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Richie Sambora

Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer, and songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi. He and frontman Jon Bon Jovi form the primary songwriting unit of the band. He has also released three solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, Undiscovered Soul in 1998, and his third, Aftermath of the Lowdown was released in September 2012. Sambora was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Joan, a secretary, and Adam, a factory foreman. Sambora is of Polish and Italian descent and was raised Catholic. He grew up in Woodbridge, New Jersey and attended Woodbridge High School there, graduating in 1977. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From his early days Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 60s rock 'n' roll. His most important influences were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Joe Kmiecik, and George Harrison. He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a lifelong love of the Spanish guitar. Furthermore, he has stated that

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Richie Sambora Sues Ex You Extorted Me Over Fake Death Threats

Richie Sambora
Sues Ex You Extorted Me Over Fake Death Threats

Richie Sambora is striking back with a lawsuit against his ex Nikki Lund, who he alleges extorted him to the tune of more than $150k and then tried to frame him for allegedly making death… READ MORE >

Richie Sambora Off The Hook for Allegedly Threatening to Kill Ex-Girlfriend

Richie Sambora
Off The Hook for Alleged Threats Against Ex-Girlfriend

Richie Sambora's alleged death threats against his ex-girlfriend were really just a huge misunderstanding between the gf and a publicist -- so he will not be charged. Nikki Lund had claimed… READ MORE >

- 62 days ago
Richie Sambora -- I Never Threatened to Kill Ex-Girlfrriend ... I Just Pulled Out Of Her Biz

Richie Sambora
I Never Threatened to Kill Ex-GF ... I Just Pulled Out Of Her Biz

Richie Sambora had a heated phone call with his ex-gf Nikki Lund about their failing business deal -- but he never threatened to bury her in the desert ... according to Sambora's rep. … READ MORE >

- 95 days ago
Heather Locklear -- Now I'm Worried About MY Rolex!

Heather Locklear
Now I'm Worried About MY Rolex!

Heather Locklear is a little shaken over John Mayer's lawsuit ... claiming a big time watch dealer sold him counterfeit Rolexes ... because she got a Rolex from the same dude.Locklear's ex-hubby… READ MORE >

- 473 days ago
Cooper, Tyler, Hagar, Sambora -- Best Concert of 2014 ... So Far

Cooper, Tyler, Hagar, Sambora
Best Concert Of 2014 ... So Far

It sure beat watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin hijack New Year's Eve in Times Square  .. Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, the Doobie Brothers and Weird Al… READ MORE >

- 552 days ago
Richie Sambora -- I WILL Return to Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora
I WILL Return to Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora's hasty departure from Bon Jovi was only temporary ... so claims the guitar player himself, who tells us his shredding days with the band are hardly over.The 54-year old rock legend… READ MORE >

- 590 days ago
Richie Sambora -- Breeder's Cup BARRED ME from Playing Hardcore Guitar Riff

Richie Sambora
Breeder's Cup BARRED ME From Playing Hardcore Guitar Riff

Richie Sambora was NOT allowed to play a hardcore guitar riff during the Breeder's Cup because officials were afraid it would cause the horses to FREAK OUT ... and TMZ has the rendition that was… READ MORE >

- 609 days ago
Richie Sambora -- Livin' On a Prayer ... Of Reconciliation?

Richie Sambora
Livin' On a Prayer of ... Reconciliation?

Never Say Goodbye Bon Jovi fans ... Richie Sambora tells TMZ, his split from Jon and the rest of his band mates is NOT forever ... probably. As TMZ previously reported ... Sambora pulled out of… READ MORE >

- 738 days ago
Richie Sambora Bails on Bon Jovi -- Jon Treats Him Like Crap

Richie Sambora
Bails on Bon Jovi Jon Treats Him Like Crap

Richie Sambora is bailing on the Bon Jovi world tour because of "personal issues," but it has NOTHING to do with substance abuse ... it's all about a war that's exploded between Jon and Richie.… READ MORE >

- 825 days ago
Richie Sambora -- New Inductee to the TMZ American Hero Hall of Fame

Richie Sambora
How I Got Into The TMZ Heroes Hall of Fame

If you want to know how Richie Sambora achieved TMZ American Hero Hall of Fame status -- just ask Heather Locklear AND Denise Richards. Or ... just watch this story.Check out TMZ on TV -- click… READ MORE >

- 1397 days ago

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