Pearl Jam has done it before. So has Journey. And now it’s Bon Jovi’s turn to use the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as a platform for a long overdue reunion with original band members.
The band has confirmed that on April 14, they are set to play "a couple of songs" at the induction ceremony which is set to take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
That means Jon Bon Jovi, drummer Tico Torres, and keyboardist David Bryan will be joined by Alec John Such and Richie Sambora on the day of the ceremony. John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013, which means it’ll mark the first time in 25 years where all five members of the original line-up played together.
Speaking to Billboard, drummer Torres said: “[S]peaking to Alec on the phone, it was wonderful. 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.”
Torres and Bryan are currently touring with Bon Jovi on the “This House Is Not For Sale Tour” in support of the 2016 album of the same name. They’ve been releasing a few new songs to accompany the tour, including “When We Were Us”, which Bryan says was inspired by the Hall of Fame induction. Watch the band perform the song on The Late Show below:
In December, Jon Bon Jovi responded to the news of their induction and said half-jokingly that the band was: “really pleased, obviously, relieved, humbled.”
The Hall of Fame raised a few eyebrows this year as they overlooked the likes of Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest, Eurythmics, MC5 and LL Cool J. When asked about this, Bon Jovi said: “I feel like everybody who was nominated should get in.”
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