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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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Ruzanne    

I hope this gets settled soon :(

513 days ago
107.

GaborZoltanBarna    

I do not know what is fully going on here and will not jump to conclusions until all facts have been provided. I will say this though. I am disappointed with Richie pulling out, because he will be disappointing the fans that paid to see him. He could always sleep in a different hotel, and only unite when they played. He should not have pulled out because that hurts the people that made him successful, the fans!

513 days ago
108.

It's Me    

jon bon jove seems like he is full of himself anyway

513 days ago
109.

StJackie    

Blaze of Glory Album was the best ever.. who needs the actual Bon Jovi band when he can do it solo.

513 days ago
110.

Maya    

I don't blame him. Jon is an @sshole. And by the way, Richie's hometown is actually Woodbridge, NJ he lives in L.A. (I know, I'm an idiot, blah, blah, blah)

513 days ago
111.

Geraldine    

MISSED YOU TONIGHT IN EDMONTON>>>>JUST WAS'NT THE SAME WITHOUT YOUR PASSION!!!!!!!

513 days ago
112.

Ammar Midani    

Jon be good to Richie

513 days ago
113.

Cool Breeze    

Over rated band and lead singer is in love with himself..

513 days ago
114.

natalie    

they been together too long for this to happen it all gossip, plus even if true that what happens bet guitarists and lead singers on pay side of things as my brother went through this in his band

513 days ago
115.

Anonymous    

Bon Jovi is a glorified bar band.

513 days ago
116.

Kevin    

Richie Sambora should have bailed 20 years ago and started his own band,The reason he did not is because of the easy money and that desire to just collect those huge checks and stand behind Jon.He is finally becoming his own Man after so many years of Substance Abuse he is tired of kissing Jon's ass,and becoming a man starting to heal and become mature,Good Job Richie,start your own Super Group with pro Musicians and YOU will succeed if you want to really work for a living,God Bless and good luck Pisano.Kevin

513 days ago
117.

rommel    

Who cares?

513 days ago
118.

someone    

Ive been a fan for a long time, these guys have been together as a band for close to 30 years, i hardly think Jon treats him bad, hes a hugh part of the band, and very talented in his own right, one of the best guitar players in the world..IMO..whatever the problem is, i know they will work it out...went to see them in Cleveland, they put on one hell of a show....

513 days ago
119.

Meadow    

I have been a Bon Jovi fan for years and along with a few of my girlfrieds have attended many concerts, watched interviews, read publications, etc. Never once did Jon Bon Jovi "belittle" Ritchie - everyone knows they write the music together and Jon has never suggested otherwise. Ritchie has always been included in interviews and is Jon's right hand man! Jon is the visionary of his company - the CEO - he developed the dream and the band has followed. Don't pin this on Jon or create a story where it doesn't exist for ratings. Jon and the band have stood by Ritchie through his troubled years - as they have stood by each other like brothers would.

513 days ago
120.

Debs626    

Never convince me that it's Jon's fault, sounds like a jealously thing that has been brewing for a long, long time.

513 days ago
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