Sanctuary - UK 2004
Interview by Sian Llewellyn
rising from the depths
What do you
think when people mention Shark Frenzy today?
Richie Sambora: I remember it as being a great time. You have to
remember that this was my first proper gig. All the other guys were
about ten years or so older than me, and had so much experience, they
had played with people like Gladys Knight! And there I was, this 18 or
19 year old kid and I was playing with these phenomenal session players.
It was a great introduction to the whole session scene. And I got to be
great friends with these guys.
Bruce Foster: What was amazing was how mature a guitarist Richie
was for his age. He fit in with us straight away, it was as if we'd been
together for years.
What did you
learn from playing in Shark Frenzy?
Richie Sambora: I think of Shark Frenzy as almost my musical
education. I learned so much in terms of how to play with other people -
how to fit in with a band. We covered so many different styles too, it
really improved my chops.
still recognize yourself when you listen to the album?
Richie Sambora: Oh yeah! I was listening to it in the shower this
morning. It was a definite trip, and kinda embarrassing at times too.
You've got to remember how much of a kid I was. I can still hear how my
blues roots were coming through - I hadn't really been playing all that
long when we
recorded this, just a few years. You can hear that I'm still
establishing my musical identity.
How did you
come to play with Shark Frenzy?
Richie Sambora: Bruce and the guys were in a band that played
many of the clubs around New Jersey and I was the "hotshot" guitar kid
around town. They'd heard of me and I'd heard of them, and then one
night I moseyed into a bar where they were playing. And it just so
happened that their bass player had gotten food poisoning, so they asked
from the stage if there were any musicians in the house. Then they saw
me and said "you're a guitarist, you can do it". So I played bass that
night, and that's how it happened. Next thing I know I was playing with
them all the time.
that lead you?
Richie Sambora: Before I knew it, the guys were getting me on in
sessions in New York City and Philadelphia. It was there I learned the
skills to cut through a lot of the chase and realize what worked and
what didn't when it came to recording. I learned about the economy of
music, and how important arrangements were when it came togetting music
down on tape.