| LiveDaily Interview: Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is a numbers guy. Ask him how his band's European tour is faring and he'll recite figures like a booking agent.
"It's unbelievable, unbelievable," Sambora said via telephone on his way to Bristol, England. "It's all stadiums out here and everything's sold out like crazy. They're big gigs: 60,000 in Manchester, 72,000 in Munich. I'm on my way to Bristol right now, which is going to be about 43,000 this evening. I couldn't have wrote the book better. We're the No. 1 tour in the world this year."
For that fact alone, Sambora and the rest of Bon Jovi--frontman Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan and drummer Tico Torres--have reason to be confident. Also fueling the band's latest round of success is the hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which was dubbed the first No. 1 country record by a rock band; and "Lost Highway, the group's 10th studio album, which went to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart. It was the first time Bon Jovi hit the top spot since "New Jersey" in 1988.
Sambora spoke to LiveDaily about the European tour, writing new material and Bon Jovi's hands-on work ethic.
Congratulations on being named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Yeah, unfortunately, we weren't able to be there. We had 55,000 people in Copenhagen, so we couldn't ignore them. [Laughs] We pushed it to next year, so they're going to give it to us next year.
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