Guitarist Richie Sambora rejoined Bon Jovi on stage last night at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, marking his first performance with the band since 2013. Also appearing with the group was bassist Alec John Such, who hadn’t played with Bon Jovi since a one-off performance in 2001. They performed several crowd favorites, including “Livin’ On A Prayer”, ”You Give Love A Bad Name” and “It’s My Life”.
Radio personality Howard Stern inducted Bon Jovi with a profanity-laced speech during which he joked that Jon Bon Jovi single-handedly “destroyed the ozone layer in the 1980s with hairspray.”
“I’m very proud to be inducted with these guys,” said Sambora during his acceptance speech. “If I wrote a book, it would be [called] ‘The Best Time I Ever Had’.”
“I’ve been writing this speech many days, in many ways — some days, it’s the thank you speech, some days the fuck you speech,” Jon Bon Jovi said. “It’s about time — that has been the theme of my weekend. I thank my lucky stars for the time I got to spend with each of you,” he said, looking at his bandmates. “Tonight the band that agreed to do me a favor stands before you so I can make this reality a dream.”