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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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46.

Barbara Doppes    

i don't think it's either jovi or sambora - i think it's that christian karate chopping 'Dorothea Hurley' bitch jovi (babe) - been married to for 24years-

546 days ago
47.

Eva    

Ball**** stupid bastards!!!

546 days ago
48.

john weston    

I just read a book called Johnny Cash is a Friend of Mine about the owner of the Kramer Guitar Co. friednship with Johnny Cash and he spills the beans in entire chapter on what an ******* Jon Bon Jovi Serious dirt about JBJ or maybe BJ might be better initials for him! HAHAHA

546 days ago
49.

maria    

Whatever got your panties in a bunch Richie, suck it up. It's about your fans or lack of if you keep up all these problems in your life, and they have stuck by you...so far.

546 days ago
50.

zombie    

Do people actually go see this band still? They weren't even good in their prime. They sure as fvck are not in the league w/ The Stones and should NEVER be compared w/Mick and Keith.

546 days ago
51.

marbles    

I was at the concert last night in Calgary & it was fantabulous!!! BonJovi donated $100,000.00 to a local charity.....Didn't seem like many people really missed Ritchie.

546 days ago
52.

PokerStar    

People pay to see Bon Jovi ????

546 days ago
53.

Lucy    

These two are not even in the same universe as Jagger and Richards. It's a joke to mention them in the same breath.

546 days ago
54.

golittleperson    

If it is over $, I hope Richie will tough it up for the fans sake who have already spent so much to see the band on tour - including him. With out Richie, I would not want to go. Wish Richie nothing but the best, he is a very talented writer and musician who deserves much more credit than he is given. We cancers play tough shelled outside, but really are just tenderhearts. As to the cruel posts, If you don't care, why are you reading the article? Jelous much.

546 days ago
55.

RealityBites    

Everyone knows Jon gets all the money and the other guys are considered his "employees" total bullsh**t about time someone stood up for themself!!

546 days ago
56.

Irma    

they are like brothers. they will make up eventually.

546 days ago
57.

jabberjaws    

bon jovi blows. the 80's are over.

546 days ago
58.

bbwlover1969    

The band's name is Bon Jovi, not Sambora.

546 days ago
59.

Gargamel    

Jon is Bon Jovi so quit your whining!

546 days ago
60.

Karrina    

I love 'Bon Jovi but Jon does not give Richie the praise he deserves. He keeps Richie in the background all the time. They should be equally showcased

546 days ago
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