The Because We Can Tour was scheduled to resume in Mexico City on September 10, but the band was forced to cancel when Tico Torres had an emergency appendectomy. New dates for this concert, as well as scheduled shows in Santiago, Chile and Bueno Aires, Argentina have been announced on BonJovi.com.
Jon Bon Jovi issued the following statement on the website:
Greetings from Mexico City.
Last night Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy. Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is now recovering in the care of his doctors at the American British Cowdray Hospital. We’d like to thank the doctors, nurses and all the hospital staff who helped our friend through this difficult time.
We’ll remain here with Tico in Mexico City and will see him through his release. David and I spent the day with him at the hospital and Tico sends his thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. He wants everyone to know that it was his desire to perform. He even promised the doctors he would come back for the surgery right after the show but the doctors prevailed.
We know many of you make great efforts and travel from around the world to see us on tour. It remains our desire to give you the best that we have every night. We are sorry for any inconvenience this sudden change of plans may have caused. We’ll re-schedule any dates that we can and will continue the tour through December. Check BonJovi.com for tour updates.
On behalf of the band, I’d like to thank all of you who support us throughout these challenges.
See you soon. - JBJ
Phil X sent his best wishes when the concert was first postponed:
so bummed about tonight's show being cancelled & sending super healing vibes to Tico.— Phil X (@TheRealPhilX) September 11, 2013
And it's been nearly impossible to get Richie Sambora to acknowledge Bon Jovi over the past five months, but he did send out a couple of tweets for Tico, too:
All my love, prayers and heart goes out to my brother Tico. He is an amazing man, a true warrior, great artist and underestimated musician.— Richie Sambora (@TheRealSambora) September 11, 2013
God bless you bro....no matter what I'm with you inside your heart. Forever man...— Richie Sambora (@TheRealSambora) September 11, 2013