BON JOVI Guitarist RICHIE SAMBORA - "If We Wrote Our 17th Version Of 'You Give Love A Bad Name' We'd Be Over, And Rightfully So"

December 26, 2008, 10 years ago

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Joe Bosso at MusicRadar.com recently spoke with BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora for a podcast interview. Following is an excerpt from the introduction. Go to this location for the podcast.

Since he hooked up with John Francis Bongiovi, Jr in 1983, Sambora hasn't been afraid to put in a full day's work, whether it's getting his fingers dirty on the neck of his guitar or burying his head in his hands and trying to conjure up the right title, lyrics or vibe to a catalog of songs that have become increasingly introspective but, surprisingly, more popular than ever.

"It's funny," the guitarist laughs. "We used to be lumped in with the '80s hair metal bands - the whole fantasy thing - but the songs of ours that have really resonated with people are the ones they can relate to on a day-to-day level. Songs about doubt, about those times that you hope for wisdom. Face it: if we wrote our 17th version of 'You Give Love A Bad Name', we'd be over, and rightfully so."


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