Richie Sambora Skipping Bon Jovi Tour Dates Due to "Personal Issues"

Celebrity News Apr. 3, 2013 AT 6:50PM
Richie Sambora will not be performing on the upcoming leg of Bon Jovi's tour due to "personal issues." Richie Sambora will not be performing on the upcoming leg of Bon Jovi's tour due to "personal issues." Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty

A last-minute change to Bon Jovi's Because We Can tour has been made: Richie Sambora will not be performing. The band announced the surprising news on their website Wednesday, April 3.

"Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg," read the statement. "All shows will go on as scheduled."

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No further information was released regarding Sambora's sudden departure from the show. The 53-year-old guitarist, who was married to actress Heather Locklear from 1994 to 2007 and split from girlfriend Denise Richards in June 2012, missed 13 shows during the band's Bon Jovi Live tour in 2011 due to his decision to enter rehab. Sambora previously underwent treatment for alcoholism in 2007, and in 2008 he was arrested for drunk driving.

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According to TMZ sources, however, Sambora dropping out of the tour is a result of a fight between himself Jon Bon Jovi. Sambora was recently seen spending Easter with his 15-year-old daughter, Ava, on vacation in Hawaii.

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Bon Jovi is set to perform in Edmonton, Alberta on April 3 and will then continue on to 14 other cities in Canada and the U.S. In May, the group will travel to South Africa, followed by two months in Europe and then back to the U.S.

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