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Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform at "12-12-12" a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy on December 12, 2012 in New York City.
Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour.
The band, on its website, cited “personal issues.” The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given.
Hours before the announcement late Tuesday, Sambora tweeted that he was “Watching more of the ‘Every Road Leads Home to You’ cover videos.” That was a reference to a fan contest promoting a song on his solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown.
The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab.
Bon Jovi is slated to perform in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday and the current leg of the tour is scheduled to end April 25 in San Jose, Calif. The door doesn’t include any East Coast dates.
Bon Jovi formed in Sayreville, N.J. in 1983 and has been a Philly favorite almost from the start.
Jon Bon Jovi has deep roots in the area including once owning the Philadelphia Soul arena football team and working with Project HOME.