With huge bands like Guns and Roses reuniting, it’s hard not to see pop rock gods Bon Jovi being one of those bands.
They were darlings of the late 80s/90s pop rock scene. While the music was, maybe, a little over-dramatic—and the band’s look back then is now incredibly dated—to this day, Bon Jovi remains a guilty pleasure that will remain on classic rock radio and Spotify playlists forever.
Bon Jovi was set up in the traditional rock god way: iconic lead singer, and of course, the guitar hero sidekick. Bon Jovi had Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Guns N’ Roses has Axl and Slash, Aerosmith has Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Rolling Stones has Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and Led Zeppelin had Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Somehow those other pairings have managed to keep on performing together, so, what about Sambora rejoining Bon Jovi at some point?
According to Billboard, this isn’t anywhere near close to happening. And…Bon Jovi is set to release the band’s first post-Richie Sambora studio album later this year (in September).
Details of why Sambora left the band in 2013 are still sketchy. Sambora has made statements since his departure about how tough life on the road was for him, but Jon Bon Jovi has claimed that he hasn’t spoken with Sambora since he departed, and that Sambora simply stopped showing up.
Jon Bon Jovi said: “I haven’t seen him in over three years. He just didn’t show up for work anymore. And that’s the truth of the matter. And, you know, life goes on.”
It’s only been a couple years since Sambora left, so fans can hold onto hope, and they would certainly pay big bucks to see the legendary pairing together again, but for now, that’s just not in the picture.
Saying that though, if Axl Rose and Slash have been able to rekindle the Guns N’ Roses partnership following years of hostility, then surely anything is possible, right?
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