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|Richie Sambora on New Solo Album: 'I Could Make the Music the Way I Wanted'
When Richie Sambora told Rolling Stone, "I've been a busy boy," he was not exaggerating. The Bon Jovi guitarist has been hard at work on his first solo album in 14 years, set for release this summer, and has returned to the studio with the New Jersey rockers who made him famous. In addition, he's continuing his award-winning philanthropic efforts; he was honored in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for his work with the nonprofit Midnight Mission, where he caught up with Rolling Stone backstage to chat about his many new projects.
"We're in the studio and it sounds great," Sambora said of Bon Jovi. "Jon [Bon Jovi] and I were writing. I'd fly to New York and we came up with a lot of great tracks and we started laying down basics a couple of weeks back. That will be out sometime in early 2013."
Before its release, Sambora will concentrate on his own, self-titled album, and he believes it will surprise fans quite a bit. "I think people look at Richie Sambora and they put me in the Bon Jovi box, but that's not what this record is," he said. "I think they don't see me as a singer, and I was the lead singer in every band I was in before Bon Jovi. I hope I get to change people's minds on this record. That's what I'm gonna try to do."
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