Snip, Snap, Snipe! Richie Sambora is taking a break from the band Bon Jovi, but not handling the backlash. Sambora told the UK’s Daily Mail that he’s not happy with what Jon Bon Jovi is saying, or trying not to say to the press.
Bon Jovie has been fielding the Sambora question since early April, when the guitarist suddenly left Bon Jovi’s spring tour without explanation. Earlier this week Jon told London’s “Evening Standard” it was “getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something” about Sambora, but explained that his bandmate’s absence was “for personal reasons.”
JBJ also implied that Sambora was dealing with an addiction issue, saying Sambora has “been through it before.”
Answering these statements from Bon Jovi, Sambora, in the “Daily Mail” article, says he doesn’t have “any major problems in life right now,” and he’s not battling with substance abuse issues. While Sambora won’t say exactly what’s going on, he implies that the problems are between him and Jon.Sambora speculates that Jon “wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself,” because the singer is “making it very difficult” for him to return to the band.
While on this latest Bon Jovi tour, Jon says the band is fortunate that “the same guy who filled in last time was available this time.” Guitarist Phil “Phil X” Xenidis, who subbed for Sambora during Richie’s 2011 stint in rehab, is once again filling in for Sambora.