Jovites hoping that Bon Jovi’s estranged lead guitarist, Richie Sambora, would be making a triumphant return to the band for some of their remaining world tour dates will have to keep living on a prayer for that to happen.
RumorFix is reporting that Sambora has been sacked from their ongoing Because We Can tour. Sambora has been a notable absence from the band since April when he pulled out of a Canadian gig shortly before they were set to take to the stage. Citing “personal reasons” no further details have emerged from either camp about his absence. The band appeared in London’s Hyde Park at the beginning of July as part of the British Summer Time concert series and Sambora had expressed a wish to be a part of that gig. However, he cancelled that appearance as well though stated he would reunite with the band in September.
RumorFix quotes sources close to the band who are saying that Sambora’s axing is down to a disagreement about money and that the differences are “irreconcilable”. Before he pulled out of the tour, Sambora was earning about $2 million a month as well as 20% profits from their shows. In comparison, Philip “Phil X” Xenidis (Sambora’s replacement) is earning around $10,000 a month.
Bon Jovi’s world tour still includes dates in South America, North America, Japan and Australia before wrapping in mid-December. Whether Sambora will rejoin the band following the end of the tour is currently not known, though it’s hard to imagine the rock band without him.