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Richie Sambora on Jon Bon Jovi: 'we just ran out of communication'

Richie Sambora spoke candidly about his status in Bon Jovi during a new interview with Classic Rock magazine. Sambora, who recently wrapped a series of European dates with special guest Orianthi, and is now prepping a live album from the trek, was asked point blank if there’s any sign of him returning to Bon Jovi. He said, “I cannot shun 30 years of prosperity and musical communication. I didn’t want to go back on the road as quickly as the others. It won’t a very popular decision (to sit out the tour) but I’ve no malice. Sometimes you need to be a man and stand up for yourself. My family needed me."

Sambora was a no-show starting on April 2nd, 2013 at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. As they did during Sambora's 2011 hiatus, the band soldiered on, touring the globe selling out stadiums with session guitarist Phil Xenidis once again filling in for Sambora.

When asked when he last spoke to Jon Bon Jovi, he said, “A couple of months back. Let me tell ya, when you’ve been on planes and stages and in cars with somebody for 30 years, you need a break. It’s like being married. There’s no problem between us. We just ran out of communication”

When we last caught up with Jon Bon Jovi we asked him if there was any change in the situation that's split Sambora and Bon Jovi: "Same thing I've said since day one: personal issue. It's. . . we miss 'im. . . um. . . love 'im, and he's welcome back when he's ready. And that's all I can tell you. There's not a definitive date. He's going through some stuff. It's difficult for me too, but that's the story.”

In other Bon Jovi news: reported Jon Bon Jovi accept the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to benefit the ALS Foundation in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the video, Bon Jovi nominated three other people to take the challenge -- his Bon Jovi band mates David Bryan, Tico Torres -- and estranged guitarist Richie Sambora.

Doing the honors of dumping tube ice water on Bon Jovi was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Side Notes:

• Recently released is the massive "Super Deluxe Edition" of Bon Jovi’s 1988 chart-topper, New Jersey. In addition to the two CD/DVD version, the set -- which is the start of the band’s 30th anniversary reissue campaign -- will also feature a single CD and digital version, and a double disc deluxe edition.

• New Jersey, which was Bon Jovi’s fourth album, was released on September 19th, 1988, and was the first released with the band already superstars following the success of 1986’s Slippery When Wet.

• The most eagerly anticipated portion of the new set is the first official release of the Bon Jovi's legendary demos for the proposed double album version of New Jersey, originally named Sons Of Beaches.

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