Bon Jovi has been forced to postpone a number of shows following drummer Tico Torres' emergency appendectomy. The band postponed Tuesday's show (September 10th) in Mexico City after Torres was admitted to the American British Cowdray Hospital.
Jon Bon Jovi posted a detailed message to fans on the band's website, BonJovi.com, which reads in full:
Greetings from Mexico City.
Last night Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy. Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering in the care of his doctors at the American British Cowdray Hospital. We'd like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped our friend through this difficult time.
We'll remain here with Tico in Mexico City and will see him through his release. David and I spent the day with him at the hospital and Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. He wants everyone to know that it was his desire to perform. He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show but the doctors prevailed.
We know many of you make great efforts and travel from around the world to see us on tour. It remains our desire to give you the best that we have every night. We are sorry for any inconvenience this sudden change of plans may have caused. We'll re-schedule any dates that we can and will continue the tour through December. Check BonJovi.com for tour updates.
On behalf of the band, I'd like to thank all of you who support us throughout these challenges. See you soon. - JBJ
Guitarist Richie Sambora, who quit the band's tour early on in the trek, and whose status in the group remains unclear, tweeted a message of support for Torres, reading: "All my love, prayers and heart goes out to my brother, Tico. He's an amazing man, a true warrior, great artist and underestimated musician."
30 years into the band's career, Jon Bon Jovi told us that he's proud of the progress he's made, and regrets little because he ultimately stayed true to himself: "Y'know I was like ev. . . you were goal oriented and you were a kid and you were living in and of the moment and at 21, all I cared about was that first record. And y'know, at 25 you were caught up in -- you were blessed with the opportunity to have Slippery When Wet, so by the time that you were 50 -- and what I (laughs) did say when I was 25, I thank God, and I can stand up and tell you it came true, was that I didn't want to be 50, writin' 'bitch' on my belly, painting my fingernails black (laughs) -- y'know? Fortunately, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because I didn't."
UPDATED: Bon Jovi's Latin America Tour dates (subject to change):
September 20 - Rio de Janeiro, BR - Rock in Rio
September 22 - Sao Paulo, BR - Morumbi Stadium
September 24 - Santiago, CL - Estadio Monumental
September 26 - Buenos Aires, AR - Velez Sarsfield
September 29 - Mexico City, MX - Foro Sol