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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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16.

Dublin2016    

Knew their relationship wasn't always candy and roses. Get out while the gettin' good! Stop being the wannabe country singers' puppet!

576 days ago
17.

Mumra the Ever Living    

This is terrible. It's going to take Bon Jovi 15 minutes and at least three phone calls to replace his broken down, drunken ass.

576 days ago
18.

Nancy M.    

Jon's brother's recent tweet........

Matthew Bongiovi @MatthewBongiovi 1m
Ill say one thing the TMZ story is TOTAL ****. They are completely off with this one.

576 days ago
19.

Kipper    

I live in Calgary, but you failed to mention that after Bon Jovi announced Sambora wouldnt play, he donated $100,000 to the Calgary Homeless Shelter. Pretty classy guy!

576 days ago
20.

laffnbear    

""It's a classic Jagger/Richards blowup."

Couldn't be.
These two haven't near the talent or ability of Jagger and Richards.

576 days ago
21.

kali    

Jon also donated 100k to a homeless shelter in Calgary.

576 days ago
22.

NOT ELMO    

NOBODY goes to see a Bon Jovi Concert Because of Richie Sambora....

576 days ago
23.

Stephanie    

John just lost his only talent....Richie

576 days ago
24.

jojotato68    

Stop it & grow up. I was around for Bon Jovi, the first time & i have enjoyed the entire band over the years...but wtf children? Grow up, show up & stop pissin at each other!

576 days ago
25.

kali    

Jon & Richie call themselves brothers, I hope they fix this, soon.

576 days ago
26.

DavidL    

Richie just put Jon on blast on his twitter

576 days ago
27.

Erik    

Let's see more about the daughter..

576 days ago
28.

JuanRambo    

Screw Richie... He was a no show... You don't do that to your fans... Fans save money/work hard to buy tickets & you do this **** to all the Richie fans... & to Jon... Jon gave you fortune & gave you fame... **** all this money issue... You're not homeless... You're set for life already... You gave me power in your God's name

576 days ago
29.

Chuck    

Jon Bon Jovi is an arrogant punk....

576 days ago
30.

Amanda    

This is such bullcrap it's not even funny. Seriously TMZ, way to sink so low.

576 days ago
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