RICHIE SAMBORA And ORIANTHI Hit The Studio; New Album In The Works
February 2, 2015, 6 years ago
Photos posted on both ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora's and former Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi's official Facebook pages indicate the duo is currently in the studio working together. The photo above was captioned by Orianthi simply as "Recording new album." No details are available as yet. Stay tuned for updates as the new album develops.
Sambora and Orianthi toured together in Europe during the summer of 2014. In an interview with the UK's Rock Radio NI, Orianthi talked about Sambora's skills, confirms that they have over 30 songs written and agrees with the description "Fleetwood Mac on steroids". She also talks about Alice Cooper and her pride at being asked to perform at Kennedy Centre tribute to Carlos Santana in December 2013.
An excerpt follows:
Q: You’ve been on tour now with Richie for a few months, how did you feel stepping in to play Bon Jovi tracks in front of what can be a fiercely loyal fan base.
A: "Yeah, I’m just doing my thing you know. I always just do that. You know I used to play Bon Jovi songs when I was in a covers band. It’s just great to get up there with an amazing musician, singer and performer like Richie. He does he own versions that are completely different from what it was like. He takes on a new life - he's more blues based. He just sings and plays his arse off every night. It’s awesome to be up there and inspiring because I’m up there because he’s on fire. When you watch like Stevie Ray get up live at El Mocambo and he plays and he’s got that fire. We could jam until the cows come home."
Q: There’s lot of videos of you both now on YouTube and you just seem to be having so much fun with it all.
A: "Yeah, definitely. I think there’s like a 12 or 13 minute version of "Voodoo Child". We could just jam for about 30 minutes. It’s just so much fun. That’s what is missing in music these days, that freedom. I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Carlos Santana and watching Woodstock. Watching those festivals where you didn’t have time to play 20 songs, everything like "Stairway To Heaven" went on forever, so orchestrators got big guitar parts soloed and everything. It’s more interesting. Music should get back to that."
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