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Richie Sambora News: Bon Jovi Guitarist to Work on New Solo Project After Performing The Band’s Greatest Hits at Soundwave Australian Festival 2014

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(Photo : REUTERS) Richie Sambora to perform Bon Jovi's greatest hits

Despite leaving Bon Jovi to spend time with family, Richie Sambora still takes pride in the band’s songs, most of which he co-wrote. The guitarist will be taking the stage, playing the band’s most famous hit songs during an upcoming gig.

A source tells Radar Online that Sambora will be performing some Bon Jovi classics when he plays the Soundwave Australian Festival 2014.

“He’s a late addition to the lineup, but plans to unlatch a few co-written Bon Jovi classics while touring the country,” said the source. “Sambora is stepping into the front man role and has recruited Australian Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, better known as the Queen of Shred. There is a magical chemistry and a vibe that can’t go unnoticed while watching them jam together.”

“Fans can expect lots of jamming, improvisation and guitar interplay between Richie and Orianthi,” continued the source. “I think that’s what people wanna hear and trust me, Richie and Ori are gonna jam.”

Although Sambora previously showed interest in re-joining Bon Jovi “down the road,” the guitarist wants to continue working on some solo projects with the Queen of Shred.

“They are looking forward to writing together and have sincere mutual respect.”

Sambora told reporters during the taping of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which aired Dec. 11, that he predicts a time when he will return to Bon Jovi, however, he added, “There’s no plans” at the moment.

Aside from wanting to spend time with daughter Ava, Sambora admitted that he wanted to take a break from touring.

“I just needed a break, man. Thirty years on the road was enough for me!” said Sambora. “I really wanted to plug in with my kid, especially at this specific time in her life. You know, it’s a very, very transitional period. People don’t understand when you’re out there [on the road,] it’s 24/7. You lose a lot of life.”

The 54-year-old also said that it was a difference of “pace” between tours.

“I thought maybe we should have took more time between the last tour and this tour,” continued Sambora, adding that there was no “fight” between him and band frontman Jon Bon Jovi.

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