Monday, April 22, 2024

Richie Sambora NOT Leaving Bon Jovi, Just Not Playing This Tour


Richie Sambora, guitarist extraordinaire, has NOT been fired from Bon Jovi. He’s not leaving the band after 30 years, as US Weekly has been proclaiming since early this afternoon. I’ve got it straight from the inside. What did happen: since Richie is not the fall Bon Jovi tour, his tech guys were let go rather than be paid to do nothing. So Sambora is not on this leg of the tour. What’s happened between him and Jon Bon Jovi? Let’s just say they have “issues.” Will Richie play on the next Bon Jovi album? It’s likely. US Weekly seems to have taken the story that Richie wasn’t on the tour and played “telephone” with it. Like all Bon Jovi fans, I can only hope that Jon and Richie mend their fences soon and get back to work making great music.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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