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30th November 2013

richie sambora

In an interview this month with The Today Show, Australia Richie admitted he is as surprised as anyone else that he didn't rejoin his band after the break between the first and second legs of the tour.

He says: "Honestly, I went out for the first leg of the tour, I had no idea this was going to happen."

There has been so much speculation over Richie's ongoing absence with gossip focusing on money issues, inter-band relationship tensions and JBJ's own position that Richie had relapsed with his addictions recovery.

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However, Richie has now been able to bring understanding back to a much more simple position; he missed his family when out on the road.

"I just started spending time with my kid, and my spirit wouldn't pull myself out the door. I just needed to be home," he said. "I thought maybe we should have took more time between the last tour and this tour," he added.

Richie confirmed he does anticipate rejoining his colleagues in Bon Jovi: "I think so, yeah, I'm pretty sure," he said. "I don't think it's going to be the end of the band or anything like that."

Despite not being on the tour Richie has been productive and successful with two solo releases, 'Come Back As Me' and 'Engine 19', over the summer.

So, is the storm over and will Richie be back with Bon Jovi? Let's hope so.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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