Since his abrupt departure from Bon Jovi before their Calgary concert in April, speculation has been rife about the nature of Richie Sambora’s departure and his future with the rock band.
At the time, the band released a statement saying that he would not be performing due to “personal reasons”. One theory was of a feud between the lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi and the guitarist. Another was that he had entered rehab again for alcohol issues. In a recent interview with the Evening Standard, Bon Jovi hinted that the latter issue seemed to be the cause.
Whatever the truth, it appears that Sambora is ready to get back on stage and join his “brothers” again and what better place to do that than at London’s Hyde Park. Sambora spoke to MailOnline about the situation.
“I would love to be in London for the Hyde Park Bon Jovi show on the July 5th… Let’s see what happens.”
Seeming to dispel the rumours of alcohol abuse related departure and confirming the Bon Jovi feud theory, he added, “I love my fans, I have no personal problems. I am a happy man!… I don’t have any major problems in my life right now… My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back”. He did add, in a possible peace offering, “Enough with the trash talking!”
It has also emerged that work on Sambora’s fashion company might have caused tension with some bandmates questioning his priorities as he works towards a worldwide launch of a new fashion line, NikkiRich Clothing. On 23rd May, Sambora tweeted ‘Just to be clear, I’ve been running the fashion company for 5 Yrs. It does not take me away from the band, I’m an artist first. Always will be.’
While Sambora has expressed his desire to return, nothing has been confirmed and it is not known whether a conversation has even been started with the band. Sambora tweeted on 25th May urging caution and that a reunion may be a long way off still: “Hey everybody, there’s nothing I can say right now cause nothing is resolved. I thank you all for your loyalty and concern…”