After 30 years with Bon Jovi, it has been reported that lead guitarist Richie Sambora has been fired following his absence from the band's recent tour. According to MTV News, Sambora removed himself from the Because We Can tour during April citing "personal reasons," and continued his truancy kick by cancelling his appearance at the Hyde Park concert.
Although Sambora was supposed to permanently return to the tour in September, RumourFix said that there was a disagreement over money as Sambora was ranking in $2 million a month, while his replacement was only making $10,000.
Sources claimed that Sambora truly wants to rejoin Bon Jovi. However, in a telling interview with Bon Jovi, it appears that Sambora may be considered an expendable member of the band.
"Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here... unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edge, and he for some reason couldn't make a U2 show, it would be very difficult to just step in," Bon Jovi said, according to Star Pulse.
Jon Bon Jovi's brother, Matt Bongiovi, even got involved in the Bon Jovi rumors, shooting down a Twitter user who said that the band was no help to Sambora when he was recovering from alcoholism."@JBJsWildflower LMAO really...," Bongiovi tweeted. "we take it very serious and supported him while he was sober."
He also added on his Twitter feed that, "only one person can say what truly happened. Everything out there is false. Sure the hell not money or egos as I have said many times over."
It is not all doom and gloom for Sambora, however, as the guitarist will continue receiving royalty checks from band merchandise and songs that he co-wrote.
Additionally, according to the Huffington Post, Sambora released a new song called "Come Back As Me," which made fans believe was directed at Bon Jovi's lead singer — a rumor Sambora denied. "This songs gettin' some traction, so I would sincerely appreciate any help," he tweeted. "BTW this has nothin' to do with Jon..."
In light of Sambora's departure, the band will be continuing their tour in South America as of next month, then will travel to North America during October and December.