Richie Sambora joins Blackstar

The guys at Blackstar must have done a little dance when they got this news: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has signed up to a worldwide endorsement deal with the Northampton-based amp-maker.

Sambora is best known for selling roughly 130 million records, for his signature Talk Box-enabled 'who-woah-woh' on 'Livin' On A Prayer', and also for his ridiculously good guitar collection.

The guitarist is currently working on a new solo album (his third to date) and a new Bon Jovi record is also in the pipeline.

"We're extremely proud to have such a high caliber artist as Richie joining the Blackstar family," said Blackstar Artist Liaison Manager Joel Richardson.

"With 2012 marking our fifth anniversary it's great to see such a diverse range of guitarists choosing Blackstar. It shows how Blackstar amps cater for up-and-coming bands all the way through to legends such as Richie".

It's important that you now watch the video to 'Livin' On A Prayer' (above) because we will use any excuse to tell you to watch the video to 'Livin' On A Prayer'.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.