Rocker Richie Sambora to perform with, auction crystal guitar a - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Rocker Richie Sambora to perform with, auction crystal guitar at Barnstable Brown Gala

Richie Sambora (Source: Chris Barnstable-Brown) Richie Sambora (Source: Chris Barnstable-Brown)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora will play a one-of-a-kind crystal guitar during his performance at the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala on Friday. The guitar will then be auctioned to benefit the Barnstable Brown Gala's diabetes charity.

The instrument is a custom, handmade Austrian crystal Swarovski guitar celebrating the running of the 140th Kentucky Derby. Sambora personally designed the guitar. The American Diabetes Association's symbolic colors of black and red were incorporated into the guitar's design. 

[RELATED STORY: Star-studded Barnstable Brown Gala guest list announced]

"This is hands down the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen," said Sambora. "With the combination of this worthy cause and the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, this should add some serious funds to help fight diabetes."

Sambora will put the guitar to good use at the gala, playing some of the biggest hits he wrote and performed while with Bon Jovi.

"We were thrilled when we learned that Ritchie wanted to attend and perform at our party, said Patricia Barnstable-Brown, co-host of the Barnstable Brown Gala, "but we couldn't believe it when he told us about his generous donation to help in the fight against diabetes. We couldn't be more excited."

Sambora has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide as a founding member of multi-platinum, Grammy-winning rock band Bon Jovi and as a solo artist. He has co-written more than 20 top 40 hits and 11 top 10 hits, including Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted: Dead or Alive. Sambora was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

 

  • WAVE 3 NewsNEWSMore>>

  • MUGSHOT MONDAY: January 2017 Roundup

    MUGSHOT MONDAY: January 2017 Roundup

    Monday, April 18 2016 11:14 AM EDT2016-04-18 15:14:48 GMT
    Sunday, January 22 2017 11:50 PM EST2017-01-23 04:50:11 GMT

    See who's been arrested this month in WAVE Country and read about the crimes they're accused of committing. An arrest is not a presumption of guilt.

    More >>

    See who's been arrested this month in WAVE Country and read about the crimes they're accused of committing. An arrest is not a presumption of guilt.

    More >>
  • Man on finding toddler: 'One of the worst feelings ever'

    Man on finding toddler: 'One of the worst feelings ever'

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:16 AM EST2017-01-23 05:16:23 GMT
    Kaleb Nicholson is being called a hero for locating the body of William Roberts early Sunday morning. (Source: Daniel Paxton/ WAVE 3 News)Kaleb Nicholson is being called a hero for locating the body of William Roberts early Sunday morning. (Source: Daniel Paxton/ WAVE 3 News)

    The mother of two-year-old William Roberts took her eyes off her son for a couple minutes Saturday afternoon, according to police. The toddler disappeared in a creek in Borden, Indiana around 230 p.m. 

    More >>

    The mother of two-year-old William Roberts took her eyes off her son for a couple minutes Saturday afternoon, according to police. The toddler disappeared in a creek in Borden, Indiana around 230 p.m. 

    More >>
  • UofL to open exhibit remembering flood of 1937

    UofL to open exhibit remembering flood of 1937

    Sunday, January 22 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-01-23 03:30:04 GMT
    Much of Louisville was underwater 80 years ago. (Source: WAVE 3 News)Much of Louisville was underwater 80 years ago. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

    Almost 80 years ago, much of Louisville was underwater during a time of severe flooding, and UofL's library is opening an exhibit to remember. 

    More >>

    Almost 80 years ago, much of Louisville was underwater during a time of severe flooding, and UofL's library is opening an exhibit to remember. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly