Sambora/Orianthi Aussie Tour Helps War Veterans

An Australian tour by former Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora and his current collaborator, Australian guitarist Orianthi, has partnered with Legacy Australia working with 80,000 widows and families of war veterans. 

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Sambora and Australian-born Orianthi – who has played with Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper – perform four theatre dates Sept. 26-30.

Legacy has a program called Roadie For The Day where widows and families of veterans help with setting up the show’s VIP area and see the performances after.

Sambora said, “I’ve supported the military for so many years, in many different ways. We are both delighted to be working with Legacy on our Australian tour, to show our support for Australia’s military and their families.”

The Legacy roadies for the opening Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre were brothers Mackinley and Perrin Krause, whose parents served in the Royal Australian Navy and are suffering from physical and psychological injuries.

Their father is a Gulf War veteran. Joining the tour Sept. 30 at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel is Shay-Leah Martin, whose husband James served in Afghanistan and East Timor and died of bone cancer in 2016 while still in the army.

Legacy is helping Martin return to civilian life and ensure her two teenage children complete their education.

Legacy Australia chairman Tony Ralph said, “The organisation is grateful for the support of a legendary performer such as Richie Sambora in providing a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness for the work of Legacy, whilst giving some very special Legacy family members a money can’t buy experience.”