By Brian Ives
JBJ called out Sambora, as well as Tico Torres and David Bryan, when he passed the challenge along.
Sambora, Bryan and Torres are all original members of Bon Jovi, but Sambora has been estranged from the band since parting ways in April of 2013.
At an April 2, 2013, concert in Calgary, fans were informed by an announcement over the venue’s PA system that Sambora wouldn’t be with the band that night, and maybe for a long time. Jon Bon Jovi reportedly said, “I had two choices – pack up and go home or give you everything I got. Richie Sambora won’t be performing for a while. If there’s ever a night I need you, it’s tonight, Calgary.”
Session guitarist Phil X, who also filled in for Sambora when he missed a string of shows in 2011 for a rehab stint, has been performing with the band ever since. The band have yet to release an album without Sambora.
Bon Jovi’s video was posted on Aug. 16, and while Sambora didn’t respond within the 24 hours, per the challenge’s usual rule, he did respond yesterday (Aug. 20), but didn’t mention Bon Jovi in his video. He passed the challenge on to guitar goddess (and his rumored girlfriend) Orianthi “and all my friends and fans.”
No word on whether or not any Bon Jovi members will extend the challenge to the other founding member of the band, bassist Alec John Such, who was dismissed by the band in 1994.