Richie Sambora, the lead guitarist of legendary band Bon Jovi, will miss “this leg” of the Because We Can Tour. Bon Jovi released a vague statement on their official website in regards to Richie’s temporary leave, citing “personal issues” as his reason.
Matt Bongiovi — Jon Bon Jovi’s younger brother — released a series of tweets confirming that Richie DID NOT quit the band. Thank god!
Here is the official press release from Bon Jovi’s official website:
Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg
Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled.
Judging by these tweets that I have listed below, I don’t believe Richie fell off the wagon. If Matt is saying Richie is “OK”; then, I don’t think Richie is back in rehab. Actually, I strongly believe Richie is caring for his ailing mother.
And Matt has also confirmed that Richie & Jon HAVE NOT fallen out. (They are NOT fighting over money).
Just remember: Please do not believe anything that you read on TMZ! They’re a terrible source. We will get answers when Bon Jovi releases an official statement on their website.
More than likely, Richie will be back in time for the African and European tours. I betcha anything.
Although he already missed last night’s show in Calgary, Canada, I strongly believe he’ll be back by the end of the month.
Here are the shows that Richie will likely miss:
|April 2, 2013||Calgary||Canada||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|April 3, 2013||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|April 5, 2013||Winnipeg||MTS Centre|
|April 7, 2013||Saint Paul||United States||Xcel Energy Center|
|April 8, 2013||Omaha||CenturyLink Center Arena|
|April 10, 2013||Austin||Frank Erwin Center|
|April 11, 2013||Dallas||American Airlines Center|
|April 13, 2013||Kansas City||Sprint Center|
|April 14, 2013||Des Moines||Wells Fargo Arena|
|April 16, 2013||Denver||Pepsi Center|
|April 17, 2013||Salt Lake City||EnergySolutions Arena|
|April 19, 2013||Los Angeles||Staples Center|
|April 20, 2013||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|April 23, 2013||Glendale||Jobing.com Arena|
|April 25, 2013||San Jose||HP Pavilion at San Jose|