Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora Discusses Auditioning For Kiss In The 80s


Richie Sambora has talked about auditioning for Kiss before joining Bon Jovi.

Sambora spoke to Metal Express Radio about the audition, “I didn’t really know what I was doing back then and didn’t really want the gig,” continuing, “They wanted someone to replace Ace [Frehley] but I think they wanted someone who worshiped them. I liked their music but I wasn’t into them in a big way.”

The musician said of the experience, “I was more into [Led] Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Albert King and Johnny Winter and stuff like that which was totally different to Kiss so I wasn’t really that into the idea of joining the band. I just thought it`d be a good thing to go along and give it a go,” adding, “I didn’t feel like wearing any of their makeup, that`s for sure.”

Sambora went on to join Bon Jovi and is currently recording music as part of a duo with his girlfriend, Orianthi. Speaking of his new project, the musician said “We have two albums already recorded and we intend on staying out on the road for a while so people can understand that we are a viable entity,” Adding, “We have to go and visit everybody and play for everybody so really there is no time for me to consider a new solo record. All I`m concentrating on at the moment is working, recording and touring with Orianthi.”

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