It's taken almost three months, but we've finally heard (as opposed to read and wondered) something from Richie Sambora's mouth about why the heck he isn't on tour with Bon Jovi. He spoke to RumorFix at a party for his clothing line Nikki Rich. Richie indicated that there were "family issues" (the family being his band) but he is confident everything will work out and he'll be back at some point later in the tour. He also got particularly defensive about any suggestion that he wasn't part of Bon Jovi anymore.
Richie Sambora On Return To Bon Jovi -- Exclusive
The sound is not great but this interview would indicate there has been some kind of dispute with Jon or the band from Richie's perspective, even though Jon has said they didn't have a fight and Richie just didn't show up in Calgary. I summarised what we had managed to glean about Samboragate at the end of May.