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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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Amanda    

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

535 days ago
32.

jimi    

i guess i'm not a bon jovi fan because i have mastered the english language , unlike half of the posters on here

535 days ago
33.

jovifer53    

Hey tmz in your photo gallery of Richie, #2 is Jon not Richie. And this story is a bumch of crap. Quit telling lies.

535 days ago
34.

Kris    

Go Richie!! I have liked Richie for years and think he is hugely talented. Jon...? Never liked him and think it´s bloody wrong that the guys in that band are in fact employed as Jon´s back up band. That´s what it is on paper. Perhaps Richie had enough of the whole "deal". It´s called empowerment. Perhaps staying sober/clean and spending time with loved ones, like his daughter, has made him see things a bit more clearly? If Jon is treating Richie like crap, then dump his ass!! Richie IS Bon Jovi as much as Jon and the rest of the band. The fact that Bon Jovi is the singers surname doesn´t mean he OWNS the whole band. Bloody rubbish if you ask me and never understood why the guys in the band accepted that bull****. Jon did a couple of solo cowboy tunes (wanted dead or alive clones) and a submarine movie. Hardly relevant today and I doubt that Jon will enjoy the same solo success today as he did in the 90´s.

535 days ago
35.

amazinglybored    

When egos collide, version 100000000. Is anyone surprised that Jon Bon Jovi is a dick though?

535 days ago
36.

really?    

Like it, or not, the "sound" of BonJovi is Jon's voice. That is who ticket buyers come to see, not Richie. Anyone can play guitar.

535 days ago
37.

vegas-mom-    

Drama kings!!

535 days ago
38.

DetroitRocks    

Sounds like a Van Halen issue where somebody in the group owns the band

535 days ago
39.

Sandy    

UMM...Don't get it twisted TMZ, although Richie lives in California his HOMETOWN is in NJ!!!!!!!

535 days ago
40.

Sandra     

Who cares! These guys are not relevant today!!

535 days ago
41.

B    

damnit. tell these 2 to keep it together until the tour is over. Do what other bands do. fly separate. play on stage. pretend to like eachother for 2 hours per night and do it again the next night. Then you can break up after the tour!!!

Too many people I know (including me!) spent too much money on these tickets not to see Richie perform!!!!!

535 days ago
42.

gary    

Jon is the most arrogant, rude and egotistical musician i have met. He calls himself a 1% er as the top of humanity. Richie finally grew some balls and is standing up to his jealousy and humiliation Jon has thrown towards him for years.

535 days ago
43.

Jesse    

Tmz and it's commenters are why North Korea should win

535 days ago
44.

Mason     

Jon you are not Springsteen or Dylan...lighten and just play your MOR songs and be happy.

535 days ago
45.

PSUSUE    

Richie is a drama queen!!! People go to see Jon, not Richie, so I doubt it will hurt the tour. Way to let all of the fans down Queen Richie!!

535 days ago
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