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It's not looking as though Richie Sambora will be returning to Bon Jovi anytime soon. He's trying to kick start a solo career by bringing on board Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi for his first post-Bon Jovi tour and a new album.

Orianthi, who has played with Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, met Sambora at a New Year’s Eve charity concert, and they've been working together ever since. On tour this week together in Australia, Sambora says, "The chemistry was there... What’s interesting about it when you consider the age difference is we have the same musical background, and that’s rock and the blues. Orianthi and I have a musical conversation when we play, and she just happens to be one of the best players on the planet.”

Sambora and Orianthi plan to hit a studio in Los Angeles in April.