
Eligible acts for this year’s ballot needed to have released a single or album by 1992 or earlier. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry, according to the Rock Hall. Factors include an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique.
This is the second time Bon Jovi has been nominated. Both Sambora and Bon Jovi are pushing fans to vote for the band on their on their respective social media sites. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is noted for reunions of the honored bands, some of whom hadn’t played together in decades.
Sambora has just released a new EP called “Rise” with collaborator and girlfriend Orianthi.