Orianthi and former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora recently visited Norman's Rare Guitars on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, California. The pair—or shall we say couple—tried out a ton of prime guitars, including Fender Strats, Esquires and Custom Shop Teles. They also traded off on a Gibson Les Paul Jr. and a few vintage acoustics.
Featuring performances by multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat, rock icons The Bangles, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, guitarists Orianthi and Richie Sambora, the event celebrated women in music.
Richie Sambora is spreading the peaceful spirit of the holiday season with a moving rendition of the John Lennon classic “Happy Xmas/War Is Over.” Richie delivers blues-y vocals and trades guitar lines with Australian guitar powerhouse Orianthi, all backed by the sweet sound of the School of Rock LA children’s choir.
Here’s the duo of Orianthi and Richie Sambora performing an acoustic rendition of the Bon Jovi classic, “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The acoustic guitars give the song a laid back vibe, while Orianthi and Sambora trade lead vocals. The two also deliver some fine acoustic lead work. “Livin’ on a Prayer” was the second single from Bon Jovi’s 1986 album, Slippery When Wet. The single became the band’s second consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
Highlights included an arena-sized version of “Stranger in This Town” and a thundering “Seven Years Gone,” featuring exciting fretwork from both Sambora and Orianthi. While Ori gave Richie most of spotlight, she wasn’t shy when it was her turn to solo. Her incredible technique and more trebly, biting tone lit a fire under the frontman’s ass, who clearly enjoyed being challenged.
While in Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora saw a million faces and rocked them all. But nothing will quite compare to three very intimate live performances he has planned to mark the anniversary of the birth of Les Paul, who would’ve turned 99 this past June 9.
Rock icon Richie Sambora and music legend Stevie Wonder performed a surprise duet of “Silent Night” during last night’s 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Richie also performed a soulful rendition of “Lean on Me” and his hit song “Livin’ on a Prayer,” lending his powerful vocals to the evening’s festivities which benefitted the Marine Toys for Tots and saluted Disabled American Veterans.
Richie Sambora will perform today October 23rd to close out 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, a live-stream, multimedia event exploring how carbon pollution is costing individuals, communities and governments all over the world. Sambora, best known for his co-writes ("Living On A Prayer," "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Every Road Leads Home To You"), once again lends his vocals to fight a serious threat. Tune in to www.24hoursofreality.org at 2pm ET/11am PT to catch Richie’s live acoustic performance.