Last night, Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora took to the podium and stage at the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame. It was slightly strange that the most commercially successful band being inducted was also the first band at the podium. That being said, the band had perhaps the biggest, and funniest MC of the night, Howard Stern, as the person to induct the band.
Stern made the following comment when he realized he would be participating: . “I gotta go to fucking Cleveland,” Stern explained when news of his participation broke. “I said, ‘I’m gonna go, but I have to go to bed early.'” Typical Stern.
With a lot of the bands that are inducted in Cleveland, there is always the issue of ‘will he or she turn up for the induction, or, will that certain person even be invited. Well that was certainly not the case when it came to Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
As soon as the Class of 2018 was announced, Sambora stated that he would be there. “It’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — it’ll be a joyous occasion,” Sambora said: “I was there for 31 years and we sold 150 million records or something, and we put a lot of asses in seats in stadiums around the world and made a lot of people happy. I did so many different jobs in that band, so, yeah, I’m showing up for that. Everybody should have a smile on their face and a smile in their hearts and it should be a celebration of what we did.”
As for Jon Bon Jovi, he was totally up for it and was quick to explain that the reason for Sambora leaving the band was completely blown out of proportion. “He was my right hand for a long time,” Jon said: “So there was never ill will, just like I told everybody. [He] just didn’t show up anymore. We went on, but he was there for three decades and he should be there to celebrate the moment. So he’ll be invited to join the rest of the band in all of the festivities.”
During Bon Jovi’s 2013 North American tour, the band announced to the press that Sambora would be missing from the band because of “personal issues.” And rumors spread quickly that Sambora was in fact, fired because he was drinking heavily again. But Jon was quick to explain that it was in fact, Sambora’s decision to leave, and that he could return whenever he wanted.
The band moved on without him and Sambora eventually revealed that he had left the band to spend more time with his daughter. During this time Jon repeatedly told press that there were no hard feelings between them.
The 2018 induction ceremony will be broadcast in the states on May 5 at 8PM ET on HBO.