Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is adding his weight to an anti-drug effort in his home state, and he wants to downplay the negative in doing so. At a public forum in Toms River this week, he unveiled a song of hope called “Lighthouse,” but revealed that he had first considered the title “Needles on the Shore.”
Sambora, whose departure from the band last year had been linked to substance use (he says it was for family reasons), recently agreed to help the Ocean County prosecutor's office in an anti-drug campaign that already has been credited for reducing opioid overdose deaths, the Associated Press reported.
Proceeds from the sale of “Lighthouse,” which will be sold on iTunes, will support a planned drug treatment facility in the region.
“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope,” said Sambora. “Everyone needs that light when they're far off the shore.”