Richie Sambora joins Zac Brown Band for epic CMA Fest performance

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Before heading to Europe for his upcoming tour with Orianthi, Richie Sambora surprised crowds with an appearance during Zac Brown Band’s set at the CMA Music Festival.

The collaborative performance, which saw Sambora and the band riffing on the iconic hit, “Wanted Dead or Alive,” had the crowd amped up at LP Field on Sunday.

"What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown,” Sambora said. “Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms, and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing crowd.”

Sambora’s European tour kicks off Friday with a sold-out show in London. He’ll be back in the U.S. for three special performances in New York City, which will be announced soon.

Sambora has become known throughout his remarkable 30-year career for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing. As both an acclaimed solo artist and a founding member of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Bon Jovi, Sambora has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and has co-written more than 20 Top 40 hits and 11 Top 10 hits, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

In addition to his work with Bon Jovi, he released three solo albums, including 1991’s Stranger in This Town, 1998’s Undiscovered Soul and 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown, which spawned the powerful single “Every Road Leads Home To You.”

Sambora has lent his vocals and support to causes and organizations that resonate deeply with him, whether it be the Hurricane Sandy relief effort affecting his home state of New Jersey or issues regarding the environment, homelessness, illness, hunger and music education.

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