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Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi Split, Celebrates ‘New Jersey’ Album 25th Anniversary


Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora
(Photo : REUTERS/Lucas Jackson ) Richie Sambora (L) and Jon Bon Jovi perform during the "12-12-12" benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy at Madison Square Garden in New York December 12, 2012.

On Wednesday, August 7, Jon Bon Jovi celebrated his 25th anniversary of his 1988 album “New Jersey” on a radio show, In The Studio. Unfortunately, Richie Sambora didn’t accompany Bon Jovi in the celebration due to their split.

According to Anti Music, Bon Jovi has been a breakout success since 1988, selling nine million copies of their “Slippery When Wet” album. Bon Jovi’s energetic touring, good looks, and catchy songs has paid off.

The band’s fourth album, “New Jersey,” included five Top 10 singles such as “Lay Your Hands On Me,” Born to be My Baby,” Blood on Blood,” “I’ll Be there For You,” and “Bad Medicine.”

“What I didn’t get out of that experience was the pure pleasure of it. And a lot of that had to do with a lot of good people trying to get me to do a job, but not having the foresight to see that these kids were going to get exhausted and burned out, and not enjoy it,” said Bon Jovi to InTheStudio host Redbeard.

The 51-year-old songwriter and frontman attributes to his upbringing in 1960s blue-collar New Jersey.

“I was born in an era when that was just instilled in you,” said Bon Jovi according to Times Dispatch. “I was born in the Kennedy era to two working-class parents who believed in Camelot. And that’s a blessing. Being born in 1962, being told that we’re going to go to the moon; my parents just looked at me and said, ‘You can go to the moon.’ And I believed it.”

Unfortunately, ever since the Richie Sambora/Bon Jovi split, touring and appearances have not been the same. After Jon Bon Jovi suggested that Sambora might be having alcohol issues, the feud and trash talking began.

Sambora recently released a new song, “Come Back as Me,” and many fans thought the song was about Bon Jovi, however, Sambora declared otherwise. Sambora tweeted that his song is not about Bon Jovi.

“This songs gettin’ some traction, so I would sincerely appreciate any help. BTW this had nothin’ to do with Jon...” said Sambora.


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Aug 12, 2013 01:26 PM EDT