Friday, April 5, 2013
Drama Alert: Richie Sambora Leaves BON JOVI Due To Monetary Differences
This past Wednesday, April 3, Jon Bon Jovi released a statement saying, "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled". This is the first time that Bon Jovi performs without Richie Sambora on guitar, and as of right now it doesn't seem like Sambora will be back on board anytime soon.
According to TMZ, those "personal issues" have to do with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora "fighting over money."
"Sources directly connected to Bon Jovi tell TMZ that tensions between Jon and Richie have been running high for years and it's finally erupted," reports the website. "One source tells us, 'It's a classic Jagger/Richards blowup."
The site adds that part of the problem is that "Jon constantly belittles Richie."
In September, Sambora told The Hollywood Reporter:
"Jon’s the leader, and there are no bones about that — and no hard feelings. Everyone has a specific role in the caste system of what this band is, and that’s why it has lasted for 30 years."
But it appears all is not well behind the current concert curtain, as JBJ told the crowd Tuesday in Calgary: "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!"
As of right now, the bands hasn't announced a temporary replacement for Sambora.
Bon Jovi's official site