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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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91.

Danny    

I'll speculate it has something to do with Richie's ex and a bigger reason why he's spending a lot of time with his daughter. We already saw what happened with Jon's daughter.

531 days ago
92.

jerseygirl    

Story is untrue according to Bon Jovi, Matthew Bongiovi and Sambora himself. Cruel depiction of an upstanding group of talented men. I ate at Soul Kitchen this weekend and the staff raved about the entire Bongiovi family. Hack reporting on this one.

531 days ago
93.

say what?    

Jon did an interview a couple years back about the dry air in Vegas and how he didn't like this place. But, he's performs here every other month. He's also touring with Kings of Suburbia. So, I guess it doesn't really matter who he plays with as long as he's raking in the dough.

531 days ago
94.

snowboardchick    

That's why the band is called 'Bon Jovi' and not Sambora.

531 days ago
95.

Bu    

And you wonder why Jon Bon Jovi's daughter overdosed on Heroin. Jon is so full of himself He wants to be the most powerful person in the room no matter what or whose dignity is distroyed. No one can say no to him...Poor Richie Joe Perry should go out with Jon and Richie needs to play with Steven Tyler for a while..there ya go.

531 days ago
96.

Elle    

For what it's worth, Richie Tweeted tonight that he was doing well, was in LA taking care of a personal issue, loved his fans and hoped to see them again 'very soon.' Meanwhile, Jon dedicated 'Wanted' to Richie at the show tonight and said, "
"Life always has a few bumps in the road...he will be back"

531 days ago
97.

Truth    

Jagger/ Richards???? Yeah right.....more like Beavis and Butthead

531 days ago
98.

JrzGrl    

These 2 are no Jagger/Richards. More like Tom & Jerry.

531 days ago
99.

Grace    

Uh...that father/daughter pose looks creepy to me. I've never stood THAT close to my dad! yuck!

531 days ago
100.

John    

I'm hear to tell you that Richie Sambora is one of the GOOD guys in the music business. Fame has never gone to his head, and he really is just a regular guy. A few bumps in the road, like any body else, but he would give you the shirt off his back. No ego at all, just a really talented guitarist and writer.

531 days ago
101.

Rob    

Sorry, I am not feeling any love for Sambora. Two sides to every story and we only hear one side. Two giant ego's on the stage. Sambora always acts like he's the reason for the groups success.

531 days ago
102.

Rockin    

He didn't leave I left the smoke machine on so ya cant see him hes retarted I hear hes out bangin dope with jovis daughter

531 days ago
103.

Rockin    

The dudes retarted

531 days ago
104.

FrankOtheMountain    

Jagger/Richards? I don't think so.....
Bon Jewvey being a cheapskate? Yeah, what else is new?

Please end this fake charade of a band already.

531 days ago
105.

dave    

bon-jovi is a pain in the ass,i worked with him backstage on tour,big cry baby

531 days ago
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