Today, it was announced that American rock icon Richie Sambora will be inducted into the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside the other founding members of multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning band Bon Jovi. This year’s ceremony is set to rock Cleveland on Saturday, April 14th.
“It’s certainly an honor to be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I am thinking about all of my heroes and my peers that have been inducted before me – it’s great to be in that queue,” says Sambora. “It is the best feeling. I also want to say how much I love my fans and thank them for helping us get here.”
Sambora recently teamed up with Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi (who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, ZZ Top and was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band) to form RSO. The collaboration sees Sambora and Orianthijoining forces as a duo for a genre-spanning musical project encompassing elements of rock, blues, pop, R&B and country. RSO’s new EPs Rise and Making History both deliver catchy melodies and uplifting lyrics that are meant to bring people together, empower them, and make them feel good. The pair will also release a moving song in the spirit of the holiday season this Friday titled “One Night of Peace.” The harmonious blend of Sambora and Orianthi’svoices and guitars are front and center, putting a fresh spin on male-female duets. RSO displays the combustible chemistry theyhave both onstage and off.