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Richie Sambora says he would reunite with Bon Jovi for Rock Hall induction

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Richie Sambora says that he would play with Bon Jovi if the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The New Jersey rockers, who have been passed over every year since 2008, are currently leading the official fan vote -- which just might finally ensure their induction this year.

Ultimate Classic Rock posted the transcript of a TMZ clip in which Sambora talks about the band's possibility of finally getting in the Hall in which he said, "I hope so, we’ll see what happens. Ultimately, I think we were gonna get in there anyway, but I wasn’t holding my breath for it. You never know. When you get in, you get in. If you ever dug the band, vote for us. Please vote for us."

Sambora went on to tell DJ Eddie Trunk, that if inducted he would absolutely play with Bon Jovi: "Of course. Of course, man. Hey, look, at the end of the day, the great thing is that we made a lot of people happy, we put a lot of asses in the seats, we sold a lot of records and wrote some great songs that made a lot of people happy. So I guess if I do get in, I'll feel like it's maybe deserved or something like that. That's the way I look at it. We were out there playing for 30-some-odd years and made a lot of people happy, so maybe that's a deserved thing."

He went on to reveal to Billboard that he would have no problem strapping on the guitar with the band again: "Sure. Of course, why not? There’s not a lot of malice there, you know. I mean, there’s just -- it was just time for me to leave at that point. So yeah, of course. . .  I wish the guys well. They're going out with their new music, and I think that they're wishing me well, too.”

When asked what he thinks Bon Jovi would play at the ceremony, should they be voted in, Sambora said, "'Livin' On A Prayer' would have to be one. 'Prayer' is a song that has lived through the ages. It's one of those songs that means more today than when we wrote it. When you're a songwriter and you hit that note when everybody relates to it, and it becomes a part of humanity, for God's sake. . . And you know, 'Wanted Dead Or Alive,' obviously. With the Rock Hall, you have to almost sum up your life in three songs or so. That's a really tough thing to do, something that the band would decide on.”

Richie Sambora and guitarist girlfriend Orianthi's have just released their first joint EP under their band moniker, RSO. The set, called Rise, features the single "Masterpiece," along with four other tracks recorded at the couple's home studio.

When pressed about rejoining Bon Jovi, Sambora who last played with the band on April 2nd, 2013 at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome, said, "You never know. It depends on a lot of stuff. Not like we're talking about it. This thing just happened. Obviously, I think we'd do well. You know what I mean? But honestly, I'm really on to (RSO's) song now. The car's been ready to run. “

Jon Bon Jovi recently explained that at this point, there's nothing but understanding regarding Richie Sambora's need to quit the road: "There was no falling out, there was none of that nonsense in the Google machine that said 'money' or 'fighting'. . . He didn't show up to work one day, and subsequently didn't show up 82 other times on the tour. I got the message (laughter). But, everybody understands because it's grueling. It's a very difficult life when you're a single parent; y'know, there's a lot of things that came into play -- so I understand, but it doesn't mean that I can't continue to make art or that Tico (Torres) or Dave (Bryant) should suffer for it.”

Back in 2013, Richie Sambora went AWOL from Bon Jovi’s world tour after only 21 dates. When we last caught up with Sambora, we asked him if there was anything going on between him and the Bon Jovi camp these days: “Not really, y’know? There’s just nothing happening at this point. Y’know, being in a band for 30 years, there’s a specific frame. I mean, the last tour was, like, 19-and-a-half months, 52 countries and 16 months before that. . . I mean, there are only two bands in the history of rock n’ roll that had back to back big tours back and forth; Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi. You miss a lot of life when you’re out there for so long. And my daughter needed me and I needed her and I didn’t have anything to contribute after 30 years at that particular point. I’m not saying it’s not gonna happen ever.”

Side Notes:

Out now is Bon Jovi's live version of their latest chart-topping album, This House Is Not For Sale. This House Is Not For Sale - Live From The London Palladium was recorded at the London Palladium on October 10th, 2016.

The track-listing to Bon Jovi's This House Is Not For Sale - Live From The London Palladium is: "This House is Not For Sale," "Living With The Ghost," "Knockout," "Labor Of Love," "Born Again Tomorrow," "Rollercoaster," "New Years Day," "Devil's In The Temple," "Scars On This Guitar," "God Bless This Mess," "Reunion," "Real Love," "All Hail The King," "We Don't Run," and "Come On Up To Our House.”

Fast Facts:

Bon Jovi's latest studio album, This House Is Not For Sale, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart. 

This House Is Not For Sale followed Bon Jovi's 2015 contract fulfilling set, Burning Bridges, which was dubbed a "fan record" as it primarily contained previously unreleased and long unfinished songs.

Although the album stalled at Number 13 on the Billboard 200 album charts, it went on to peak at Number Three on the magazine's Top Rock Albums chart.

Check it out: Bon Jovi in concert on February 19, 2017 at Scottrade Center

Bon Jovi - February 19, 2017

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Live at Scottrade Center on February 19, 2017

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