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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 1124 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 >

- 1696 days ago
Richie Sambora -- Out of Rehab, Joining the Tour

Richie Sambora
Out of Rehab, Joining the Tour

Richie Sambora is out of rehab and has just landed in New York City, but he's not staying long -- he's rejoining the Bon Jovi tour. Sambora told our photog at JFK he was feeling good -- which was… READ MORE >

- 1791 days ago
Bon Jovi -- The Show Must Go On

Bon Jovi -- The Show Must Go On

TMZ has learned, Bon Jovi's upcoming concert tour will go on, despite the fact that Richie Sambora will be entering rehab.According to a rep for the band, Richie "will be absent from upcoming… READ MORE >

- 1830 days ago
Richie Sambora Will Go to Rehab -- Again

Richie Sambora Will Go to Rehab -- Again

Richie Sambora will be checking into rehab, sources confirm with TMZ.We're told Richie has fallen off the wagon, and Richie made the decision yesterday to enter rehab.  We're told he has not… READ MORE >

- 1830 days ago
Heather Locklear -- Dumping Sambora All Over Again

Heather Locklear -- Dumping Sambora All Over Again

Heather Locklear is finally erasing the last trace of her 12-year marriage to Richie Sambora ... his last name.Heather -- who filed for divorce in 2006 -- filed documents on Friday in L.A. County… READ MORE >

- 2045 days ago
Richie vs. Rock vs. Jovi: Who'd You Rather?

Richie vs. Rock vs. Jovi
Who'd You Rather?

Rock divos Richie Sambora, 50, Kid Rock, 39, and Jon Bon Jovi, 48, showed up to the same event in Detroit the other day.Question is ...  READ MORE >

- 2226 days ago
Whose Rockin' Bod?

Whose Rockin' Bod?

Can you guess which rocker busted out their tummy rug while sunning in Maui this week? READ MORE >

- 2264 days ago
Richie Sambora -- Like Buttah!

Richie Sambora -- Like Buttah!

Here's rehabbed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in his Babwa weave at an event in Hollywood on Monday (left) -- and Mike Myers as "SNL" persona Linda Richman (right).Talk amongst… READ MORE >

- 2356 days ago

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