If Family Fortunes surveyed 100 people for the name of a great rock guitarist, there's a good chance that Hendrix, Clapton and May would all feature fairly heavily. Our survey suggestions would probably not prompt that dreaded 'ee-err' sound and the requisite 'X' - Dave Grohl, Joe Satriani, Slash, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck - to be honest, the list is endless and rather bewildering.
But what about Richie Sambora? His name is synonymous already with Bon Jovi fans, but as a soloist? Actually, the man is a bigger pull than you might think. Sambora has performed on just about every key Jovi song you could care to name, including 'Livin' On A Prayer', 'Keep The Faith', 'Bad Medicine' and 'Always', which makes him pretty darned important in rock. But as well as being Jon Bon Jovi's axe-wielding foil, Sambora has recorded two accomplished solo albums. 'Stranger in This Town' in 1991 and 'Undiscovered Soul' in 1998 both achieved respectable Top 30 placings, which makes his third album all the more enticing - after all, it's been 14 years since his last.
'Aftermath of the Lowdown' has been produced by Bon Jovi producer Luke Ebbin, who has previously worked on the band's 'Crush' and 'Bounce' albums. Recent single 'Every Road Leads Home To You' sets the tone - an easy-going pop-rock anthem and a fitting title, seeing as the man is heading out on a global jaunt in the autumn.
Sambora will perform just one show in the UK at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 16th October. We will have tickets on sale from 9am on Friday 31st August, with prices starting at £42.50. The show is highly likely to be a sell-out.