Two titans of guitar have come together for a new musical endeavor, and they'll reflect on their creative process at the Grammy Museum next week. Former Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora has joined forces with fellow musician Orianthi to create RSO, a superduo hellbent on "rocking spectacles of guitar wizardry". They'll make their world premiere at the Grammy Museum on Oct. 3. Tickets are now available exclusively on AXS.com.
The duo, which began collaborating shortly after Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013, released their debut EP, Rise, on Sept. 29. The five-song album is loaded with guitar-driven hooks fronted by both accomplished musicians. RSO will discuss their relationship (they began dating while working on the project), their songwriting process and perform at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum at the intimate event next week.
Though best known for his work in Bon Jovi, Sambora has released three successful studio albums over the last three decades. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, P!nk and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Orianthi has released three solo albums herself and also flaunts an impressive resume with credits linked to Santana, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper and ZZ Top.
Rise combines elements of several different genres of music across the scope of its five songs. Both musicians drew influence from rock, blues, R&B and country to create the EP, often working on it at their home in Los Angeles. Listen to "Masterpiece" above, which the pair have cited as one of their favorite tracks on the new record.