Does Richie Sambora bailing on the tour spell out the end for Bon Jovi?
We’re gonna go out on a limb and guess that you weren’t expecting to read about Bon Jovi or Richie Sambora today. The band has popped up in news feeds for the first time in a while, but sadly, it's not good news for them.
After years of internal tension, lead guitarist Richie Sambora has announced that he is quitting the band, right before their upcoming world tour. Sambora’s reps have cited “personal issues”, but fret not, apparently it has nothing to do with substance abuse. Instead, Richie’s split is due to a conflict with frontman Jon Bon Jovi. According to a source for TMZ, the two have been butting heads for years, and the conflict has just erupted now. "It's a classic Jagger/Richards blowup," the source also comments.
There is speculation about the root of the problem. Reportedly, part of it is that Bon Jovi constantly belittles Sambora, but there’s an even bigger issue between the two – money. Wouldn’t you know it.
Is this the beginning of the end for Bon Jovi?
Richie didn’t show to the band’s Calgary concert and subsequently posted on the official website that he was pulling out because of “personal issues.” At the concert, Jon couldn’t resist a comment and said to the fans: "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!"
Well, at least they’re being mature about it.