Hot on the heels of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame election, Richie Sambora has a pair of recording projects coming out today (December 15).
He and fellow guitarist/girlfriend Orianthi have released their second EP as RSO, Making History, a five-song follow-up to September’s Rise. Sambora has also released a seasonal song, “One Night Of Peace.”
He tells us that more EPs are coming from RSO, releasing music in short bursts rather than conventional albums:
“Y’know, the way the business now is, it doesn’t happen the way it used to…We have 25 masters…I would’ve been very, very happy putting out a double album, but I don’t think the public could ingest that at this point. It’s just a different time, and sociologically a different time about people getting music. You can’t give them too much at once. We just decided to put out five different EPs over a specific period of time…What’s gonna happen is over four or five EPs that we’ll put out over the next six, seven months, whatever that will be, I think people will find that there’s a cohesive thread through it all, and I think they’re gonna dig it.”
RSO will be playing a heavy schedule of live dates during 2018, and Sambora has confirmed he’ll be reuniting with Bon Jovi for the Rock Hall induction on April 14 in Cleveland.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.