Bon Jovi power struggle claim ‘not true’
Jon Bon Jovi has slammed tabloid suggestions that he and Richie Sambora have fallen out in a power struggle over control of the band.
But Bon Jovi admits to The Statesman: “I think Richie’s doing alright. I haven’t spoken to him.
“We were surprised. It was 3.30 on show day on Tuesday, and we got a call that he wouldn’t be there. It’s a personal matter. Don’t believe what you read on TMZ – because it’s the furthest thing from the truth.”
Session man Phil X is playing guitar on the road. He stepped in two years ago while Sambora attended rehab.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi says there’s a reason he wrote his track The Fighter on his own, while all the other songs on new album What About Now are co-written.
“My kids started talking about their dad, and really wanted to know more about who I am,” he explains. “They have this skewed notion that I’m that guy they hear on records, and hear parents of their friends talk about,
“We had to have a long conversation in the past year, that that’s just what they see. It’s not anything to do with who I am.
“One day I sat down and wrote the song as though it were a letter to the kids.”
There’s another reason he continues to remain open to collaboration: “This is a ‘we’ band, not a ‘me’ band,” he states.