Jon Bon Jovi says Richie Sambora is still a member of Bon Jovi, despite his sudden departure from the band’s current North American tour.
Bon Jovi has said “personal issues” are behind Sambora’s absence, but won’t go into detail – although he previously slammed tabloid rumours that the pair had fallen out in a struggle over control of the band.
Speaking on Ellen Degeneres’ TV chat show this week, the singer said: “All I can say, honest to God, is that it’s a personal matter, but we love him very much. He’s absolutely still a member of the band.”
Just after his sudden departure Sambora tweeted that he “had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter.” He later added: “Hey everybody, just want you all to know I’m all good. Thanks for the positive vibes.”
Bon Jovi said the secret of the band’s longevity is: “We like each other. We all have a lot of give and take.” Looking back over their career he reflected: “You had to love each other. You had to go through some ups and downs, but in the big picture, you had to really like each other.”
The band completed their US tour last night, then head to South Africa and Europe, reaching the UK in June.
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