Rumors of a rift in the BON JOVI camp between frontman Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora have been floating around for a year or so. News to light today will only add fuel to the flames I think. Sounds like the upcoming Unplugged broadcast may not see all of the band at their best. Over to the press articles online today:
“Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora entered an undisclosed treatment facility on Wednesday, a rep for the band tells People exclusively. “Richie Sambora has entered an undisclosed treatment facility in Los Angeles,” the rep said in a statement. “He asks that you respect he and his family’s privacy at this time.” The specific nature of Sambora’s problem was not disclosed. It has been a difficult year for Sambora, 47. He and actress Denise Richards broke up several months ago after dating for about a year. In April, his divorce from Heather Locklear was finalized. And that same month, his father died of lung cancer. (Richards accompanied Sambora to the funeral as a show of support, though they had ended their relationship by that point.) “Richie has had a terrible year,” a close friend of the musician tells People. “I think this was a culmination of all these things and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself. He’d put off everything for so long taking care of everyone else it was just time to stop and deal with his issues.” It is not clear how Sambora’s treatment will affect his role in Bon Jovi. The band’s new album, Lost Highway, is due out June 19. The group is scheduled to play some tour dates this summer, beginning June 24 in London, but it is a relatively light schedule. A much larger tour is being planned for 2008. The band is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of MTV’s Unplugged, which was taped in New York on Tuesday. MTV was inspired to created the Unplugged series in part by Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi playing acoustic at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.”
New Sammy Hagar DVD ‘Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis’ Live DVD
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20, 2007, Sammy Hagar will spend two days in St. Louis rockin’ the town for the launch of his live DVD, “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis”. Hagar will be a special guest at the St. Louis Cardinals home game at Busch Stadium on the day of the release. The following night (June 20), Hagar will host a rockin’ red-carpet fiesta and DVD screening at the Pageant Night Club in St. Louis where fans will have the opportunity to view his newly released live DVD and enjoy a very special performance of SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS unplugged. The red-carpet event will have the trademark Cabo Wabo-style that Hagar is known for with Mariachi bands aplenty, tasty Mexican food and the Cabo Wabo tequila flowing. The performance will be simulcast to St.Louis’ KSHE radio and XM radio will broadcast the show the week of June 25 four separate times on its “Boneyard” program.
On “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis” SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS bring down the house on their sold-out tour in 2006 with songs from their new album, “Livin’ It Up!”, as well as some of Sammy’s famed solo work. Joined on stage for the second half of the show by legendary VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, the band rips through some of rock radio’s classic tunes.
There’s Only One Way to Rock
Rainy Day Women (#12/#35)
The Girl Gets Around
I’ll Fall in Love Again
I’ll Take You There
Sam I Am
Little White Lie
I Can’t Drive 55
Finish What You Started
Best of Both Worlds
Fight for Your Right
The DVD’s special features include interviews with Sammy Hagar, as well as each of THE WABOS — Vic Johnson, Mona Gnader, and David Lauser — in addition to Michael Anthony. Also included is the “Sam I Am” music video, the making of “Sam I Am”, the “Tropic of Capricorn” music video, a “Got Cabo?” video tour of Cabo San Lucas and a “Tequila Made Me Do It” tour video.
On this disc she is joined by Gregg Bissonette on drums (David Lee Roth), Tony Franklin on bass (The Firm, Blue Murder), Erik Norlander on keyboards , Mark McCrite (Rocket Scientists) on guitar and Novi Novog on viola.
Other notable guests on this disc include Arjen Lucassen, Nick D’Virgilio and Neil Citron.
If you haven’t ever heard Lana Lane before, she is an excellent singer who has a sound quite similar to Ann Wilson of Heart. The songs on this disc were largely chosen from requests by fans and friends over the years, and the ultimate criterion for their inclusion was that they were all extremely melodic and memorable tracks.
There are some very cool covers on this disc including TNT’s Northern Lights, Scorpions Still Loving You, Giant’s I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Rainbow’s Stargazer.
The music on all of the songs on Covers Collection is very good. It is very interesting to hear Lana’s take on songs that were originally sung by male vocalists.
Still Lovin’ You
This disc has a huge asking price on Amazon.com, but can sometimes be found on EBay for a much more reasonable sum. It is an interesting listen, and a worthy one as far as cover albums go.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Wall (Kansas)
2. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
3. Soaring (Aviary)
4. Hold Your Head Up (Argent)
5. Innocence (Enuff Znuff)
6. I’ll See You in My Dreams (Giant)
7. Don’t Try So Hard (Queen)
8. Northern Lights (TNT)
9. Still Lovin’ You (Scorpions)
10. Weep in Silence (Uriah Heep)
11. Stargazer (Rainbow)