Bon Jovi Guitarist Richie Sambora Leaves Tour Due To “Personal Issues”

Bon Jovi Guitarist Richie Sambora Leaves Tour Due To “Personal Issues”

April 4, 2013

Judas Priest Celebrates 40 Years Of Heavy Metal With 'Epitaph Live'Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora has dropped out of the current leg of the rock band’s tour because of “personal issues,” but the guitarist, who has done stints in rehab for problems with alcohol, tweeted fans on Wednesday that he was “well”, reports Reuters.

“Thank you everyone for your concern,” Sambora said on Twitter. “I’m well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon.”

Sambora, 53, who spent time in rehab in 2007 and 2011 for alcohol and prescription drug abuse, was not included at Bon Jovi’s performance in Calgary, Alberta, on Tuesday and the band said he would miss a run of North America concerts. Sambora also missed Bon Jovi’s 2011 North American and European tours.

“Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled. 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,” said a statement on the band’s website, offering no other details or when Sambora might resume performing. “

Celebrity website, citing unnamed sources connected to the band, said Sambora’s absence was due to long-running tension between the guitarist and singer Jon Bon Jovi. “It’s a classic Jagger/Richards blowup,” said one source, who also added that part of the problem is that Jon Bon Jovi constantly belittles Richie and the duo are fighting over money.

Bon Jovi is scheduled to perform this week in Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday. The “Because We Can” tour’s April dates include Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and other cities before international appearances kick off on May 7 in Capetown, South Africa. The band is set to play in Sweden, Germany, Britain, Spain, Poland and Italy before returning to the United States in July.

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