Subscribe to channel
Richie Sambora has reportedly walked off the Bon Jovi tour. Although Sambora's substance abuse problems forced him off the road during the band's 2011 tour, according to insiders, this time it's due to deep seated issues with frontman, Jon Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi kicked off its latest string of dates on April 2nd at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome, where Sambora was allegedly a no-show. According to TMZ, Bon Jovi explained Sambora's absence by telling the crowd: "I had two choices: pack up and go home or give you everything I got. . . Richie Sambora won't be performing for a while. If there's ever a night I need you, it's tonight, Calgary!"
Inside sources "directly connected to Bon Jovi" told TMZ: "Tensions between Jon and Richie have been running high for years and it's finally erupted. One source tells us, "It's a classic (Mick) Jagger/(Keith) Richards blowup." Sambora supposedly has a problem with the way Bon Jovi belittles him and that the pair are fighting over money, but is hopeful that the two can mend fences before the tour hits L.A. on April 19th.
The Calgary Herald reported as a compensation for Sambora's absence, the band made a donation of $100,000 to the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
The band's official site, BonJovi.com, posted two messages yesterday (April 3rd) stating: "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled" along with ". . . Ticket purchasers need not worry, all upcoming shows will go on as scheduled. Any ticket purchaser who would like a refund can do so before show time."
Yesterday (on April 3rd) Richie Sambora tweeted a message to fans saying: "Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."
Return to previous page
Send to a friend