Richie Sambora plays with Bon Jovi for the first time in five years

Richie Sambora has revealed that he has already played with Bon Jovi ahead of their induction in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The guitarist recently reunited with his old band for rehearsals for the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. It marks the first time Sambora has shared a stage with Bon Jovi since he dramatically quit in 2013.

“We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn't awkward,” the guitarist tells Billboard magazine. “The chemistry came back very quickly; it’s matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you’re on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall ceremony] is just another cycle – and it’s a good one, so here we go.”

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14. As well as Sambora, it will also feature original bassist Alec Jon Such, who left the band in 1993.

Bon Jovi have been eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame since 2008, and this was their second nomination. They reportedly received more public votes than any other nominee.

“You don’t go out and make music for the awards,” Sambora tells Billboard. “You make music for the fans – that’s the truth. And this award is all about them, because without them, there would be no Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There would be no music business. Think about it: you put a concert on, and if the fans didn't show up, there ain’t no concert.”

Despite the Hall Of Fame reconciliation, Sambora has no plans for a long term reunion with his former band. He releases a new collaborative album, Radio Free America, with his guitarist girlfriend Orianthi in May.

“I was thinking about the concept of Radio Free Europe during WWII,” says Sambora. “Radio Free Europe brought a lot of the news to troops and people who were on the verge of defecting. They were getting music and they were getting news. I was thinking about how all that rolls around, and the fact that, in America, we have the freedom to choose what kind of music we want to play.

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.