This is one of the things Richie Sambora talks about in his new interview with Classic Rock Magazine. Just so you know, Classic Rock Magazine leaks quotes and small portions of the story on their website to tantalize you, in hopes of getting you to buy the actual magazine with the full story. He says more about his time in rehab, and says he wasn't bothered that Jon didn't visit him. But, that's all we get on that part of the story - unless you buy the magazine.
On the website, we can read the part of the interview where Sambora talks about the band still being together:
"Everybody in that band knows their role – and nobody’s bitchin’ about it. If we did we’d be an asshole."
“That band has been amazing for me. Everybody still gets along. It’s an anomaly, really – come on, how many bands on the planet have done what we’ve done? The longevity amazes me.
“Here’s the thing: spirituality, for me, is not taking things for granted. Every night when I walk on that stage and there are people there to see us, I’m a happy dude.”
In the interview, Richie admitted he did think about leaving the band in the 80's.
“There was a point in the late 80s, in our early days of dealing with the speed of fame and stardom, when we were burnt out and we’d worked ourselves into the wall. Everybody needed their own space.
“Tico became an artist, a painter. Dave started doing things on Broadway. Everybody started to find themselves, which is a very important thing in any relationship. Even in a romantic relationship, if you lose yourself you end up resenting the other person.”
The guitarist celebrated rediscovering his freedom on new solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown – but he’s not afraid of the possibility of having revealed too much about himself in the music.
“I’m a man that’s been in the glare of the media on a global level for a long time,” he says. “For this record I wasn’t embarrassed or ashamed about anything. That’s the essence of this record: there’s a kind of triumphant feeling about it. When you get on the other side of some of the trials and tribulations in life, there’s freedom.”