In a new interview with host Nile Rodgers on Apple Music 1’s Deep Hidden Meaning Radio, Richie Sambora reveals the reason behind him quitting BON JOVI.
He says his role in Bon Jovi was to “shut the f*ck up.”
Here’s what he said:
“We had the most heavily armed recreational vehicle. Our bus driver used to be a green beret. We had AK-47s, and pistol. … He says, ‘Hey boss, you feel like shooting some up?’”
“We’re painting our faces, mowing down cactuses and we weren’t hurting anybody or anything. … That’s the kind of thing when you’re on tour when you’re young like that. There was times like that where the camaraderie was very, very deep.”
When the interviewer pointed out that many people assumed Bon Jovi himself did “all the singing,” Sambora said:
“And all the writing. … That was part of my deal, to shut the f*ck up. If I had a coffee place, the sign would say, ‘Have a hot steaming cup of shut the f*ck up?’ That would be my coffee place. And you know what? Guess what? I did it. And it worked out because that’s what he needed, for whatever reason.”