Bon Jovi struggles for silence on Sambora
Jon Bon Jovi admits he’s struggling to keep his mouth shut over Richie Sambora’s absence from the band.
The guitarist didn’t appear as planned for the current leg of their world tour last month – and the message only arrived at 3.30pm on the first show day in Calgary.
Since then the singer has fielded queries over the situation, saying the pair haven’t fallen out and it’s not about money. Sambora himself has only tweeted two brief comments, the later on saying: “Hey everybody, just want you all to know I’m all good. Thanks for the positive vibes.”
Now he tells the Standard: “It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just say something. Because all I can say is this: it’s for personal reasons.
“He’s been through it before. Fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time. If someone chooses not to be here… If The Edge for some reason couldn’t make a U2 show, it would be very difficult to just step in.”
Reflecting on Sambora’s position he says: “You have a choice. You either figure it out, go and grow, not only survive but thrive – or you say, ‘I hate my brother and I’m gonna quit the band.’”
Bon Jovi UK tour 2013
Jun 8: Manchester Etihad Stadium
Jun 9: Birmingham Villa Park
Jun 12: Cardiff City Stadium
Jun 13: Sunderland Stadium Of Light
Jun 15: Dublin Slaine Castle
Jun 16: Isle of Wight Festival
Jul 3: Glasgow Hampden Park
Jul 5: British Summer Time Festival, London
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