Alec John Such and Richie Sambora are to join the rest of the band on stage
Bon Jovi are set to reunite with their original line up, including Alec John Such and Richie Sambora, to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April.
The band are set to play “a couple of songs” at the ceremony on 14 April in Cleveland.
Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013. But the pair will rejoin former bandmates Jon Bon Jovi, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan on stage once more.
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.”
The American rockers formed in 1983 and went on to release 13 studio albums. Jovi, Torres and Bryan are currently on tour supporting their 2016 album ‘This House Is Not For Sale.”
The band have recently released new material to accompany their latest tour, including single “When We Were Us”. Bryan has previously commented that the track was inspired by their Hall of Fame induction.
In December, Jon Bon Jovi responded to the news of their induction and said the band were: “really pleased, obviously, relieved, humbled.”
The likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest were overlooked by the Hall of Fame this year. Asked about this, Bon Jovi replied: “I feel like everybody who was nominated should get in.”
The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.