When Bon Jovi takes to the stage to be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the New Jersey rockers will welcome departed band members Alec John Such and Richie Sambora, reuniting the band’s original lineup for the first time in years.
Such — who was Bon Jovi’s original bass player — left the band in 1994, while guitarist Sambora departed in 2013. Both, however, will be joining frontman Jon Bon Jovi, will drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan to perform at the ceremony.
During a conference call promoting Bon Jovi’s ongoing tour, Torres confirmed speaking with former band mate Such.
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“But speaking to Alec on the phone, it was wonderful,” said Torres (as reported by Billboard). “We took that journey together at certain times as a group, and I think it’s wonderful we can re-enact that — not only for us, but for the fans. I think when you get together with old friends, there’s always going to be some deep emotions within that.”
Bryan told reporters that the reunited band will play “a couple songs” at the ceremony, predicting the performance will be “pretty cool. We’re really looking forward to that.”
As Billboard reminds, this will be the first time that Such has performed with Bon Jovi since a one-off appearance in 2001, and will be Sambora’s first time playing with the band since his 2013 departure.
Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Howard Stern, who has jokingly griped on his radio show about having to travel to Cleveland for the ceremony on Apr. 14.
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During a January appearance on “The Howard Stern Show”, Jon Bon Jovi revealed the “Private Parts” star was his first choice to induct the band in to the hall of fame.
“The truth is, I had hoped this day was going to come and … initially you think about these big rock stars and the truth is I only had one choice,” he told Stern. “Our careers have paralleled in a lot of ways — whether it was the ups or the downs — we’ve come through everything together and we do this at this point because we love the people we work with … and the truth is nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard.”
Responded Stern: “I am so honoured that you asked me. I am thrilled to do it.”
Check out Bon Jovi discussing the band’s upcoming induction during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, which airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global.