Bon Jovi supports Richie Sambora
April 29th, 2011
04:32 PM ET

Bon Jovi supports Richie Sambora

The band Bon Jovi is not commenting on reports that their guitarist Richie Sambora has left their tour to check into rehab, but they are offering him good wishes.

"Our support for Richie is absolute. He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi," the band said in a statement. "Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return. In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour."

Bon Jovi has multiple tour dates coming up in the states and abroad.


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  1. bluebell

    Anyone thought that maybe Richie wanted the shows to go on?

    May 26, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tracey

    Richie get well soon,I wish you all the best and pray that you will soon have peace of mind and health. You give us all so much joy and right now the most important thing is your health,DO IT FOR YOU,and to Jon your such a wonderful loyal friend to Richie, friends like you are very hard to find. Again Richie you get strong in body and mind FOR YOU,and just keep away from idiot's in the high life get back to your roots. x .

    May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. FeralDJ

    Just saw the show last night in Houston. No, Richie wasn't there and he was certainly missed. But, the kid they have filling in did a great job (He's from Houston, so there was a home-coming for him of sorts). The show was fantastic. Jon was up and pumped, and the music was spot on. I did miss the playfullness that JBJ and Richie have together. But the show went on, and I didn't feel I had wasted my money in the slightest.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    The show must go on and I think any fan with half a brain would understand that. These dates were booked months ago (with contracts) and put on sale not long after that, there are people around the world waiting for this show and canceling isn't an option. Understand that the Bon Jovi organization employs around 200 people, you can't derail everything for one guy. Look back at Jovi's tour history, this is a working band that goes to all lengths to meet their commitments.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Krissy

    To the ones being childish saying that John and Richie are smoochers and all that.... GROW UP!!! And it is dificult to just cancel shows as some mentioned people do come from all over. i have been to a few concerts of theirs and people have come from canada and all over the US so you just can"t cancel when they have made all these plans that cost big bucks! I give the band a lot of credit to go on with out there lead guitarist ,either way it is not an easy decision. They are a great performing band and just the kind of band that can pull it off. Richie all the best, get well soon and come back please!!! :)

    May 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Me

    With a band as big as this one and a tour as massive as this tour, with fans traveling from all over the world, it would have been horrible for JBJ to cancel or reschedule! Airline tickets–rental cars–hotels = big $$ bucks $$ and many, many angry fans!

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @N

    @B lo me & Sunshine Girl* he was shot in the head around 3a.m. this morning.

    May 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. madhater

    They were cool when I was ten, I should've known better;(

    May 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. B lo me

    I sure could go for a big black d!ck in my mouth.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. charlie crack heads of fakers

    Osaaama?? You alive.....? Did the big bad USA SMOKE YOU...? Oh im so sorry! Go burn in hell!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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    May 2, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sunshine Girl*

    I'm with B lo me. What is happening to Osama?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. B lo me

    What happened to Bin Laden?

    May 2, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. charlie crack

    Bin laden's show got postponed! We are very sorry we smoked him- sincerely, THE US OF MOTHA PHUCKN A!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Superhiro

    @Head Troll In Charge want to have $@*!!

    May 2, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  16. charlie crack

    Jon bon jovi also supports the USO AND OUR TROOPS! Bye osama! The USA doesnt phuck around! Sha na na na hey hey gooodbye! What a day for america, forget a stupid wedding of royal hoopla!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  17. @N

    @b lo me thank u for sayin dat!!it took me awhile to understand!!but i write text but i hav silly writing.

    May 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. B lo me

    @ troll. You must have got so worked up your spelling went awry. Hope you get lube at San Quentin.

    May 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  19. @N

    jbj & other bands r cancelled or postponed all the time.its completly normal.the only problem is some people get mad & talk sh!t!!

    May 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Head Troll in Charge

    better than you?

    May 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Head Troll in Charge

    @ryan seacrest: the only chubby pickle you've seen is your own. glad those yoga classes are workin' for ya. who knows how to blow you etter thasn you?b

    May 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ryan seacrest

    Yes. I heard he enjoys the chubby pickle...

    May 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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  24. willow

    HAPPY MAY ! SUMMERTIME IS ALMOST HERE !

    May 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Repo Man

    He is right!!!! The gas prices are too fricken high!!! I have to choose between paying my full rent or food this month because I have to pay too much at the fricken pump!!! Bush is a baby boomer and since the Republicans won the seats that when the gas prices went up!!! There are all baby boomers! Baby boomers rockers are cool though.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. B lo me

    @sunshine girl everyrhing is ok it was just heavy wind and rain the power was out a couple hours but im ok. how has things been with you

    April 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. punk w no name

    JBJ and RS shoulda retired years ago. Just wasn't that good to begin with, now old and boring.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Greedo

    I'd probably be addicted to some kind of substance as well if total strangers gave me zillions of dollars even though I had zero guitar playing talent. How the heck is this guy famous?

    April 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. peacemonger

    yeah...so supportive that they are continuing their tour without Richie even though he's the number 2 man in that band...I guess there's basically too much dough rapped up in the whole thing. The show and the business must go on...especially for Bon Jovi. Its all about the bottom line for this band.

    April 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  30. No way

    Come on! What NS on JBJ. We're like brothers, we are there for him but we will continue anyway. No Sambora, no Bon JOvi

    April 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kelly

    Extremely disappointed they are not rescheduling the dates.....I have tickets for next week and feel ripped off. I wouldn't go see the Stones without Keith Richards...please cancel and reschedule!!!

    April 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 30, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jello Shots

    The fricken baby boomers are the ones that f*u*ked up this country with they greed! the gas prices are just too damn high!

    April 30, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • lesley

      What have baby boomers and high gas prices got to do with Jon Bon Jovi? Let's blame someone...Without baby boomers, there would be no rock music!

      May 1, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  34. @Sunshine Girl*

    I hope these trolls didn't messed up your friendship with b lo me. They really wrote some mean things. Just saying :)

    April 30, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sunshine Girl *

    @B lo me..Havent heard from you. I hope you made it thru the storms ok. Just a little concerned. How about rocking out w/Bon Jovi?

    April 30, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sunshine Girl *

    I agree that all shows be postponed until Richie finishes his rehab stay. Tickets can be refunded. Concerts can be rescheduled. Happens all the time in this industry so its not that big of a problem. Would not be fair to fans and ticket holders to continue the venue with a replacement or without Sambora. Fans want the whole/real Bon Jovi. Rehab is important for him to get well. Cannot be postponed. Hope they make a decision that satisfies all the fans. Get well Richie! Been listening to you for 30 yrs now!

    April 30, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  37. Beautiful Vixen

    @ Fake Beautiful Vixen..*rolling eyes* ehh. .I don't know whether to laugh or cry but you did managed to put a lazy smirk on my face. Night now.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Beautiful Vixen

    just like the current administration supports muslim terrorist.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Beautiful Vixen

    these is some progressive american males. they are so sensitive. i bet they carry chairman maos book in their shirt pocket. hopefully the money we pay in taxes will support them and their socialist friends.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Beautiful Vixen

    well they sure arent married to or dating anyone wonderful like kate middleton. she is so beautiful and wonderful she makes the world a wonderful place.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Montreal

    Nat75. You make good points. But bands must have some form of insurance for things like these? As for the fans travelling I think that that is minimal compared to the fans who want to see the full band and not just half of the creative force. I know it would be a nightmare to reschedule with the venues but it's just not right for the fans.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBJovigirl

      Montreal, let me see if I have this right. You feel it's perfectly fine for me to lose $800.00 in airfare, $350.00 in non-refundable hotel costs and the aggravation of trying to reschedule vacation time, however you feel it's unacceptable that you've spent $150.00 (maximum) on a concert ticket that will still allow you see the band, albiet minus one member. Yep, that's logic!!

      Here's a newflash for you...50% of the people in the pit have spent the same kind of money I have and travelled long distances to be there.

      May 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  42. Beautiful Vixen

    Jeezes that the best insult you can come up when using my name...hmm?

    April 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Hunybuny

    I agree that the tour should be postponed! I have waited 20 years to see them and am a die hard fan. I really want to see ALL the band not a replacement. Please reconsider!

    April 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  44. hairgrell

    Support rehab...but should postpone concerts until he is out...I paid almost $200 for my ticket and now I will only see half the show...will not be the same...

    April 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • P T Barnum

      Step right up ladies and gentlemen. See the world famous Unicorn, The girl with two goobers and the long defunct yet highly overrated band that is appreciated by T-Girls and Fat Women Worldwide...BON JOVI!!

      May 2, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Krissy

      Believe when I tell ya, I am a die hard and would be devastated if Richie was not there especialy if was my first concert but really it isn't half the concert. I don't mean to be picky but I like for David and Ticco to get credit that they soooo deserve as well. :)

      May 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Montreal

    This is a rip-off. Why JBJ decided to carry on is beyond me. Should have postponed the tour. Jagger-Richards, Bono-Edge, Bon Jovi-Sambora. I come to the the band not just JBJ. Sucks big time – disappointed with JBJ. And to Richie, all the best buddy. Get well.

    April 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • nat75

      it isnt easy to just cancel or postpone a tour, lots of fans come to concerts from all over, they have tickets airline tickets sometimes,etc...there are a lot of people who work with bon jovi, not just the band members. if they postpone some fans will be upset if they dont others will be upset. there isnt an easy answer.

      April 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  46. nameless punk

    still can't get past JBJ in a vampire movie, driving thru the desert with a frickin' SURFBOARD in his jeep! whatupwitdat???

    April 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sebastian Van Goober

    Ritchie has been snarking down John Bon-Bon for years. They both are flaming weeny smoochers.

    May 2, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |

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