Richie Sambora to Perform as the House Band for 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson'

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November 14th, 2012

via press release:


The Songwriting Hall of Fame Inductee Will Also Perform Songs Off His Third Solo Album, Aftermath Of The Lowdown

Famed guitarist Richie Sambora will perform as the house band for THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON. Sambora will play a variety of music from his solo career as well as from Bon Jovi, during the week of Monday, Dec. 3 - Friday, Dec. 7, on THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


During a pre-taped cold open for the Friday, Nov. 16 episode of THE LATE LATE SHOW, Ferguson said to Sambora, “I thought it would be great if you could be the house band on the show, but not necessarily play the guitar. Just you, naked, playing a tiny little harp.”

Sambora responded, “You know what? I really love you. I really love your show and everything. I’m not going to be naked playing a harp. But I tell you what, if you want me to be in the house band, as long as you let me play a couple of my songs, I’m going to be good with that.”


“I don’t speak rock and roll!” Ferguson joked before exclaiming, “Yes, yes of course!”


In addition to providing music at the beginning and end of each segment, Sambora will perform full tracks off his third solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown (released September 2012).


Richie Sambora has performed for sold out audiences as the lead guitarist for legendary rock band Bon Jovi. He has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide for both his albums with Bon Jovi and his solo work. Sambora’s three-decade career with Bon Jovi includes 11 studio albums, three compilation albums, one live album, one Grammy Award (plus eight nominations) and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previously, Sambora released two solo albums, Undiscovered Soul (1998) and Stranger In This Town (1991). His bandmates on Aftermath of the Lowdown include Aaron Sterling (drummer), Curt Schneider (bassist), Matt Rollings (piano), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (keyboard).


THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON regularly airs weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS. THE LATE LATE SHOW is executive produced by Peter Lassally and is a 2009 Peabody Award recipient.

  • Justin

    First the new studio, then the talking rhino, then Beth, and Now Richie Sambora!!!!!

    The show is losing it’s Uniqueness 1 after another.

  • Max

    NO!!! Craig does not need a band!!! This is what makes Craig better than the other late night guys!

  • EatMorePez

    It’s only for one week guys, this is not permanent. CBS would never shell out the money to pay for a full time band on Craig’s show.

  • Max

    Even if it’s only a week, he’s basically saying, ” I’m like the others.” Not good.

  • Kyle

    Not a big deal since its only a week but I have not watched Craig as much since he moved to the new studio

  • Fake Me Out


    Maybe this is just a pilot/audition for a future where Craig moves up to take Dave’s slot when he retires? Dave went through a cookie cutter process when he moved from 0030 on NBC to 2330 on CBS losing some of the things that made Dave “Dave!” … which is kinda odd really … if the guys on at 0030 are the edgier, lets attract the college kid crowd … why not move that up to 2330? Isn’t the younger demo what the nets are trying to attract? Why sanitize them so the older audience doesn’t get offended and turn out? Stewart/Colbert seem to do pretty good in the 2300 hour and they attract a younger viewer.


  • Jimbo from Oz

    @Justin, I hope that’s tongue in cheek, otherwise I’d like to know what other shows have a talking Rhino and someone (pretending to be) from the network that they just make fun of. (Both seemed to be the same actress, too.)

  • Eroll Muller

    Didn’t I tell you that it was going to happen?! I told you that Craig Ferguson is going to get a house band! You didn’t listen to me, but I got it before they even told you! What do you have to say to me now?!

  • Elie Muller

    Eroll and I have told you many times that Craig Ferguson will have a house band for his late late show, and you have never taken it seriously. What can you say now that it has happen?! By the way, Craig Ferguson is finally going to be a normal late night talk show! Yes!

  • Fake Me Out

    @ The Mullers

    I’m going to say don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched … a one week stunt does not a house band make. If there is a big enough ratings jump, they may try it again to test the waters but bringing in a band on an ongoing basis would be a big jump in the shows production costs … there would need to be a ratings/cost/benefit review done.

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