Jon Bon Jovi has denied a fall out over finances led to Richie Sambora quitting their band's tour of North America, insisting he was surprised when the guitarist decided to take time out.

Sambora declared he was bowing out of Bon Jovi's Because We Can Trek last week (02Apr12) due to "personal reasons", but rumours suggested he quit following an argument with the lead singer, with editors at reporting they fell out over money issues.

However, Bon Jovi has urged fans not to believe Internet gossip, revealing Sambora stunned his bandmates by quitting just hours before they were due on stage.

He tells the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, "I think Richie's doing all right, I haven't spoken to him. We were surprised.

"It was 3:30pm on show day on Tuesday and we got a phone call that he wouldn't be there. It's a personal matter.

"Don't believe what you read on Tmz because it's the furthest thing from the truth."