Richie Sambora won’t be present for the current leg of Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can” tour. The band posted the news on their website late yesterday (April 2), saying the guitarist’s absence was “due to personal issues” and that all shows will go on as scheduled.
Fan comments on BonJovi.com were mostly supportive. Typical was the reaction from “Stevie Kendrick,” who wrote, “I understand some of you are upset about Richie not being there and wanting refunds and all that jazz. However, shouldn't you be supporting the band in a time of need? As fans shouldn't we come together and support the band we love? Sending good thoughts and prayers to Richie and the Sambora family.” Hours before the announcement, Sambora tweeted that he was watching cover videos of a song from his recent solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown. Bon Jovi performs in Edmonton, Canada tonight (April 3). The current leg of the tour wraps up April 25 in San Jose, California.