Hall of Fame Inductee
Australian Tour 2018
One million Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong.
Finally the announcement the fans have been waiting for; The group from New Jersey will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Bon Jovi is the only act in the class of 2018 to have started after the 1970s.
Having long enjoyed commercial success Bon Jovi also won the Rock Hall fan poll receiving more than 1 million public votes.
The band will be inducted along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who will receive an Award for Early Influence, at the 33rd induction ceremony on April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.
When the news was confirmed yesterday, long time Bon Jovi guitarist and co-writer of some of the bands biggest hits, Richie Sambora was on holidays in Hawaii. He was humble and when asked for his reaction by Rolling Stone, Sambora said
“Just gratitude, I guess. And going, “Hey, I’m in the queue with Bob Dylan, Mick and Keith and Clapton, all my heroes and all the guys I grew up trying to emulate.” They are my heroes and my teachers. To be in that line is kind of surreal. I don’t know if I believe it yet. It’s that kind of an honor. It’s almost not the institution itself; it’s the pedigree of how people got there. To be a part of that whole movement and whole energy as things move forward is just tremendous. I have a lot of thanks for that..”
The great news for Aussie fans is that Richie Sambora and Orianthi are joining forces for a new, genre-spanning musical project under the name RSO that sees these two platinum-selling singer-songwriters and world-class guitarists teaming up as a duo and will be touring Australia’s east coast in January 2018.
American rock icon and Songwriters Hall of Famer Sambora (who has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written over 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits) and 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) have both written chart-busting singles, toured the globe extensively, collaborated with superstar artists, and released three solo albums each. Now, RSO is the next chapter for these celebrated artists – stay tuned for much more to come!
The September 2017 release of the five-track Rise EP (BMG) is the first taste of the versatility that is at the heart of RSO, encompassing elements of rock, blues, pop, R&B and country. The harmonious blend of Sambora and Orianthi’s voices and guitars is front and center on Rise, putting a fresh spin on male-female duets.
RSO has everything from rocking stadium-fillers like the roaring title track “Rise” to heartfelt tunes like the piano-driven ballad “Truth” to bright, country-infused songs like “Good Times.”
RSO will be joining the cream of the Aussie rock industry, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald and Dallas Crane will round out this first class Under the Southern Stars lineup.
Under the Southern Stars is bringing together the best of Aussie Rock with an international touch. Headlined by the Working Class Man himself Jimmy Barnes, Under the Southern Stars will be coming to two stunning coastal locations in NSW and VIC this January.
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this top tier calibre of talent in a stunning coastal setting. The quintessential Australia summer experience is filled with family, friends, good food and great live music and this festival has raised the bar. Under the Southern Stars is the perfect holiday festival!
RICHIE SAMBORA & ORIANTHI – RSO
January 10th: RSL Club Southport
Supported by The Rich and Famous
January 11th: Aussie World, Sunshine Coast
January 12th: Max Watts, Sydney
Supported by The Choirboys
January 13th: Prince Band Room, St Kilda, Melbourne
Supported by The Choirboys
UNDER THE SOUTHERN STARS
Jimmy Barnes, RSO, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald, Dallas Crane
January 6th: Harry Elliott Oval, Tuncurry (NSW)
January 7th: Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Mornington Peninsula (VIC)
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