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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


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.


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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Dee Dee Duffy    

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Give them time to figure this out........everyone suffers, the band & the fans. I will continue to support this awesome band.

567 days ago


I remember seeing an interview with JBJ and he's there declaring that it's ok if he cheats on his wife.. and years later, their daughter gets hooked on heroin? Can't blame her for needing something to erase memories of her pompous ass father.

567 days ago


Having worked backstage for several of there shows here I always found Jon to be arrogant and definitely noticed Ritchie and David both got the hired hands treatment. Compare that to Def Leppard who treated eachother as equals. Jon may have been the Visionary but the Talent is with David and Ritchie. ( and they can still sing, unlike Jon). I say good for Ritchie! David should follow out that door

567 days ago


Jon owns the band & the name. All other band members are "employees" & are paid a salary.

567 days ago

Busy Mom    

If this is truly the reason that Sambora is no longer on tour, then GROW UP BOTH OF YOU. You put together this tour as a BAND and you should live up to your word and complete the tour in its entirety, AS A BAND. Your fans have made it their priority to attend your shows, and that may mean arrangements for travel/childcare/work etc. Please work it out and continue on as Bon Jovi.

567 days ago


Who cares? Jon doesn't even need him. He is the lead and everyone comes to see him.

567 days ago


I Don't Believe This For A Minute!

567 days ago

John MP    

Jon Bon Jovi ... Ritchie Sambora ... argue .. what? Wait?! That's his daughter!?!!

567 days ago


I just seen Bon Jovi (free tickets) last night in Edmonton. Jovi said Richie was dealing with personal issues but he was going to rock us for 2 1/2 hrs. I'm not a Jovi fan but for a 51 yr old he put on a great show. The fill in guitarist was great

567 days ago


Its good to know that "us" fans gave Richie the luxury to not tour when doesn't want to. I hope he has enough $$$$ till Jon takes him back for the LA show.

567 days ago

Uncle Rufus    

Nothing like a FAKE FEUD to drum up PUBLICITY! Oh, Richie's got ONE HOT DAUGHTER...wonder if he's BANGIN' HER?

567 days ago


The difference between Mick and Keith is they still stayed and toured. They never forgot that the people paying for that zipline Hawaiin vacation is the fans and ticket sales. I don't remember ever being able to not go to work because someone I didn't get along with someone I worked with.

567 days ago


TMZ.. check your facts... Although Richie may reside in LA.. His hometown is WOODBRIDGE, NJ.... Thanks

567 days ago


Everyone thinks the Stones are so great but they were only great for their time. The 60's and 70's are over too so get over the Stones. Their songs, like any other groups stand up for their time and fans. Others who are older or younger will not appreciate it and think that someone else is better. The Stones just had a new song that isn't doing too well and they have had a lot of internal band problems with Jagger always taking the spotlight. Isn't it his lips that makes up their logo???

567 days ago


Dont know if i can trust this article A) Because its TMZ B) Because LA is not Richie's hometown jersey is hmmm

567 days ago
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