Richie Sambora Absent from Bon Jovi Tour, Again -
Bon Jovi has revealed that guitarist Richie Sambora will be absent from the band's current run of gigs.
In a statement the band explained the guitarist has "personal issues" and will not appear. However they made it clear that all planned shows will go on as scheduled.
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi announced the news during
a show in Calgaryon Tuesday (2nd April) telling
"Richie Sambora won't be performing for a while. I had two choices - pack up and go home or give you everything I go"
According to local radio station Q107 the singer went on to make clear that the guitarist was not in jail or hospital, and that the decision was taken to appear without Sambora a few hours prior to the event kicking off.
However Sambora seemed quite intent on appearing as planned last Thursday, when he tweeted:
'Happy holiday weekend to all….the tour resumes on Tues… On the move again…'
Sambora missed a number of shows back in 2011 after checking himself into rehab with drug and alcohol problems.
Bon Jovi himself said of Sambora:
"It was great for Richie to go and take care of himself, knowing full well he was not being fired or punished. He needed and wanted to seek help.
"But the show goes on. I'm not beholden to anyone. To be honest about it, we've got to pay a road crew, who are dependent on that pay check to put food on the table and shoes on their kids' feet. You can't put them out of work."
The band has offered refunds to any fans who purchased tickets expecting to see Sambora.