Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be reuniting with Bon Jovi for the Livin’ On A Prayer legends gig at London’s Hyde Park on 12th July, but he’s aiming to be back in the band just in time for the Australia leg of their Because We Can tour.
Sambora has hinted that the “personal matter” that led to him quitting the band’s world tour back in April was a falling out with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, telling The Sun that he wouldn’t be rejoining the band in the UK:
“I am not going to be on stage at Hyde Park sadly. It’s just not happening right now. I truly want to be there and I feel very sad for the fans that I won’t be performing. I love the fans, I love the band. Jon and I have been tight for like 30 years, so all of this is very sad and it affects so many people around us.”
But the axeman has suggested he may reconcile with the band later in the year, saying, “It will be resolved… Let’s see what happens at the end of summer. September’s looking good. So, maybe September.” That’s great news for Aussie fans, with the rockers bringing their Because We Can tour our way this December.
The rift has previously been blamed on everything from rumours of drug and alcohol problems to Jon’s wife Dorothea firing Sambora, and although JBJ himself went on Ellen to clear up the issue, his explanation didn’t really shed any light on the situation.
Let’s hope, whatever the problem is, it’s resolved before December. Because they can.
(via Contact Music)