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December 26, 2008

Richie Sambora talks Bon Jovi, guitars and Lost Highway

"The songs of ours that have really resonated with people are the ones they can relate to on a day-to-day level. Songs about doubt, about those times that you hope for wisdom" Richie Sambora

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December 16, 2008

Slash, Richie Sambora and Billy Gibbons Talk First Guitars, Famous Riffs

Richie Sambora

On his first Les Paul:
“I had a Univox Les Paul because I couldn’t afford a real one. My first Les Paul, I worked as a janitor at a hospital. I worked there for six weeks, and I finally made enough money — like 500 bucks — to buy my first Les Paul. And I went down to a place called Lou Rose Music in Edison, New Jersey, and got him to sell me my first Les Paul. And I had it from the time I was 17 all the way until I was 23. I was in Bon Jovi. And we were rehearsing, and we didn’t have a lot of money. And we were rehearsing in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and it got stolen. It was my first professional guitar.”

Why did he want a Les Paul?
“All my heroes were playing them — God, everybody. I just thought it was the most powerful guitar. It was sexy. It’s got the most output. You plug it into a good amplifier, you’re gong to get more out of it. That’s my staple when I go to a session, my ‘59 custom. I’m lucky enough to have two of them.”

As a blues guy, what does he get from a Les Paul?
“When you put that rhythm pickup in and clean it up — there’s so dexterity in the Les Paul. It has so many different sounds. You listen to guys like Jimmy Page, the textures they use, the tapestry that was created with a Les Paul was just singing.”

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December 14, 2008

YOUR QUESTIONS: For Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora

Ask the guitarist anything

In between dodging disgruntled Red Sox fans waving around $400 billion lawsuits while attempting to take over Hollywood one film score at a time, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora is stopping by to talk to MusicRadar next week. And, as ever, we're giving you the chance to ask the questions…As lead guitarist and primary songwriter alongside Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora has sold over 120 million albums worldwide. That's a hell of a lot of albums. He recently released a signature guitar, too: the ESP LTD Richie Sambora SA-2.

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December 07, 2008

Santa Still Loves Me


Richie Sambora pled no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher earlier this year with his daughter in the car -- but he doesn't think that's bad enough to get him on Santa's "naughty" list.

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November 25, 2008

Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear Plan Special Thanksgiving Together


Rocker Richie Sambora made a rare cameo last night as a special presenter at the 2008 American Music Awards and Hollyscoop got a chance to catch up with him!

Speaking about the event, Sambora said: “I am having such a good time walking around talking to all my old friends, cause people have the misconception that we see each other all the time and we never get a chance to see each other all the time.”

In regards to the rumors that his ex-wife Heather Locklear might get a gig on Melrose Place sambora said, “Yes I think she should. What would it be without her?” He added, “I love Melrose place, I always loved it.”

sambora, who attended the show with his daughter Ava, also confessed that he is still in close contact with Locklear. “We're spending Thanksgiving together, everything is really cool.” In regards to how his ex-wife is doing following her DUI stint, sambora said, “She's doing fantastic, she's doing good.”

Hollyscoop also caught up with Locklear’s "Flying By" co-star Billy Ray Cyrus. When asked what it was like working with Locklear, Cyrus gushed, “She's amazing. She's fantastic.” We couldn't agree more.

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November 15, 2008

Bon Jovi Writing New Songs For Hits Set

With the final leg of Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" tour completed, guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard.com the New Jersey rock act is looking ahead to plenty of new projects.
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November 08, 2008

Let's hear it for Les Paul

"Les is an old friend of mine. He gave me this special white Les Paul -- he wound the pickups himself -- for my birthday, first time I met him. I play everything from heavy metal to blues to jazz on it. He just hit it right on the head when he designed the Les Paul. I like it better than most girlfriends I've had. The godfather of rock 'n' roll, I call him. Without him, none of us would have a job." -- Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi
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August 02, 2008



It’s My Life
Whole Lot Of Leavin’


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July 26, 2008


by Ted Bauer and his Richie Sambora Appreciation Division

So honestly, could you take Richie Sambora 1 on 1?

No chance. That (expletive) has a hell of a jump shot. He can definitely shoot hoops. You know what else he's good at? Bowling. He'll beat your (expletive) at bowling. The guy's got pollak blood running head to toe. Hell of a curveball on his bowling shot.

If Guitar Hero had ratings like Madden, would Sambora get a 100?

(laughs) Man, I'd hope so. But then again, I recently failed "Rock Band" twice singing one of my own songs. "Wanted Dead or Alive."

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July 17, 2008

Richie Sambora wishes ex-wife Heather Locklear well


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora enjoys an al fresco lunch in Manhattan. Richie was seen attempting to multi task by eating, talking and trying to read his emails in the bright New York sunshine. As he left, a smiling Sambora stopped to chat to videographers, complaining that their concert in the Big Apple that week had had a 10pm curfew. When asked about his ex-wife Heather Locklear, who has recently been in rehab, the rocker wished his former wife well. He wasn't so generous when asked about Denise Richards, just replying with a curt "No" when asked if he was watching her TV show. Sambora briefly dated Richards, his then neighbour, after splitting from Locklear. Saturday July 12 2008.

Sambora Gives the Ex Report - TMZ.comRichie Sambora says ex-wife Heather Locklear is doing A-OK -- but he doesn't keep up with the exploits of one of his other famous exes.

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July 09, 2008

Bon Jovi Nears End Of Tour And Looks To Next Projects

Bon Jovi is in the final stretch of its Lost Highway tour, which wraps with a two-night stand at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden on July 14th and 15th. Before that, the group will perform a free show at New York's Central Park this Saturday (July 12th). The New Jersey rockers have been out supporting their 2007 album, Lost Highway, which debuted at Number One, according to Billboard, and has sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. Guitarist Richie Sambora says he's thrilled about the band's latest success: "We're the number one tour in the world this year, and that's crazy after 25 years of being out, you know? We've been together for 25 years now."

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July 04, 2008

Bon Jovi Nearing The End Of 'Lost Highway'

With seven more shows left on its "Lost Highway" tour, things are starting to get "a little bit" sentimental around the Bon Jovi camp, according to guitarist Richie Sambora.

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June 27, 2008

LiveDaily Interview: Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is a numbers guy. Ask him how his band's European tour is faring and he'll recite figures like a booking agent. "It's unbelievable, unbelievable," Sambora said via telephone on his way to Bristol, England. "It's all stadiums out here and everything's sold out like crazy. They're big gigs: 60,000 in Manchester, 72,000 in Munich. I'm on my way to Bristol right now, which is going to be about 43,000 this evening. I couldn't have wrote the book better. We're the No. 1 tour in the world this year."For that fact alone, Sambora and the rest of Bon Jovi--frontman Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres--have reason to be confident. Also fueling the band's latest round of success is the hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which was dubbed the first No. 1 country record by a rock band; and "Lost Highway, the group's 10th studio album, which went to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart. It was the first time Bon Jovi hit the top spot since "New Jersey" in 1988. Sambora spoke to LiveDaily about the European tour, writing new material and Bon Jovi's hands-on work ethic.

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Bon Jovi lead guitarist

Sambora is ready to rock Bayfest
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June 21, 2008

BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire - Local Radio - Brolly chats with Sambora

Brolly chats with Sambora

On Friday, 20 June, Bob Brolly spoke with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora on his afternoon show.

Bob caught up with the the legendary rock guitarist ahead of Bon Jovi's appearance at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday, 24 June.

The band are coming to town as part of the Lost Highway tour - and promoting the album of the same name.

They were the first act ever to play at the Ricoh Arena when their world tour came to town in 2006.

Richie spoke about touring, the inspiration for the album, and of course - football.

With Bon Jovi playing at the home of the Sky Blues, Bob was thrilled to talk about his two passions coming together - music and football.

If you missed the interview, click on the link below to hear the highlights:

Bob Brolly chats with Richie Sambora

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May 27, 2008

'I'd give Becks guitar lessons'

BON Jovi legend RICHIE SAMBORA has offered to give DAVID BECKHAM free guitar lessons.

The controversial rocker, widely regarded as the best guitarist in the world, struck up an unlikely friendship with Becks when they met on a photo shoot last month.

And he added that Beckham’s silky skills on the pitch could translate into music.

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May 26, 2008

Richie Sambora would love to give Becks free guitar lessons

Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora has offered to teach footie ace David Beckham how to strum a guitar.

The 48-year-old rocker became pals with the Man U mid-fielder when they met on a photo shoot last month and insists that he would be privileged to give guitar lessons.

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May 23, 2008

‘We’re having a great time’

q&a Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora is the lead guitarist in Bon Jovi, who played at the Emirates Palace on Tuesday night. We spoke to him before the big concert in the capital.

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May 19, 2008

60 Minutes

"Jon is the leader of this organization. It's defined. That's an advantage," Bon Jovi's lead guitarist Richie Sambora said.

"1985, Rolling Stone Magazine reported that Jon was the only person who was actually on the record contract. And the rest of you were all employees of his," Kroft said.

"That's true," Sambora said.

And Sambora said that it is still true today. "It's the most unique position and the most unique thing in the record business, I think, to date. It shows you even more the solidarity of what this union is about."

Sambora, who has made up for Bon Jovi's absence from the gossip columns with a highly publicized divorce from Heather Locklear and troubles with alcohol, says no one in the band has ever regretted the arrangement.

"Jon, he's the master of all philanthropic endeavors, sports teams, you know, song writing, record production. I mean, the guy is very, very smart man. And then on top of that, best brother a guy could ask for," Sambora said. "Very consistent. Always. I mean, played a big part in helping me out of my deluge over the last year, you know? Kept me up. Kept me working."

The loyalty goes both ways and Bon Jovi has made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Sambora, Tico Torres and keyboardist Dave Bryan have been together for 26 years now, since the earliest days on the Jersey shore, and they remain among Bon Jovi's closest friends.

"You guys seem to get along pretty well for a rock band," Kroft remarked.

"We speak the same language. We've grown up in the same place. I mean, Jon and David, and I were born by the same baby doctor in the same hospital," Sambora explained.

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May 09, 2008

The Will Leahy Show

Will Leahy Podcast - Richie Sambora
Lead guitarist with Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora talks to Will

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April 13, 2008

ASCAP I Create Music Expo Report

Highlights from It’s My Life Interview with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora 4/10/2008 Interviewer: Erik Philbrook
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April 01, 2008

Bon Jovi saying goodbye to yesterday

Nashville-hatched 'Lost Highway' takes band down some country roads

With Lost Highway, Jon Bon Jovi and the band he fronts took their dabbling in country music to a new level. The New Jersey pop-metal band is all over country radio with the Nashville-hatched album, and they're taking it on yet another world tour.

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March 31, 2008

Bon Jovi taking a country detour


Like any job, being a musician can be boring and repetitive. Even for superstars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie

They won't publicly admit it, but they must have been slightly restless in the arena-rock doldrums to
write a song like the twangy "Who Says You Can't Go Home." The song was the surprise hit from the New Jersey band's 2005 CD "Have a Nice Day." It was a big surprise because the track, a duet with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, landed at the No. 1 spot on the country charts.

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March 18, 2008

Sambora talks about the tour, the album and some tough personal times

In the past year, guitarist Richie Sambora and his band Bon Jovi have hit No. 1 in at least 10 countries with their 10th album, "Lost Highway," and embarked on a world tour with more than $7 million worth of video gear in tow. But the 48-year-old New Jersey native also split with his longtime wife Heather Locklear and underwent a successful stint in rehab.
As Bon Jovi pulls into St. Paul for a two-night stand at the X, here's what Sambora had to say about his recent ups and downs during a conference call with reporters.

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March 17, 2008

Ten things you may not know about Bon Jovi

Here's what we learned from 60 minutes on the phone with guitarist Richie Sambora, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan:

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March 09, 2008

Inqlings: Sambora loves life in Philadelphia


Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, a self-described family guy, will play house in a $3.58 million pad 51 flights up at Two Liberty Place.

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March 07, 2008

PBT: Bon Jovi guitarist on the effect of iTunes


Philadelphia Business Today, 3/6 - On Philadelphia Business Today: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora complains that iTunes has hurt the music business; Urban Outfitters is looking good; and a big banking transaction is "Deal of the Week

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March 02, 2008

Bon Jovi riding a smoother road

Jersey rockers speed past rocky start to 'Lost Highway' tour

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February 22, 2008

Sambora: 'Lost Highway' not country

A lot has been made of Bon Jovi's latest CD, "Lost Highway," being the group's country record.

In reality, guitarist Richie Sambora says calling the album country is a misnomer.

"It's not particularly a country album," said Sambora, who was participating in a conference call with reporters in advance of the tour that will bring them to United Center this weekend. "It's more of a Nashville-oriented kind of record."

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February 19, 2008

Rockin' good time

Bon Jovi has 'amazing' Palace show in store for fan

After 25 years of playing music, Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres still has a smile on his face when his band hits the stage.

"Twenty-five years on the road and 40 years of music. It's the best thing I've ever done in my life," Torres said in an interview. "I feel like I'm a kid up there playing. I'm blessed to have a profession that feels like fun. The traveling and everything else can get you down. Being away from the family is the worst part. The actual playing is spiritual and I'm just enjoying my life. That's why I have such a good time playing."

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February 16, 2008

Richie Sambora gets through his tough times

High-profile divorce and father’s death weighed on the Bon Jovi guitarist

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear were married 11 years before their high-profile divorce. That was just the first of many personal crises to hit Richie. In his first interview in two years, Sambora told “Access Hollywood’s” Tony Potts about what a tough time he’s had and how he is coping.

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February 15, 2008

Bon Jovi Snags Kopple For Documentary

Bon Jovi has commissioned Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple to make a documentary about the band, which she's started working on as the New Jersey rockers prepare for a U.S. tour to promote their latest album, "Lost Highway."

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February 07, 2008

Bon Jovi To Launch Cancer Benefit Concert Series

Bon Jovi, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Wilson and Andrea Bocelli, among others, will perform in various New York City venues throughout 2008 as part of the inaugural Stand Up For A Cure concert series, designed to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

In the week leading up to the U.S. leg of its Lost Highway world tour, Bon Jovi will launch the series with a sold-out concert on Feb. 12 at the 3,500-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The intimate show will be dedicated to Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora's father, Adam Sambora, who received care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering before passing last year from cancer.
"Cancer is relentless; you can't stop it," Sambora tells Billboard.com. "Hopefully this money will help find answers."

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January 25, 2008

Richie Sambora Interviews And Supporting Act Announcements

Richie Sambora Interviews And Supporting Act Announcements

The radio interviews and opening act announcements, from Australia's Triple M 104.9, are now featured in the media player on BonJovi.com.

Go there today to listen to the announcement of the supporting acts and the interviews with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora.

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January 19, 2008

Rehab brats 'giving rock a bad name'

RICHIE Sambora reckons the current crop of performers are giving rock a bad name. The Australian.jpg

Bon Jovi's lead guitarist, who co-wrote 1980s anthems Livin' on a Prayer, Bad Medicine and Wanted: Dead or Alive, says it took him 30 years to succumb to the "pitfalls" of stardom.

"I had a long time to have fun before it got to me," Sambora told The Weekend Australian in Melbourne yesterday ahead of tonight's concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, which will kick off the band's national tour. "It took me 30 years to get into rehab."

The guitarist, who along with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi also wrote You Give Love a Bad Name, said it was tougher for young performers, such as the troubled Britney Spears, as they did not have the support of bandmates.

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December 11, 2007

WOWOW ONLINE interview


Q:新作『LOST HIGHWAY』の半分はナッシュヴィル録音ですね。ナッシュヴィルを選んだ理由は?

うん、そうなんだ。前作『HAVE A NICE DAY』に収録した「Who’s to Say You Can’t Go Home」がヒットして、カントリー・フォーマットでも上手く行ったことに驚いた俺達はナッシュヴィル・サウンドを取り入れてみたんだ。新作の出来には満足してる。

Q:ジェニファー・ネトルスと録音した楽曲(「Who’s to Say You Can’t Go Home」)でグラミー賞「最優秀カントリー・コラボレーション部門」を受賞しましたが、カントリー部門での受賞に驚いている人もいました。それについてはどう思いますか?

俺達もグラミー受賞には驚いたぜ(笑)! あの曲が新作のきっかけになったと思うよ。でも、アルバムをよく聴いてみると、ヴァイオリンやバンジョーのパートを外せばいつものボン・ジョヴィ・サウンドと変わらないことが判る。誇りに思えるアルバムだね。

Q:新作『LOST HIGHWAY』は、日本の洋楽アルバム・チャートで1位を獲得し、ボン・ジョヴィはビートルズの記録を破り、首位獲得数最多の洋楽アーティストとなりました。これに関してはどう思いますか?







うん、そうなんだ。過去に何度もノミネートはされてきたけど、今回の初受賞にはマジで驚いたぜ! てっきり、またノミネートだけだと思ってたから(笑)。

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December 07, 2007

Sambora looking to put 2007 behind him

Richie Sambora sounds like he has been through the worst of his annus horriblus.
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Bon voyage

Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi are enjoying their trip to Canada -- the band's 'second home'

Bon Jovi have launched their latest world tour in Canada because the New Jersey rockers consider their neighbours to the north their second home.

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November 10, 2007

Richie rocks on

Richie Sambora has had a tough year, with the death of his father, divorce and the end of his relationship. But the Bon Jovi guitarist is back on the road, he says
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June 19, 2007

Bon Jovi Channels Turmoil in New CD

In what Sambora told the AP was one of his first sit-down interviews in two years, following the breakup with his wife, Heather Locklear, and his romance with her friend Denise Richards (the two have since split), he said the songs reflect the heartache.

"It's interesting, the changes I've gone through in my life. I think I've brought a lot of the dramatics here within the lyric in a bunch of different places - just from the stuff that's been going on with me. I think even the songs I didn't write with Jon, I think he used me as his muse."

Sambora said the band closed ranks around him during the recent death of his father, who died of lung cancer, to help him get through it.

"They were unbelievable. We're a tight group. Everybody goes through their own stuff, and everybody supports each other while they go through it no matter what it is."

During the interview, he was joined by drummer Tico Torres.

"It's all part of a relationship. You get through it, together," he said, looking over at Sambora. (A short time after the interview, Sambora entered a Los Angeles-area rehabilitation center for an undisclosed condition. The band has said he will be joining them this month for a scheduled performance.)

It's perhaps this relationship among band mates that is laid open in the song "A Whole Lot of Leaving," a song that clearly invites the country music influence onto the album.

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September 10, 2006

Fashion Rocks Benefit (video)

Upcoming Specials : First Look of Fashion Rocks (4:14)

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February 23, 2006

Bona fide Bon Jovi

Bona fide Bon Jovi Band points to its longevity, new CD as the real deal
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February 18, 2006

Good Lyrics and Strong Ballads Keep Bon Jovi on Top of Charts

theledger.com Good Lyrics and Strong Ballads Keep Bon Jovi on Top of Charts

Twenty years later, rockers still drawing sold-out crowds.

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From steel horses to honky-tonks

Bon Jovi hits a country crossroad

With more than 100 million records sold during a two-decade career, it's been proven time and again that the members of Bon Jovi know how to expand their audience.

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February 17, 2006

Out of the shadow

The spotlight shines on Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora after years playing guitar behind the band's famous leader.
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January 22, 2006

Bon Jovi!

The 1980's "hair-metal" band Bon Jovi performed in Buffalo's HSBC Arena Friday night. Fans of all ages, including children of the band's first fans, came to see the sold-out show.Guitarist Richie Sambora recalled an early gig in Buffalo."It was some ridiculous amount of snow, like 14 feet or something like that, and there was like 10 people in the club," Sambora said.

How times have changed.

The band released its latest album, "Have A Nice Day," in September, and has enjoyed success for 23 years. Now just at the beginning of this tour, they are headed for arenas in Europe, Japan, and Australia as well as the United States.

"If you want to have the staying power like we have for 20 years, you have to embrace the craft of song writing," Sambora said, "and you have to be a businessman, because it's tough to stay out there."

It was a huge night for Buffalo band Last Conservative, which opened for Bon Jovi.

Watch Robyn's story, including video from the show.

Click Here to See Richie Sambora's Complete Interview.

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