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Richie Sambora

Bails on Bon Jovi

Jon Treats Him Like Crap

4/3/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Richie Sambora
is bailing on the Bon Jovi world tour because of "personal issues," but it has NOTHING to do with substance abuse ... it's all about a war that's exploded between Jon and Richie.

Sources directly connected to Bon Jovi tell TMZ ... tensions between Jon and Richie have been running high for years and it's finally erupted. One source tells us, "It's a classic Jagger/Richards blowup."

Our sources say part of the problem is that Jon constantly belittles Richie. But there's another part of the problem -- they're fighting over money.

Richie was a no-show at a Bon Jovi concert in Calgary last night, and yesterday he posted on the Bon Jovi website that he was pulling out because of "personal issues."

During the Calgary concert, Jon told the crowd, "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!"

In the meantime, Richie's been spending personal time with his daughter -- the two were on vacation in Hawaii last week. We're told it was an 11-day trip filled with zip-lining, hikes, paddle boarding, and chilling at the pool.

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Richie has had alcohol issues in the past, but we're told in no uncertain terms ... Richie is clean now.

Sources close to the band tell TMZ ... Sambora's camp is hopeful the two sides can work things out before April 19, when Bon Jovi is set to play in L.A. -- Richie's hometown.

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mex68    

Stand your ground Sambora!

385 days ago
137.

Taylor    

Easy, get a new guitarist, Cant replace Jon, but can replace Richie, he has always been a fame whore. Cher, Ally Sheedy, Heather, whatever between and after. Stupid fame whore. He used to get mad at people back in the Jersey days for taking his picture, he would say where is my royalty's. He would be drunk at a party with 2 girls holding him up and he wanted money for anyone who took a picture of his lame ass. Life time *******.

385 days ago
138.

goodgrief    

LA is Richie's home town??? He's from New Jersey!

385 days ago
139.

Julie    

"The TMZ story is total ****." - Bon Jovi camp

385 days ago
140.

annick    

hey Richie.....How much I like Jon...let me tell you that you make the group ALIVE. You are the best guitarist ever...and you are ass good ass Jon with your voice. Don't let him win over you, stand up for your pride. love you Annick :) xx

385 days ago
141.

annick    

hey Richie.....How much I like Jon...let me tell you that you make the group ALIVE. You are the best guitarist ever...and you are ass good ass Jon with your voice. Don't let him win over you, stand up for your pride. love you Annick :) xx

385 days ago
142.

Nancy Flynn    

If his "personal issu" is that Jon treats him like crap, then I say Grow up, Richie and live up to your commitments. The band is called Bon Jovi, not Sambora. Try to remember that your solo career did not go so well....

385 days ago
143.

Nancy Flynn    

Richie, if your "personal issues" are that Jon treats you like crap, then grow up and keep your commitments!! The band is called Bon Jovi, not Sambora. Remember that your solo career went nowhere. You are great as the backup guy, but you are not Jon. You don't have his charm or charisma and you lose the audience when you are on stage by yourself (during the short break that Jon takes to go into the audience). Get over yourself and get back on tour...

384 days ago
144.

Bill Denton    

Jagger/Richards? Really? Jon Bon Jovi is an abusive slave driver control freak. Even we musicians in the industry regard the band as lowbrow crap. Mr. Ego owns it all and loves to cause stress on everyone but on TV is all smiles. The only thing that made him are Samboras guitar parts. Any idiot can write hooky sappy girlie music, play bass and rums to kindergarden music.

384 days ago
145.

Nancy Flynn    

Really?? He treats you like crap? If that's your "personal issue" get over yourself and keep your touring commitments. BTW, the band is called Bon Jovi, not Sambora. Your solo career did not go so well for a reason. You're a great #2, but you are no Jon. You don't have his charm or charisma and you can't hold an audience. He's the show....

384 days ago
146.

Sherrie    

Wow! Second time in the pit and no Richie! Its pretty unprofessional to commit to a tour and no show! Whatever their differences are Bon Jovi is NOT the same without Richie. Jon should know that being the great business man he is. Seriously! Pit tickets $500.00 after announcement not even half that price. Wake up guys! Youre not getting any younger and what makes yall so great is that yall have stuck together all these years! Lots of money still to be made!

384 days ago
147.

Diane    

Been a fan of Bon Jovi since the beginning, loved Jon in the '80's but Ritchie is by far the better singer and guitar player, Jon was just a pretty boy front man. Always wondered when he would think he was better than everyone else.

384 days ago
148.

Cheryl    

OK, so they r fighting, I get that, people fight, I am wondering, did he just not show up? Because if that is the case, he let his fans down, Their fight was personal, he could have handled it better and no one would have been let down, to just not show, makes it seem like he doesn't give 2 cents about his fans... Just my opinion, Celebs are always saying let us handle our personal business alone, then get mad when we invade their privacy, well he kinda **** on everyone, he just left his fans high and dry.... take ur crap out on who ur mad at not ur fans, sorry my spelling isn't perfect......Just making a point

384 days ago
149.

Whatever    

Anybody who knows anything about this band knows that from Day 1 Jon Bon Jovi has treated the rest of the band like his employees. He has ALWAYS paid them with a paycheck, no percentaqe of ownership. If I were Ritchie Sambora, I would be pretty tired of being Jon's employee all these decades. And Jon recently listed his NYC penthouse for sale, asking price $42M. So in a word, Jon Bon Jovi is a tool. Go Ritchie, go! You're the guy with the voice, anyway.

384 days ago
150.

Whatever    

Anybody who knows anything about this band knows that from Day 1 Jon Bon Jovi has treated the rest of the band like his employees. He has ALWAYS paid them with a paycheck, no percentaqe of ownership. If I were Ritchie Sambora, I would be pretty tired of being Jon's employees all these decades. And Jon recently listed his NYC penthouse for sale, asking price $42M. So in a word, Jon Bon Jovi is a tool. Go Ritchie, go! You're the guy with the voice, anyway.

384 days ago
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