Jon Bon Jovi gave some details about Richie Sambora's absence from Bon Jovi's current tour -- but still stopped short of gibing any definitive answers as to why. Bon Jovi, who's currently on the road with the band in Europe spoke candidly about the situation with Sambora to The Daily Mirror, explaining, "He's not fired, we didn't have a fight, it certainly isn't about money. We go back 30 years. He can return when he is ready to die every night the way I walk on the stage. It's different without Richie. No one's mad, no one's sad."
He recalled how he found out that Sambora was going to miss his first show of the already launched North American leg -- and eventually the rest of the shows to date: "We were all in Calgary, Richie was going to turn up on show day but we went the night before because it's a long flight. At 3:30 P.M. on show day, the phone rang, and it was Paul the manager, and he said 'Guess what?,'and he didn't even have to finish the sentence. I said, 'You're kidding.' We went on that night. I haven't seen Richie since."
Bon Jovi, who performs tonight (May 21st) in Oslo, Norway, went on to say: "Fortunately because we had been through it before, we performed that night. We couldn't let down the fans. He went on reveal that in regards to connecting with Sambora while the band is on the road, he claims that he's "spoken to him once in six weeks and 18 shows" since Sambora walked off the tour.
Jon Bon Jovi, is no stranger to wearing many hats professionally. He told us that his side gig as a movie actor is far easier than running Bon Jovi year in, year out: "In the world of film, I'm the bass player, so I just show up, do my part, and go home, y'know? And then, in the music business, I'm the director, the producer, the star, and, y'know, the whole ten yards, and that's a lot of work."
Bon Jovi North American tour dates (subject to change):
July 12 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
July 18 - Dearborn, MI - Ford Field
July 20 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium
July 25, 27 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
October 25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Bon Jovi's new album, What About Now, has scored the New Jersey rockers their fifth Number One album -- and third back-to-back chart-topper.
Canadian guitarist Phil X -- real name Theofilos Xenidis -- is once again subbing for Richie Sambora. The guitarist had covered Sambora's parts in 2011 when he had to leave the tour for his third stint in rehab.
Over the years, Phil X has played with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee's Methods Of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, and Chris Daughtry, among many others.