Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres was rushed to the hospital for a second time with severe pain in his abdomen and will undergo gall bladder surgery. This follows an emergency appendectomy last week. He is expected to return to the stage and the Bon Jovi tour in the very near future.
“Tico Torres has been the heart and soul of our band since we started 30 years ago,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “He’s also one tough SOB and we look forward to him again pounding away brilliantly at the drums on remainder of this and future tours.”
Bon Jovi begins the current leg of their Because We Can tour at “Rock in Rio” in Rio De Janeiro on September 20th. New Jersey native Rich Scannella will fill in for Torres until his doctors clear him to play.
Message From Tico
I would like to say a quick Thank You to all of you who have kept me in your thoughts thus far. There is nothing that can prepare one for a medical emergency but I have been taken especially good care of and would again like to thank all my doctors and health care professionals.
I am very disappointed not to be able to perform but our friend Rich Scannella will stand in for me. You are in good hands.
I will be there in spirit and back on stage in soon
Enjoy the show. #RockinRio
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi's tour resumed at the Rock in Rio festival with Rich Scannella on drums and Phil X continuing in lieu of Richie Sambora, leaving only two official members of Bon Jovi on stage -- David Bryan and Jon (though anyone who knows me knows I think Hugh McDonald deserves to be a proper member by now). The set list was as follows:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Rock in Rio - September 20, 2013
- That's What the Water Made Me
- You Give Love a Bad Name
- Raise Your Hands
- Lost Highway
- Whole Lot of Leavin'
- It's My Life
- Because We Can
- What About Now
- We Got It Going On
- Keep the Faith
- (You Want To) Make a Memory
- Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars
- We Weren't Born to Follow
- Who Says You Can't Go Home
- I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
/ Start Me Up - Rolling Stones cover
- Bad Medicine
/ Shout! - Isley Brothers cover
- Wanted Dead or Alive
- Have a Nice Day
- Livin' on a Prayer
I'm currently out of town and missed the live stream, but much of the feedback I've heard on Bon Jovi hasn't been great. Did you watch it, or were you at the show? What did you think?