Is Richie Sambora Leaving Bon Jovi Over $$$?
We had the story yesterday of Richie Sambora not touring with Bon Jovi this month due to “personal reasons.” Is he headed back to rehab, or is it about the money?
RICHIE SAMBORA has left the band's current tour. A statement posted on their site says, quote, "Due to personal issues, Richie will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."
--They didn't elaborate . . . so naturally, there's talk that he may have fallen off the wagon again. Two years ago, Richie skipped 13 shows to go to rehab for alcoholism. It was his third stint in rehab.
--But maybe not . . . yesterday, Richie Tweeted, quote, "Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay in L.A. to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."
--Meanwhile, TMZ says Richie is clean . . . and this is about a "war" that has "exploded" between Richie and JON BON JOVI. Supposedly, they're fighting over money, and Richie is upset because he thinks Jon treats him like crap.
--A "source" says, quote, "It's a classic Jagger / Richards blowup." (--Yeah. Totally classic.) (???) Obviously, if that's the case, Richie could return whenever he and Jon are able to patch things up . . . that is, if they can.
--Regardless, the current leg of the tour runs through April 25th in San Jose. Next month, they head to South Africa for a couple shows, before beginning a European tour that runs through July 5th. Then they return to the U.S.