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In just a week, RICHIE & CO will be heading over to the UK to kickoff a limited run of dates.

Beginning on JUNE 13 with a headlining club show in London and wrapping up with a solo date on JULY 3 in Glasgow, the brief mini-tour will cover 2 festivals, 10 headline shows and 7 countries.   We know a lot of fans would love to see RICHIE perform in their country and city and this limited run won’t reach them but we’re going to try and ensure fans are part of the experience by keeping everyone up to date using social media.   This website, Richie’s Twitter feed and Richie’s Facebook page will be updated regularly (and the team is in the process of bringing Richie’s YouTube page and Instagram account back to life.)

In the week before a tour, everyone involved is making final preparations.  Tour cases are being packing and shipped, full of gear and clothing.  Final travel plans are being organized.  Richie is doing phone interviews with press outlets, talking about the upcoming shows (as well as the new music he’s working on and his collaborations with Orianthi.)  And final touches are being put on new merchandise. Plus, we’re you’re in for some surprises along the way.

Keep checking back for news and updates.  Thanks for your patience and your support for RICHIE.   Let’s have some fun.

RICHIE SAMBORA: TOUR DATES

RICHIE SAMBORA heads to EUROPE next week for a LIMITED RUN of concert dates that go thru JULY.   This is by no means an extensive tour.

 

Friday, JUNE 13 at O2 ACADEMY in ISLINGTON (LONDON), ENGLAND**

Sunday, JUNE 15 at DONINGTON PARK  for the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2014

Tuesday, JUNE 17 at O13 in TILBURG, HOLLAND

Thursday, JUNE 19 at BEETHOVENSAAL in STUTTGART, GERMANY

Friday, JUNE 20 at KESSELHAUS in MUNICH, GERMANY

Sunday, JUNE 22 at HUXLEY’S in BERLIN, GERMANY

Tuesday, JUNE 24 at E-WERK in COLOGNE, GERMANY

Thursday, JUNE 26 at BATACLAN in PARIS, FRANCE

Saturday, JUNE 28th at CLAPHAM COMMON for the CALLING FESTIVAL

Monday, JUNE 30th at OLYMPIA in DUBLIN, IRELAND

Tuesday, JULY 1st at ULSTER HALL in BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND

Thursday, JULY 3 at O2 ABC in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

 

Then he’s off to the FAR EAST in AUGUST

Sunday, AUGUST 10 at WORLD CUP STADIUM in SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA as part of the CITYBREAK 2014 FESTIVAL

Saturday, AUGUST 16 at MAISHIMA SUMMER SONIC SITE in OSAKA, JAPAN as part of the SUMMER SONIC 2014 FESTIVAL

Sunday, AUGUST 17 at QVC MARINE FIELD in TOKYO, JAPAN as part of the SUMMERSONIC 2014 FESTIVAL

 

ORIANTHI will be joining RICHIE for ALL OF THESE PERFORMANCES.

These are all the concert dates we have for RICHIE SAMBORA at this time.

Should any be added, they will be posted here on www.richiesambora.com and on Richie’s FACEBOOK page and TWITTER Feed (@TheRealSambora)

LIGHTHOUSE by Richie Sambora

“LIGHTHOUSE” is a brand new song written by RICHIE SAMBORA specifically to be performed at the MAY 27, 2014 “Can We Talk… Are You Listening” Drug Awareness Forum at the Pine Belt Arena in Tom’s River, New Jersey.

RICHIE began conceptualizing the song a while back but even up until the last moments (during soundcheck) he was still changing lyrics… this is a newborn song.    RICHIE performed it last night live for the audience for the very first time and was backed by the Manchester High School Chorus.

RICHIE plans to record the song in a proper studio setting ASAP and get up in iTunes.

Once there’s more information and details, we’ll share it with you here.

In the meantime, following are the LYRICS to LIGHTHOUSE

 

LIGHTHOUSE

WHEN YOU’RE BLINDED, CONFUSED

BLUE SKIES SEEM PAINTED GREY

YOU CAN’T HEAR THE WHISPER

WHEN AN ANGEL CALLS YOUR NAME

 

YOU’RE STRUNG OUT COLD

WHILE YOU FIGHT YOUR PERSONAL WAR

ONCE UPON A TIME PEER PRESSURE CROSSED A LINE

OUR KIDS AIN’T NEEDING NEEDLES ANYMORE

 

CHORUS:

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

THROUGH THE FOG AND THE DARK

WE CAN BRAVE OUR HEAVY LOAD

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

FIND A BEACON OF HOPE

‘TIL WE WALK DOWN FREEDOM’S ROAD

 

I KNOW IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE

THAT TOMORROW TURNS BRIGHT

BUT YOU’RE HEADING FOR SAFE HARBOUR

AND SERENITY’S IN SIGHT

 

WHO JUDGE DON’T MATTER

THOSE WHO MATTER DON’T JUDGE

YOU’RE SWIMMING WITH THE TIDE

IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD

 

CHORUS:

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

THROUGH THE FOG AND THE DARK

WE CAN BRAVE OUR HEAVY LOAD

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

FIND A BEACON OF HOPE

‘TIL WE WALK DOWN FREEDOM’S ROAD

 

- SOLO-

 

WE ALL HAVE BROKEN PIECES

BLEEDING INSIDE

THEY OBLITERATE OUR CONFIDENCE

AND POISON OUR PRIDE

 

YOU DRIFTED FAR FROM THE SHORE

LIVIN’ DARK DAYS ALONE

THERE’S A BEACON OF HOPE

THAT WILL LEAD YOU HOME

THERE’S A BEACON OF LOVE

THAT WILL GUIDE YOU HOME

 

CHORUS:

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

THROUGH THE FOG AND THE DARK

WE CAN BRAVE OUR HEAVY LOAD

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

FIND A BEACON OF HOPE

‘TIL WE WALK DOWN FREEDOM’S ROAD

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

IF YOU JUST TAKE MY HAND I WILL STAND WITH YOU

THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE, THERE’S A LIGHTHOUSE

THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT TRUE LOVE CAN DO

 

RICHIE SAMBORA: TOM’S RIVER, NEW JERSEY DRUG FORUM

Last night, MAY 27, RICHIE SAMBORA was the Special Guest at the OCEAN COUNTY DRUG FORUM hosted by the PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE.

The evening was designed to be an educational program focused on raising awareness among students, parents and educators about the ever-growing danger of drug use, especially heroin.  In Ocean County, more than 1200 lives were lost to heroin overdoses.

RICHIE committed to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronado that he’d do whatever he could do to help raise awareness; so he performed live at the free event.

RICHIE flew the red-eye from L.A. to NEW JERSEY on Sunday night, staying with his mom.

MONDAY, Memorial Day, RICHIE and the band for this event at the PINE BELT ARENA in Tom’s River, New Jersey.  After a long session (including learning, for the first time, a brand new song entitled “Lighthouse” written by Richie specifically for this event) the band and crew headed to M.J.’s Grill in Neptune, NJ for food (and some hockey viewing.)

 

TUESDAY, MAY 27 was the day of the show.  RICHIE met with his team outside his mom’s home on the dock along the Manesquan River.  The lyrics to “Lighthouse” were tweeked and then everyone headed back to Pine Belt Arena for another rehearsal and soundcheck.

Joining RICHIE for the soundcheck was the MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS.  Once the kids left to get ready for their big night, RICHIE and the band stayed onstage for hours rehearsing and reworking “Lighthouse” again… adding songs to the potential set list and learning new cover songs.

Doors opened at 5:30.  By then, RICHIE was changed into stage clothes, joining Prosecutor Coronado for a 20-minute press conference, and doing interviews with the media in attendance.   And finalizing the set list.  And greeting friends and family who came to the show.   Finally, it was showtime.  The evening’s program of informational and educational speakers and sketches began.

MAUREEN MORELLA presented “JESSE’S JOURNEY” – the story of her son’s accidental overdose in 2008 that’s left him unable to walk, talk, or eat… It’s a heartbreaking but uplifting story and a cautionary tale about the danger of drugs that packs an emotional wallop.  JESSE watched the presentation from alongside the stage before joining his mother on stage to ensure the impact of his story is not lost on the crowd.

RICHIE SAMBORA was up next.   First, RICHIE thanked those involved in making the event happen.   Here’s who he thanked:

Joseph Coronado – Prosecutor

Anthony Piero – Supervising Assistant Prosecuto

John Corson

Michael Colwell

Renee Nauyoks

Everyone at the Juvenile Office.

Tammi Millar and her team here at the Pine Belt Arena

All the folks from Tom’s River PD

And the Attorney General’s office

And the New Jersey State Police

The kids of the MANCHESTER CHOIR

And everyone who turned up here to night

RICHIE then went on to explain why HE got involved in this event and why this issue is so important.  Following were his notes (he improvised and spoke casually from the stage):

I’m here tonight because I’ve lost too many friends to this battle.

I’m here tonight because I know personally how difficult that battle with addiction can be.  But I fought it and I’m blessed to be here happier and healthier and stronger than ever.

I’m here tonight as a member of this Jersey community which is losing too many of our kids to drugs… and leaving too many families devastated.

And I’m here as a father of a teenage girl.  I’m scared for my daughter.

But we can’t be scared silent.  And we can’t be paralyzed by fear.

That we’re all here tonight is a good first step and together we can make a difference because this epidemic has got to stop.

 

The MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS then joined RICHIE on stage and performed a soulful and stirring rendition of the classic “LEAN ON ME.”  Next up, the kids backed RICHIE on “LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER.”  RICHIE let the CHORUS sing one song alone before returning to the mic and introducing FATHER BOB LYMAN, a friend of his family who has advised him over the years (Bon Jovi fans knows him well.)  FATHER BOB offered a benediction and blessing to those struggling with addiction and those friends and family on the journey with them before RICHIE again took centerstage.

RICHIE introduced a new song, “LIGHTHOUSE,” (co-written with his friend, RICHIE SUPA, who he noted is twenty years in recovery from heroin addiction) which was composed especially to be debuted at this forum.   RICHIE explained that when you’re at your lowest point, that’s when you need the most faith that you can turn things around… when you’re drowing in doubt and lost at sea, you need a lighthouse that will be a beacon to help you find your way back.    The new song was moving and perfect for the occasion.   (We’ll get lyrics up on this site for you ASAP; Richie plans to have the song on iTunes with proceeds from downloads to benefit the recovery community – more info to come.)

RICHIE then headed backstage and allowed the rest of the evening’s performers and speakers entertain and enlighten the crowd.

As the final performer on the evening’s run of show, RICHIE’s job was to offer some hope and lighten the mood.  And he delivered.    Below is the set list that was performed:

Second Set

LEAN ON ME  (with Manchester Chorus)

LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER (with Manchester Chorus)

LIGHTHOUSE (with Manchester Chorus)

Second Set:

EVERY ROAD LEADS HOME TO YOU

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

SEVEN YEARS GONE

STORYBOOK LOVE (Willy DeVille cover)

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU

THE ANSWER (Richie on acoustic guitar & the song’s co-writer BRUCE FOSTER on piano)

THESE DAYS

TAKIN’ A CHANCE ON THE WIND

 

And then after 10pm, the crowd of thousands headed home while RICHIE headed backstage to cool off and clean up and meet the VIPS and all the friends, family and behind-the-scenes team who put the entire forum together.    All in all, an important cause, a good deed, and a great night of music that will hopefully raise awareness.

*We’ll get the lyrics to LIGHTHOUSE posted here.  And we’ll add photos exclusive to this website.