Richie Sambora at Bon Jovi Reunion: ‘We talk a little’

Richie Sambora admitted there have been talks about his potential return to Bon Jovi.

The guitarist kept things short as he walked the red carpet at The Music Industry Trust Awards in London. Asked by UK outlet Subway about a hypothetical reunion with his former band at Glastonbury Festival in 2023, Sambora replied: “It’s a possibility. We’ll talk a little bit.” The guitarist reportedly had a “cheeky smile on his face” as he made the remark.

While the brief statement offered very little detail or context, it is notable that Sambora admitted that he had been in contact with the Bon Jovi camp.

The guitarist abruptly left the band in 2013, a decision he made to spend more time with his then-teenage daughter, Ava.

“It was by no means a popular decision, of course, but there really was almost no choice about it,” Sambora recalled in 2020. “I’m really glad I did. It’s definitely worked for our family. [Ex-wife] Heather [Locklear] is doing very, very well now and Ava is doing phenomenal.”

Although Sambora’s relationship with Jon Bon Jovi was only strained after his departure, the two are reportedly on good terms these days. In 2018, the guitarist joined his former bandmates on stage during Bon Jovi’s introduction to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. At the time, Sambora suggested he could “never say never” for a full review. Two years later, he noticed that “it would be a special situation for me to go back, but I certainly don’t expect it. I have no malice towards that band.”

Whether a headline set at Glastonbury counts as a “special situation” remains to be seen. The famous event is one of the biggest and most famous music festivals in the world. Paul McCartneythat Cure, ZZ Top, Engine head and WHO are among the classic acts to have played Glastonbury in the last decade. Bon Jovi has never performed at the festival.

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