Richie Sambora http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/378/all en Orianthi and Richie Sambora Visit Norman's Rare Guitars — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-and-richie-sambora-visit-normans-rare-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Orianthi and former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora recently visited <a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/california-man-interview-with-norman-harris-of-normans-rare-guitars.html">Norman's Rare Guitars on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, California.</a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>In the end, Orianthi returned to the 1971 Strat that caught her eye early on. Or maybe that's just how the video was edited!</p> <p>If nothing else, this candid video answers the question, "What riffs does Orianthi play when she picks up a guitar in a guitar shop?" </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PBwsV4qlbsM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-and-richie-sambora-visit-normans-rare-guitars-video#comments Orianthi Richie Sambora Videos News Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:42:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23827 at http://www.guitarworld.com NAMM 2015: The She Rocks Awards Honors Women in Music http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-namm-2015%20she-rocks-awards-rocks-honors-women-in-music <!--paging_filter--><p>A who's who of music industry execs, celebrities, luminaries and supporters of women in music, gathered on Fri., Jan. 23 in the Anaheim Hilton hotel’s Pacific Ballroom to celebrate the 2015 She Rocks Awards, an event paying tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry. </p> <p>Named one of <em>Billboard</em> magazine's "7 must-see events at NAMM," the sold-out She Rocks Awards were held by parent organization the Women's International Music Network (the WiMN), and were co-hosted by WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist, solo artist and 2013 She Rocks Awards winner Orianthi. </p> <p>Honorees included Music Inc. editor, Katie Kailus; Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar, Amani Duncan; multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; Grammy Award nominated sax player, Mindi Abair; legendary band The Bangles; Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO for Berklee College of Music’s award-winning online continuing education program, Berklee Online, Debbie Cavalier; Vice President of iconic Capitol Studios, Paula Salvatore; Avedis Zildjian CEO, Craigie Zildjian; Beacock Music Co-Owner, Gayle Beacock; and owner of Robo Records, Rob Christie, the first-ever male to receive a She Rocks Awards.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Mindi%20Abair%20Orianthi%20Photo%20by%20Kevin%20Graft.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="Mindi Abair Orianthi Photo by Kevin Graft.jpg" /></p> <p>“The 2015 She Rocks Awards brought together hundreds of powerful men and women in the music industry who filled the venue with a level of energy and excitement unlike any other She Rocks Awards we’ve held in the past. To know that this many people support our mission of advancing women in the music industry is extremely uplifting and reassuring. We set the bar high this year,” said WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Colbie%20Caillat%20photo%20by%20Kevin%20Graft.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="Colbie Caillat photo by Kevin Graft.jpg" /></p> <p>The event featured electrifying performances by Orianthi with a surprise cameo by Richie Sambora; Mindi Abair; The Bangles; Colbie Caillat; SHEL; and the house band comprised of Zepparella members Gretchen Menn on guitar, Angeline Saris on bass, Clementine on drums, and guest keyboardist Jenna Paone.<br /> Highlights of the event include a stellar performance of Mindi Abair’s song “Kick Ass” with Orianthi stepping in for the guitar duties. A moving speech by Craigie Zildjian reflected on the company’s 400-year past and her role as the first female CEO in its history. And a grand finale closing performance of The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian,” as current and past award winners joined the rock icons on stage with Cleopatra-like poses. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/The%20Bangles%20at%20the%20She%20Rocks%20Awards%20photo%20by%20Getty%20Images%20for%20NAMM%202.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="The Bangles at the She Rocks Awards photo by Getty Images for NAMM 2.jpg" /></p> <p>The She Rocks Awards was sponsored by The Gretsch Company, Guitar Center, Seymour Duncan, The Avedis Zildjian Company, Martin Guitar, Weber Mandolins, Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Casio, PRS Guitars, Yamaha, Berklee Online, Roland, Kind, LAWIM, <em>International Musician, Making Music Magazine</em>, 95.5 KLOS, OC Weekly, as well as NewBay Media, and their publications <em>Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician</em> and <em>Keyboard Magazine</em>.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.thewimn.com">www.thewimn.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-namm-2015%20she-rocks-awards-rocks-honors-women-in-music#comments Acoustic Nation Amani Duncan Beacock Music Berklee Capitol Studios Colbie Caillat Gretchen Menn Martin Guitar Mindi Abair Music Inc NAMM 2015 News Orianthi Richie Sambora SHEL The Bangles Zepparella Zildjian Blogs News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:00:32 +0000 Acoustic Nation 23378 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Sambora Performs “Happy Xmas/War Is Over” with Orianthi and Children’s Choir http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-performs-happy-xmas-war-is-over-with-orianthi-and-childrens-shoir <!--paging_filter--><p>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.” </p> <p>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. </p> <p>The performance aired on Hallmark Channel’s <em>Home &amp; Family</em> yesterday. </p> <p>Richie initially chose this song to sing during his scheduled performance at The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. The children came over to Richie’s house to have lunch and rehearse. Sitting together on the floor of Richie’s living room, he spoke to them about the important meaning of the lyrics. </p> <p>Moved by how beautiful the children sounded, Richie knew this performance would be special. After waiting all day for the relentless rain to let up, the Parade was forced to cancel all of the music performances. Of course there was much disappointment amongst the children, but Richie promised them that they would have the opportunity to perform it together. </p> <p>The Hallmark Channel proved to be the perfect home for the performance yesterday, and the children finally got the chance to sing the song that they had been working so hard on:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OdArXdxvEg4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>You can also watch the duo’s interview on <em>Home &amp; Family</em>:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Pb9Lgpxz4kU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>In addition to Richie’s appearance on <em>Home &amp; Family</em>, he will also be appearing on The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade as he accepts the first-ever “Stars Give Back” Award, recognizing him for his outstanding service to the community at large and for his ongoing support of the Parade. The Parade premieres December 10th on the Hallmark Channel and then airs on 375 stations nationwide later in December. (Check your local listings.) Also throughout December, tune intoPublic Television to watch Richie’s Front &amp; Center special honoring his friend and mentor Les Paul, filmed at The Iridium in NYC. For local listings, please visit <a href="http://www.richiesambora.com">richiesambora.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-performs-happy-xmas-war-is-over-with-orianthi-and-childrens-shoir#comments Acoustic Nation News Orianthi Richie Sambora Videos Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:25:09 +0000 Acoustic Nation 23070 at http://www.guitarworld.com Orianthi and Richie Sambora “Livin’ on a Prayer” Acoustic –– Video Finds http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-orianthi-and-richie-sambora-livin-on-prayer-acoustic-video-finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s the duo of Orianthi and Richie Sambora performing an acoustic rendition of the Bon Jovi classic, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”</p> <p>The acoustic guitars give the song a laid back vibe, while Orianthi and Sambora trade lead vocals. </p> <p>The two also deliver some fine acoustic lead work. </p> <p>“Livin’ on a Prayer” was the second single from Bon Jovi’s 1986 album, <em>Slippery When Wet</em>. The single became the band’s second consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit. </p> <p>Having toured together this summer, Sambora and Orianthi are reportedly working on a collaborative album. </p> <p>You can find out more about Orianthi at <a href="http://www.orianthi.artistintersect.com">www.orianthi.artistintersect.com</a>.</p> <p>For more on Richie Sambora, visit <a href="http://richiesambora.com">www.richiesambora.com</a>.</p> <p>Enjoy “Livin’ on a Prayer” right here, and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sTQyDm7-USA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-orianthi-and-richie-sambora-livin-on-prayer-acoustic-video-finds#comments Acoustic Nation Orianthi Richie Sambora Blogs Videos Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:58:10 +0000 Acoustic Nation 22420 at http://www.guitarworld.com ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos: Guitarists and Rockers Get Moist for Charity http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video <!--paging_filter--><p>What if there were one place where you could tune in to see ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos by your favorite rockers, guitarists and manufacturers of your favorite gear?</p> <p>Dream no more!</p> <p>Because there are new Ice Bucket Challenge videos being posted every day, we've decided to make one file out of them, updating it daily — or at least whenever something applicable or interesting comes along.</p> <p>Right off the bat, below, you'll find videos by Homer Simpson (who was, of course, a member of the Be Sharps), Robert Plant, Steel Panther, Orianthi, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss and the Alice Cooper Band, Tommy Emmanuel, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Corey Taylor, Eddie Vedder, Brian May, Dave Davies (full Kinks reunion in 2015, please!), Geddy Lee of Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, dudes from Carvin Guitars, Paul Reed Smith, Seymour Duncan and, well, the list goes on. Hopefully!</p> <p><strong>For more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (and to donate whatever you can afford), visit <a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">alsa.org</a>.</strong></p> <p>Let the videos begin! If you know of Ice Bucket Challenge videos by other artists, let us know about them in the comments below or on Facebook! 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Sambora Pays Tribute to Les Paul at the Iridium http://www.guitarworld.com/gig-review-richie-sambora-pays-tribute-les-paul-iridium <!--paging_filter--><p>Back in the late Eighties, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora was considered to be one of the true guitar heroes of the day. While less flashy than, say, Jake E. Lee or George Lynch, Sambo was generally acknowledged to be one of rock’s most tasteful and melodic players.</p> <p>However, as time went on and Bon Jovi became more of a pop band, his role changed. He became less of a spotlighted soloist and more of a talented colorist, adding just the right notes and textures to the band’s radio-ready songs. While his skill was still undeniable, there was clearly less opportunity for him to solo and strut his stuff. </p> <p>A series of impressive solo albums, including the underrated 2012 <em>Aftermath of the Lowdown</em>, attempted to remedy the situation. But last night’s (July 22) warmup performance at New York City's Iridium—which was filmed for a PBS <em>Front and Center</em> special that will air this fall—was guitarist’s real bid to show he still has the chops to be considered one of the greats. </p> <p>The show started on a dramatic note, with Sambora crooning Leon Russell’s intimate “Song For You,” but soon heated up with a huge riff rocker titled “Burn the Candle Down.” With his hat cocked over one eye and wearing a shirt proclaiming that he was just a “Working Class Hero,” the New Jersey rocker traded lightning-fast licks with talented co-guitarist Orianthi for an ending that brought the audience to its feet. </p> <p>While the show was meant to be mark the late Les Paul’s birthday, who was something of a mentor to Sambora, the 90-minute concert was equally a tribute his other classic rock influences: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter, to name a few. Playing several beautiful Les Pauls, including a white one Paul personally present to the guitarist, through a custom-made Freidman combo amp, Richie summoned the gigantic tones of the Seventies as he performed songs primarily from his solo albums, with a few Bon Jovi classics sprinkled in for good measure. </p> <p>Highlights included an arena-sized version of “Stranger in This Town” and a thundering “Seven Years Gone,” featuring exciting fretwork from 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 ass of the frontman, who clearly enjoyed being challenged. </p> <p>It is rumored that the two guitarists are working on an album together. If it comes to pass, it should be a corker. At one point in the show, Sambora said, “Les Paul is the reason we all have jobs.” I’m sure somewhere Les is smiling and saying in that gruff voice of his, “Hey, Sambora—job well done.”</p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gig-review-richie-sambora-pays-tribute-les-paul-iridium#comments Brad Tolinski Iridium Orianthi Review Richie Sambora Blogs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:41:07 +0000 Brad Tolinski 21916 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Sambora Honors Les Paul with Three Special Live Shows at New York's Iridium http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-honors-les-paul-three-special-live-shows-new-yorks-iridium <!--paging_filter--><p>While in Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora saw a million faces and rocked them all. </p> <p>But nothing will quite compare to three very intimate live performances he has planned to mark the anniversary of the birth of the great Les Paul, who would’ve turned 99 this past June 9. </p> <p>On July 22 and 23, Sambora will take the stage at <A href="http://theiridium.com/">New York City’s 170-seat Iridium</a>, the famed jazz club where Paul performed weekly for 12 years until his passing in 2009, for a set that will include selections from his solo albums, as well as songs from the Bon Jovi catalog and, of course, a few favorites made famous by Paul. </p> <p>“Les was my good friend, and he was genius,” Sambora says. “When I play the Iridium, I know he’ll be on my shoulder and I’m gonna do my best to make him proud. This show is not about me—this is my tribute to him and that’s how I’m gonna frame it. It’s pretty intense, man. I just hope I don’t get too emotional!”</p> <p>The concerts, which will be taped and aired this fall on Public Television’s <em>Front and Center</em>, will feature the guitarist’s current touring band, including Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi Panagaris, who graced the cover of the April 2013 cover of <em>Guitar World</em>.</p> <p>“The way I met Orianthi was pure happenstance,” Sambora says. “I was in Maui last year, and Alice Cooper invited me play a benefit on New Year’s Eve. Ori was playing in his band at the time and we started jamming. The chemistry was immediate and combustible. We tore the place apart. </p> <p>“When I decided to do some solo shows this year, my second guitarist had to bow out, and I immediately thought of Ori. She was available and Alice gave it his blessing, and we’ve been touring, writing and working together ever since. Even though she is younger than I am, we’re both influenced by a lot of the same music, and our styles just mesh.”</p> <p>As for Bon Jovi, Sambora is focusing on his own music for the moment and is working on a batch of new songs for an album that will hopefully be released later this year. </p> <p>“I’m having a great time. I get to be an artist again. The framework I was in made it hard for me to go back to my roots and do what I was meant to do—really play the guitar. People think it’s risky to go out on my own, but the real risk is not doing it: the risk of regret, the risk of not expressing myself.”</p> <p>And what will the man be playing as he tips his hat to Les Paul at the Iridium this Tuesday and Wednesday? </p> <p>“Ha! Les Pauls, of course,” he laughs. “I’m lucky enough to have some real nice ones, including an unbelievable white one Les gave me himself.”</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-honors-les-paul-three-special-live-shows-new-yorks-iridium#comments Iridium Richie Sambora Interviews News Features Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:58:52 +0000 Brad Tolinski 21856 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Sambora and Stevie Wonder Perform “Silent Night” During 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-and-stevie-wonder-perform-silent-night-during-82nd-annual-hollywood-christmas-parade <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>One of Los Angeles’ biggest and longest-running Christmas traditions, The Hollywood Christmas Parade took over Tinsel Town on December 1st as the stars came out to celebrate the holiday season. Richie was joined by an incredible line-up of performers, including the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, Leann Rimes, William Shatner, Billy Ray Cyrus and more, in addition to Wonder. </p> <p>Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the grand marshal and the evening was hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams. Many notable names also made an appearance including Valerie Harper, Susan Lucci, Wayne Brady, Marie Osmond, Larry King, Joe Mantegna with the cast of <em>Criminal Minds</em>, and stars of <em>The Young and the Restless</em>. The Parade will be broadcasted as a two-hour primetime special on the Hallmark Channel on December 11th and will air again on the Hallmark Movie Channel on December 20th and 24th. The parade will also broadcast by more than 350 stations around the country on December 20th from 8-10pm and will air to more than 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.</p> <p>Richie’s appearance at the Hollywood Christmas Parade rounds out a year that has once again seen Richie continuously contributing his talents to important causes that resonate deeply with him. He gave inspiring performances during Vice President Al Gore's ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ (a live-stream event exploring the cost of carbon pollution), Dream Foundation’s 12th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala (a wish-granting organization that serves those battling life-threatening illnesses), and the grand opening of Step Up On Vine (a supportive housing project in Hollywood that fight chronic homelessness, made possible by The Clinton Global Initiative in partnership with The Kobe &amp; Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.)</p> <p>Richie Sambora performs "Dead or Alive" for The Dream Foundation.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xhCAo1j5pOA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>On 9/11, Richie released a heartfelt tribute song, co-written with the illustrious Bernie Taupin, called “Engine 19” to honor the hard work and dedication of the brave men and women of the Fire Department, and all of the first responders around the country. </p> <p>Check out "Engine 19" here.<br /> <iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G3UlacWXwGQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Earlier this year Sambora also took part in CBS.com’s music performance series <em>Tip Cup</em> to help support MusiCares, which provides assistance to music people in times of need. </p> <p>Sambora recently released his latest solo album <em>Aftermath of the Lowdown</em>. You can watch Richie’s new video for song “Come Back As Me” here.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c61YNPaFC2I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>More at <a href="http://www.richiesambora.com">www.richiesambora.com</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-and-stevie-wonder-perform-silent-night-during-82nd-annual-hollywood-christmas-parade#comments Acoustic Nation News Richie Sambora Stevie Wonder Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:20:47 +0000 Acoustic Nation 19889 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Sambora Posts Fan-Created Music Video for "Come Back As Me" http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-posts-fan-created-music-video-come-back-me <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-defiant-new-song-come-back-me">As we've reported</a>, Richie Sambora released a defiant new song called "Come Back As Me" in July.</p> <p>When it was released at the time, the song didn't have a video to accompany it. </p> <p>Since that time, however, one of Sambora's fans has created a video — and Sambora loved it enough to post it on his own YouTube page. You can check out the fan-created video below.</p> <p>“What do you want me to say, I gave you everything I could give. But everything just wasn't enough, so I just let live and live,” sings Sambora on the track.</p> <p>We don't know if the song is the precursor to an upcoming solo album; there's still very little information available at this point — but we'll keep you updated!</p> <p>For more about Sambora, check out his <a href="http://richiesambora.com/">official website</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c61YNPaFC2I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-sambora-posts-fan-created-music-video-come-back-me#comments Richie Sambora News Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:07:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19642 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Sambora Set for Closing Performance Today for Vice President Al Gore's ‘24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon’ http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-set-closing-performance-today-vice-president-al-gores-24-hours-reality-cost-carbon <!--paging_filter--><p>Richie Sambora will perform today October 23rd to close out <a href="http://www.24hoursofreality.org">24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon,</a> a live-stream, multimedia event exploring how carbon pollution is costing individuals, communities and governments all over the world. </p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.24hoursofreality.org">www.24hoursofreality.org</a> at 2pm ET/11am PT to catch Richie’s live acoustic performance.</p> <p>'The 24 Hours of Reality' broadcast is hosted by The Climate Reality Project which is chaired by Vice President Al Gore. Millions of viewers have watched this year’s installment since it kicked off yesterday October 22nd at 2pm ET. The event has been punctuated by inspiring performances by an international list of incredible musicians lending their talent to the cause of climate change, including guitarist of famous Latin rock band Maná, multi-platinum South African rock band The Parlotones, actress and playright Danai Gurira and celebrated American folk-rock artist Jack Johnson.</p> <p>More info about Richie Sambora is available at <a href="http://www.richiesambora.com">www.richiesambora.com</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-richie-sambora-set-closing-performance-today-vice-president-al-gores-24-hours-reality-cost-carbon#comments acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation News Richie Sambora Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:52:37 +0000 Acoustic Nation 19545 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Richie Sambora Premieres New Song, "Engine 19," Dedicated to Victims and Heroes of 9/11 http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-new-song-engine-19-dedicated-victims-and-heroes-911 <!--paging_filter--><p>Longtime (and former?) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has released a new song, "Engine 19." </p> <p>The track, which was released today, the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, is a tribute to the families of the victims and heroes of 9/11.</p> <p>The track was written by Sambora and Bernie Taupin. Check it out below!</p> <p>This is the second new solo track to be released by Sambora this summer. Back in July, he released "Come Back As Me," which you can hear <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-defiant-new-song-come-back-me">HERE.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="400" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G3UlacWXwGQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-new-song-engine-19-dedicated-victims-and-heroes-911#comments Richie Sambora News Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:14:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19216 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Richie Sambora Premieres Defiant New Song, "Come Back As Me" http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-defiant-new-song-come-back-me <!--paging_filter--><p>Richie Sambora has posted a new song, "Come Back as Me," which you can check out via the YouTube player below.</p> <p>The song, which the longtime Bon Jovi guitarist unveiled Sunday, July 28, features a pounding rhythm and some nice guitar work. </p> <p>“What do you want me to say, I gave you everything I could give. But everything just wasn't enough, so I just let live and live,” sings Sambora.</p> <p>As <em><a href="http://www.app.com/article/20130729/NJENT01/307290104/Richie-Sambora-defiant-new-Come-Back-Me-">Asbury Park Press</a></em> music writer Chris Jordan points out, Sambora was conspicuously not with his Bon Jovi bandmates at the band's July 25 and 27 homecoming dates at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. </p> <p>We don't know if the song is the precursor to an upcoming solo album; there's actually very little information available at this point — but we'll keep you updated!</p> <p>For more about Sambora, check out his <a href="http://richiesambora.com/">official website</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5lmYXmUtxes" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bon-jovi">Bon Jovi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-richie-sambora-premieres-defiant-new-song-come-back-me#comments Bon Jovi Richie Sambora News Features Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:48:56 +0000 Melanie Gottshall 18927 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dear Guitar Hero: Richie Sambora http://www.guitarworld.com/dear_guitar_hero_richie_sambora <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>He’s the longtime lead guitarist of Bon Jovi and has a collection of 135 guitars. But what <em>Guitar World</em> readers really want to know is…</strong></p> <p><strong>I loved Bon Jovi’s country-flavored hit single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” [<em>from 2005’s</em> Have a Nice Day] and was wondering if the band would ever consider doing a full album of country songs. —Lori Lennon</strong></p> <p>A full country album? No, I don’t think so. But as those words leave my mouth, I should add that the one thing I’ve learned in this business is to never say “never.” Hey, the Rolling Stones have had a country vibe in a lot of their songs, but somehow they always manage to sound like the Stones. So if we ever did something again that fit into the country genre, I’d want to make sure we were being true to ourselves. There might be a song or two down the line, but I don’t think we’d ever do a full country album—we’re a rock band.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You have an incredible guitar collection. With so many to choose from, how do you decide which guitar to play on any given song? —The Tank</strong></p> <p>Well, Tank, when you’ve got 135 guitars, it can be a problem. When we tour, I don’t bring a lot of my expensive, vintage guitars out with me, ’cause I’m afraid they’ll get stolen. Leave a 1959 sunburst Les Paul in a hotel room? I don’t think so! [<em>laughs</em>] Basically, I have my ESP Richie Sambora signature model, which is very versatile soundwise. I have a bunch of those. Then I have some Strats, a few Teles, some Les Pauls and Les Paul Juniors. My general attitude is, “whatever fits the song.” The vintage stuff I’ll use in the studio, but there’s certain pieces I’ll never take on tour. Why take the risk?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I really like the solo you do in the new song “Bullet” [<em>from Bon Jovi’s 2009 album,</em> The Circle]. What kind of wah-wah pedal do you use on it? Did you try recording a version without the wah? —Steven Koles</strong></p> <p>I’m glad you liked that one. I used a regular Dunlop Cry Baby wah, right out of the store. I think I did try a pass without it, but it didn’t sound quite right. I put the wah-wah on to give it a bit of a sonic lift, some added dimension. Generally, I try not to go too crazy with effects, especially a wah, which can sound kind of redundant if you’re relying on it all the time. Use effects sparingly, I say, the same way a chef uses spices.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What do you think of Jon Bon Jovi’s skills on the guitar? Is he just a simple strummer, or is he capable of busting out a mind-blowing solo? —Kenny Griffen</strong></p> <p>Jon’s been getting better on the guitar. Over the past couple of years, he’s really been working on his technique. He never really played any leads until the last tour, and now he’s at the point where the two of us are even doing a couple of dual-lead solos onstage. He’s always been a terrific rhythm guitar player—very underrated, too, if you ask me.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>On your first solo album, <em>Stranger in This Town</em>, Eric Clapton played on the song “Mr. Bluesman.” Did you feel at all intimidated to work with him? —Hannah Smith</strong></p> <p>No, I wasn’t afraid at all. I’ve been fortunate to play with a few of my heroes, and Eric is one of them. He’s a very gracious man, very humble, and he never tries to be intimidating. When I was cutting that song, he was playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, so I went to him so he could record his part. He came down to the studio and blew out a great solo. Afterward, we went to the show together. It turned out to be a great day and evening.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>On the song “Superman Tonight,” you do a very cool melodic solo. How many passes does it usually take for you to nail a solo? Do you plot them out, or do you tend to go in and wing ’em? —Michael Tyburski</strong></p> <p>A little of both. When I plot them out, I just try to get a general framework of how they should go. Otherwise, they tend to sound stale and clinical. Usually I walk in with a basic idea in my head of what the song needs. On that particular cut, I was thinking of a slinky kind of George Harrison–type lead. It didn’t take long to lay down. I had a melody in mind, I did a few passes, and it was done. Sometimes I get lucky and I’ll be a one-take guy; other times, I have to build solos, particularly if they’re long or if I’m trying to find a specific kind of tone. All solos are different, though. They all lead you down new path.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I love both of your solo albums. Any plans for another one, and if so, what can we expect? —Rudra Patel</strong></p> <p>Right now, I’m a little booked up. [<em>laughs</em>] This Bon Jovi tour is going to last 18 months, so my dance card is filled for the time being. I have written a few new songs, though, and I’ve actually recorded a couple of them. I worked with the production group called the Matrix—they’ve produced everybody from Korn to Avril Lavigne. There’s kind of a new sound I’m starting to explore, but it’s going to take a while for me to see things through as a new album, since I’m on the road till August 2011.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I know you’re a big Jimi Hendrix fan. Any chance you would ever do an Experience Hendrix Tour? I’d love to see you tear it up with people like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. —Al Russo</strong></p> <p>A tour like that sounds great, but I think I’d be more inclined to do my own thing than hop on something where I only get to play a few numbers. But if you can find it, pick up a copy of the soundtrack to [<em>the 1990 film</em>] <em>The Adventures of Ford Fairlane</em>. I did a version of Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” with Tony Levin on bass and [<em>Bon Jovi drummer</em>] Tico [<em>Torres</em>]. It’s also on the special edition of <em>Stranger in This Town</em>, which is unavailable. You can probably catch it on YouTube, though.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You and Jon have been songwriting partners for a lot of years. What happens when the two of you disagree on a song? Does he automatically win the argument because he’s the leader of the band? —Rebecca Reilly</strong></p> <p>To be honest with you, we rarely have disagreements. I think we’ve known each other for so long that we kind of know what the other guy is going to like. Songwriting is a give-and-take process, and it can lead to some good, healthy debates. Sometimes it’s necessary to push each other out of the comfort zone a little bit. But I would never try to force Jon to record or perform a song he really didn’t like. He’s gotta sing it, but more than that, he’s gotta feel it. And you can bet your bottom dollar that if he isn’t feeling it, the 80,000 people in the stadium sure aren’t gonna feel it either. Jon and I have written something like 400 songs together. If I love a tune and he doesn’t, I’ll save it for one of my records. Simple as that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I saw a picture of you from back in the day, and in it, you’re playing a triple-neck Ovation acoustic. Why in the world would you need a guitar like that, and where can I get one? —Johnny “Hands” McQueen</strong></p> <p>Well, there’s only two of them in existence. I used to have both of them, but I traded one for…for something. Wow, I can’t remember what I traded it for! As for why I had a guitar like that in the first place, I used to do a solo acoustic interlude onstage before “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and I asked the people at Ovation to build me a special model with a mandolin neck. So you’ve got the mandolin neck up top, the 12-string neck in the middle and the six-string neck on the bottom. Actually, [<em>Led Zeppelin’s</em>] John Paul Jones used to have a guitar with the same neck configuration. I copied him.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>If you could take only one guitar on tour, what would it be? —Earl Ashton</strong></p> <p>I’d have to say my own model, my ESP Richie Sambora model. As I said before, it’s very versatile when it comes to the sounds it can deliver. Plus, it’s extremely comfortable to play— the balance is perfect, and it’s nice and light. And it looks awesome. If I really had to go onstage to play a whole show with just one guitar, I wouldn’t have to think too hard about it. As it is right now, I do play most of the set with that guitar. So there you go.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Les Paul was a great friend of yours. When you think back to the times you two spent together, what’s your fondest memory of him? —David Dameo</strong></p> <p>There are a lot of great memories. Most of all, I treasured our conversations, whether they were at my house, his place or in hotel rooms. The friendship we had was very special. I could write a book with the incredible stories he told me. Of course, jamming with him was unbelievable. I played with him at the Iridium [<em>the Manhattan jazz club where Paul performed every Monday night beginning in 1995</em>] and before that at Fat Tuesday’s [<em>a famed New York City nightclub that closed in 1995</em>]. I played with Les many times, and every time meant something. He was an amazing guy. He was a legend, and he lived long enough to realize he was a legend. What more can you say?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bon-jovi">Bon Jovi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear_guitar_hero_richie_sambora#comments Richie Sambora Interviews Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:14:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff 3519 at http://www.guitarworld.com