Former Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Cambora says rehearsing with the band for their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a 'wonderful experience'.
In 2013 Sambora quit the band which initially cuased some friction between him and frontman, Jon Bon Jovi but they'll join on stage together at the induction ceremony on April 14 in Cleveland.
“It feels great to see everybody,” Sambora told Billboard. “We already rehearsed and it was wonderful, it wasn't awkward. The chemistry came back very quickly; it’s matrixed into our muscle memory at this point. If you’re on the road performing and touring for 30 years, [the Rock Hall] is just another cycle – and it’s a good one, so here we go.”
He said he didn't miss being part of the band but the memories are good.
“You don’t go out and make music for the awards. You make music for the fans -- that’s the truth. And this award is all about them, because without them, there would be no Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There would be no music business. Think about it: you put a concert on, and if the fans didn't show up, there ain’t no concert.”
“We’ve been nominated before [in 2011]. I had kind of put it out of mind, because we were looked over by the grand forefathers of the Hall of Fame until this year. But I figured that, you know, one day, I’d get in. Maybe I’d be dead, but I’d still get in. … I’ve tried not to get too excited about it for a long time, but I’m starting to get excited about it. I’m glad that I’m actually alive to get in there.”