Richie Sambora
Musician, songwriter
Richie Sambora
Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer, and songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the rock band, Bon Jovi. He and frontman Jon Bon Jovi form the primary songwriting unit of the band. He has also released two solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, and Undiscovered Soul in 1998.
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Jill Kargman Climbs a "Stairway to Cabaret" at the Café Carlyle
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Not sure whether or not Jill Kargman would riff on the Led Zepplin classic "Stairway to Heaven," I had to admit, the comedienne, creator of Bravo's Odd Mom Out, and author of Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave brought something different to the Café Carlyle. The set list, for example, featured only eight songs. Kargman is gifted at stand up, weaving songs and stories together into a funny, entertaining evening, spoken from the perspective of an East Side mom at odds with the prevailing ethos. Tales of a Southern nanny named Sue, a Bulgarian make up artist, and a trip to Disneyworld gave new meaning to Jon Bon Jovi/ Richie Sambora's "Wanted Dead or Alive," the Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, John McCurry hit "Poison," and Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee's "Girls, Girls, Girls." Eschewing cabaret convention, Kargman did away with a ceremonial introduction to her band: musical director Marco Paguia on piano under the direction of Trip Cullman, flying by their mention. And, there was no enco ...
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How A MySpace Message Led This Guitarist To A Dream Gig With Michael Jackson
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Bon Jovi Opens Up About Split With Richie Sambora, His Inspiration Ahead of New Album
ABC News - 4 months
Sambora left the group unexpectedly in 2013.
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Bon Jovi Opens Up About Split With Richie Sambora, His Inspiration Ahead of New Album
ABC News - 5 months
Sambora left the group unexpectedly in 2013.
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Bon Jovi ready with first album since split
Yahoo News - 7 months
Bon Jovi, one of the top-selling rock bands of all time, on Friday announced a new album -- the first in the group's three-decade history without guitarist Richie Sambora. "This House is Not for Sale," the 14th studio album from the New Jersey rockers, will come out on October 21 with the band releasing the first single Friday. The album is the first since the seemingly amicable departure in 2013 of lead guitarist Sambora, a fixture in the group along with frontman and namesake Jon Bon Jovi.
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Bea Miller, Ciara, Lady Antebellum to Perform on “TODAY” Show
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
This past December, Bea Miller made her debut appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” Show. She performed as part of the monthly Elvis Duran “Artist to Watch” segment. Later this month, Miller will return to the morning talk show. Per NBC, the “Young Blood” and “Fire N Gold” singer will be a musical guest on the May 12 edition of “TODAY.” The young singer-songwriter, who will be releasing her debut album “Not an Apology” and touring with Fifth Harmony this summer, is one of several newly confirmed “TODAY” performers. Other upcoming musical guests include Ciara (5/5), The Willis Clan (5/5), Avery Wilson (5/8), A Thousand Horses (5/11), David Duchovny (5/12) and Lady Antebellum (5/13). NBC’s complete “TODAY” listings follow: Monday, May 4 (7-9 a.m.) Melissa Rivers discusses her book, The Book of Joan. Savannah Guthrie’s Mother’s Day trip to Australia. The Voice on Today. #MakeYourTODAY: Mother’s Day. Elizabeth Banks on Pitch Perfect 2. (9-10 a.m.) Brad Garrett on his book, When the ...
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Richie Sambora and 'still hot' ex Heather Locklear vacation with daughter
Fox News - almost 2 years
Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear may have split 10 years ago under less than ideal circumstances, but today the couple are on good enough terms to vacation together with 17-year-old daughter Ava.
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Richie Sambora denies threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend
Fox News - almost 2 years
Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is angrily denies reports that he threatened his ex-girlfriend and ex-business partner Nikki Lund in a heated phone call last month.
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Report: Richie Sambora investigated for allegedly threatening to kill former girlfriend Nikki Lund
Fox News - almost 2 years
Count this as another example of why you shouldn’t mix business and pleasure.
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Lady Gaga Throws 'artRave,' Takes Off In Flying Dress
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons hosted a big party in Brooklyn on Sunday night. The "artRave," which celebrated the release of Gaga's album, "ARTPOP," featured the debut of a number of Koons sculptures, including the gigantic image that's featured on the singer's album cover. Madeon, DJ White Shadow and Lady Starlight DJ'd throughout the event as happy crowds were ferried in from Manhattan. At around 12:45 a.m., long after fans began complaining loudly that the singer had yet to appear, Gaga made her entrance in needlessly chaotic fashion. Clad in the art equivalent of swimming pool floaties and a mask, the singer was carried from the rear of the crowd to the stage. The only problem? People were already packed in and waiting for the singer to appear on the stage, so her getting there caused a violent, flat-out risky near-stampede as camera men and security barreled through the crowd. Once Gaga took the stage, however, all was nearly forgotten. The singer worked through the new album ...
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On Buffett's 83rd Birthday, We're Celebrating 5 Of His Greatest Gifts To Humanity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Happy 83rd birthday, Warren Buffett! To celebrate this octogenarian’s big day, we’re taking a look back at 5 of the greatest contributions to society that this billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has made. We Giving His Wealth Away (And Getting Others To Do It Too!) Along with fellow philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett launched the Giving Pledge in 2010, which encourages the world’s richest people to commit at least half their wealth to charity while they’re still living, so that they can have more control over how their fortunes benefit people in need. The initiative currently has 114 signatories, including such noteworthy moguls as Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg and Richard and Joan Branson. Auctioning Cool Stuff Every year, Buffett auctions off a lunch date –- a high-ticket item that fetches serious dough and benefits the Glide Foundation, a nonprofit that helps the poor and homeless in San Francisco. This year, the winnin ...
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Video: Headlines at 8:30: Bon Jovi's guitarist Richie Sambora reportedly fired from band
CBS News - over 3 years
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Report: Richie Sambora fired from Bon Jovi tour over money issues
Fox News - over 3 years
It sounds like Richie Sambora is living on a prayer, and not much else, for the forseeable future.
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Heather Locklear, 51, Looks Skinny, Stunning in Sheer Dress
US Magazine - over 3 years
Fifty-one and still fit! Heather Locklear stepped out at TNT's 25th anniversary party on Wednesday, July 24, looking stunning and slim.  PHOTOS: Famous stars and daughters  Wearing a black crotchet top dress with studded heels, the Franklin & Bash actress looked amazing at the Beverly Hills fete.  PHOTOS: Rockstar romances  Just recently, the mom to Ava, 15, (her dad is Locklear's rocker ex, Richie Sambora), showed off her rocking bikini body while vacationing with friends. PHOTOS: Bikini babes What's her slim-down secret? "Weights!" the blonde beauty told Chelsea Handler in June. "Stupid, boring weights." This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Heather Locklear, 51, Looks Skinny, Stunning in Sheer Dress
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Heather Locklear Rocks a Bikini on Hawaiian Vacation
US Magazine - over 3 years
Having fun in Hawaii! Heather Locklear showed off her rocking bikini body while vacationing with some friends over the weekend.  PHOTOS: Famous stars and their daughters  Walking along the beach in a white skirt and a white bikini top by Vitamin A, the actress flashed a big smile while showing off her fit figure and toned ab muscles. The 51-year-old completed her easy-breezy beach look with a turquoise-colored necklace, sunglasses, and a fedora. PHOTOS: Rock star romances With her ex Richie Sambora, 53, and their 15-year-old daughter, Ava, on their own vacation in Europe, Locklear seemed to be enjoying the time with friends.  During a June appearance on Chelsea Lately, the star shared the "boring" way she stays fit. "Weights!" she said. "Stupid, boring weights." VIDEO: Heather Locklear returns to Melrose Place When host Chelsea Handler noted that Locklear always had a really good body, the blonde starlet responded, "Not really good … just kind of thin." This artic ...
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Richie Sambora exits tour over Jon Bon Jovi row? - Digital Spy
Google News - almost 4 years
Montreal Gazette Richie Sambora exits tour over Jon Bon Jovi row? Digital Spy Richie Sambora pulled out of Bon Jovi's tour because of an argument with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, a report has claimed. A message posted on the band's official website yesterday (April 3) confirmed that the 53-year-old guitarist has decided not to take part in ... Richie Sambora - Bon Jovi To Go On Tour Without Richie SamboraContactmusic.com Richie Sambora to miss part of Bon Jovi tour due to 'personal issues'Fox News Richie Sambora Bails on Bon Jovi -- Jon Treats Him Like CrapTMZ.com Reuters -Los Angeles Times -San Jose Mercury News all 98 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richie Sambora
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    Sambora announced in early 2015 that he is working on a new album in collaboration with fellow musician and girlfriend Orianthi.
    More Details Hide Details He composed television theme songs for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. He (along with Jon Bon Jovi) is part of the Ownership Group of the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League football team. Sambora is featured on the track "Baby Rock Remix" from LL Cool J's 2008 album Exit 13. He made a guest appearance on Bo Diddley's 1996 album A Man Amongst Men, playing guitar on tracks "Can I Walk You Home" and "Oops! Bo Diddley".
  • 2013
    Age 53
    In 2013 following his departure from Bon Jovi Sambora released the solo single "Come Back As Me".
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    Fourteen years after his previous solo album, Sambora announced via his Twitter page that recording of Aftermath of the Lowdown had been completed with hopes that the album would be released in July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Photographs were published of Sambora working in a recording studio. The new album was produced by Luke Ebbin, who produced Bon Jovi's Crush and Bounce albums. Aftermath of the Lowdown was released in September 2012. The album charted at #10 on the "Top Hard Rock Albums", #34 on the Top Independent Albums, #149 on The Billboard 200 and #35 on the UK Albums Chart. The track "Every Road Leads Home to You" was released as a single for the album and features a music video. The song is also featured as one of the bonus tracks on Bon Jovi's 2013 album What About Now. A special edition single, "I'll Always Walk Beside You'" featuring Alicia Keys was released as the second single of the album. All the profits from the sale of the special edition single goes to the ongoing recovery efforts of The Red Cross for the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. The track "Sugar Daddy" was released as a promo single and a music video was made for the song "Taking a Chance on the Wind".
  • 2011
    Age 51
    Sambora returned to join the band in June 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia, for the start of the European leg of the tour.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years, Sambora has been an ardent fundraiser for many charities, such as Dream Street, the Steve Young Forever Young Foundation and Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease charity. He has donated money privately to various cancer charities since the death of his father, including both hospitals where his father was treated, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and M D Anderson. Sambora's fundraising with the charity Stand Up For a Cure allowed for three mobile full service hospital units to be brought to the streets of New York, two of which were named after his parents, respectively.
    On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Sambora had made the decision to enter rehab again.
    More Details Hide Details Sambora was absent from the band for thirteen shows during the Bon Jovi Live tour, and Sambora's guitar and vocal duties were handled by well-known session musician Phillip "Phil X" Xenidis during those shows. This is Sambora's second stint in rehab and was announced just a week after he finished probation for drunk driving charges.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    On November 24, 2009, Sambora launched charitable effort You Can Go Home in his home town of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, which unveiled a street renamed Richie Sambora Way.
    More Details Hide Details He also donated funds to renovate part of his alma mater Woodbridge High School, which opened a new weight room, the Adam Sambora Fitness Center, dedicated to Sambora's father. Sambora has been known to use a wide variety of equipment throughout his career. He has an extensive guitar collection, featuring more than 120 instruments. In the 80s, Sambora mostly played Kramer, Jackson, Charvel and Hamer superstrats as well as modified and custom Les Paul models, such as his Rod Schoepfer model. In early-mid 1987, Kramer put out a Richie Sambora signature model with three humbuckers, pointy headstock, gold hardware, star-shaped fingerboard inlays and a Floyd Rose Original locking tremolo, which quit production in 1989. Today it has been reissued by MusicYo, and is named "Jersey Star", no longer carrying Sambora's actual name. His two most notable guitars from the 'Slippery When Wet' era were his Kramer Richie Sambora signature and a custom white Jackson with gold hardware and a Floyd Rose tremolo, HSS pickup configuration,reversed Strat-like headstock and a star on the body and headstock. This guitar is featured on the videos for 'Livin' on a Prayer' and 'You Give Love a Bad Name'. Another Kramer he used during this tour in 86/87 was the 'King Of Swing' guitar. This was a one off with orange flame maple top, three humbuckers, Floyd rose, gold hardware and pointy Kramer headstock.
    Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 48
    At his May 2008 arraignment, he pleaded no contest "to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher", was fined $390, placed on probation for three years, and was required to attend a driver's education course.
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    On March 26, 2008, Sambora was arrested for drunk driving in Laguna Beach, California.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, his ten-year-old daughter and her friend were both in his Hummer. He was pulled over at 10:52pm after an officer noticed his car "weaving on the road", but was "quiet and cooperative and didn't cause any problems".
  • 2007
    Age 47
    On June 7, 2007, it was announced that Sambora was entering an "undisclosed rehab facility in Los Angeles" for treatment related to alcoholism.
    More Details Hide Details Following his release, he told an interviewer, "I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together. I'm still in therapy and stuff like that, but it's good. I'm great. I feel fine." In the Bon Jovi documentary "When We Were Beautiful", Sambora talks candidly about his addiction to painkillers following a slip in his bathroom. He credited his bandmates and mother with helping him through the difficult time.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    In May 2004, Sambora was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Kean University where he attended the awards ceremony and gave a speech of acceptance.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Kean University as a freshman, but dropped out to pursue a career as a professional guitarist and session musician.
    In 2004, Sanctuary Records released a self-titled album which had been recorded in 1978 by Shark Frenzy, documenting Sambora's first recorded material.
    More Details Hide Details The mix tapes had been damaged in a flood and band member Bruce Foster had remastered them for release many years later. Sambora co-wrote several tracks and played guitar on Australian rock/pop artist Shannon Noll's third album Turn It Up. It was released in Australia in September 2007. To coincide with his solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown, Sambora and friends performed as the house band on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS for one week (December 3–7, 2012). Several guests sang along with the band over the week, including Craig Ferguson (singing Sugar Daddy), Denis Leary, Eddie Izzard and even Larry King sang the Late Late Show theme song.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    His guitar work featured on the track "Misery" on Pink's 2001 album Missundaztood with Steven Tyler.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    Also in 1999, Sambora played the guitar solo on the track "Why Don't You Love Me" on the album Tuesday's Child, by Canadian singer Amanda Marshall.
    More Details Hide Details Sambora also played on an album called Lessons from a band called Message. The album was recorded in the early 1980s. Sambora sang "Long Way Around" for the 1997 Steven Seagal action film Fire Down Below. The song, written by Seagal and David Pomeranz, appears in the final scene. In a 1998 interview Sambora said his version is in the film itself but a different person's performance of the song is included on the film's soundtrack album, despite Sambora's name appearing on the album credits. Sambora also recorded the song "One Last Goodbye" for movie The Banger Sisters, and covered Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" for the soundtrack of 1990 comedy The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
    In 1999, Sambora was a guest vocalist on the Stuart Smith album Stuart Smith's Heaven & Earth, performing a cover of Deep Purple song "When a Blind Man Cries".
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  • 1998
    Age 38
    In support of Undiscovered Soul, Sambora toured Japan, Australia and Europe in the summer of 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The band featured Richie Supa (guitar), Ron Wikso (drums), Kasim Sulton (bass), Tommy Mandel (keyboards), Everett Bradley (percussion; Japan only), Gioia Bruno (percussion; Australia only) and Crystal Taliefero (percussion; Europe only).
    Undiscovered Soul was Sambora's second solo album, released in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by Don Was. The album charted at #174 on The Billboard 200 and #24 on the UK Albums Chart. The lead single "Hard Times Come Easy" charted at #39 on the Mainstream rock chart and #37 in the UK, the second single "In It For Love" charted at #58 on the UK Singles Chart. The title track "Undiscovered Soul" and "Made in America" were also released as singles.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in Paris on December 17, 1994. Their daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, was born on October 4, 1997. Locklear filed for divorce in February 2006 citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on April 11, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Nine days later, on April 20, Sambora's father, Adam, died of lung cancer.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    He did a short US tour in support of the album, featuring Tony Levin (bass), Dave Amato (guitar), Crystal Taliefero (percussion) and Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres (drums) and Dave Bryan (keyboards). "Ballad of Youth" was released in the UK in summer 1991 and despite plugs from The Friday Rock Show on BBC Radio 1 the song barely skimmed the top 75.
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    Sambora's first solo album was 1991's Stranger in This Town, a blues-influenced album that was received well by many critics although commercially a relative flop, some say because the tone of the record was not appealing to Bon Jovi fans.
    More Details Hide Details The album charted at #36 on The Billboard 200 and #20 on the UK Albums Chart. The lead single, "Ballad Of Youth", reached a high of #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #59 in the UK. "One Light Burning" was released as the second single and the album titled track, "Stranger In This Town" as the third which charted at #38 on the Mainstream rock charts. Eric Clapton played the lead guitar on the promo single Mr Bluesman, backed by Sambora on acoustic guitars.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 23
    Shortly before joining Bon Jovi in 1983, he auditioned for KISS, to be Ace Frehley's replacement.
    More Details Hide Details Bon Jovi added Sambora to replace original lead guitarist Dave Sabo. Sambora had attended a live show of Bon Jovi, and after being impressed, approached Jon Bon Jovi and told him that he thought they should work together. They immediately hit it off as friends, and Sambora was invited to a rehearsal. By the time Jon arrived, the band was sounding better than ever and Sambora was hired on the spot. Sambora occasionally took over lead vocals on Bon Jovi songs, most notably "I'll Be There for You" and "These Days" when played live on the Bounce, Have a Nice Day and Lost Highway tours, while on The Circle Tour he performed "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "Homebound Train". He also performed his solo hit, "Stranger in This Town", during several live performances. One of the live performances of "Stranger in This Town", recorded during the Keep the Faith Tour, was released on Bon Jovi's CD single "Dry County" in 1994.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Age 10
    He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details From his early days Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 60s rock and roll. His most important influences were The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Joe Kmiecik, George Harrison, and B. B. King. He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a lifelong love of the Spanish guitar. Furthermore, he had stated that psychedelic soul singer Janis Joplin had a big influence on his musical style during her career in the late '60s and early '70s. Classical music directly inspired several of his songs, such as The Answer which was originally written on piano. He also plays many other instruments, such as drums, bass, saxophone, piano etc. The first time he performed on stage was at a Catholic Youth Organization dance when he was a teen.
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on July 11, 1959.
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