Due to a personal matter, Richie Sambora will not be performing on the European and South African leg of the tour. All shows will go on as scheduled.At least we know now, as opposed to the day of a concert like when the announcement was first made. But honestly, the longer this drags on the less "vague personal issues" is going to cut it. The ball seems to be firmly in Richie's court. We don't need a blow by blow of what's going on. If it's a health concern, say that. If it's family, say it's family. If it's a legal issue he can't comment on, say he can't comment at this stage for legal reasons.
The whole saga has been poorly handled from a PR perspective. But more to the point, fans have supported the band for years and shelled out for tickets, travel and accommodation. They should get some idea of if/when the band's most recognisable commodity behind Jon Bon Jovi himself is returning. Richie being out for South Africa and Europe takes us all the way to early July -- that's three months off the tour with no explanation. And it's getting to a point where we can't dismiss the possibility that Bon Jovi will just continue to make meaningless statements like the one above ahead of each leg for the rest of the tour... maybe even culminating in an announcement that Richie Sambora is leaving the band "due to a personal matter".
Matt Bongiovi has said he isn't but who knows what to believe these days...
Richie is still in band. It's not money it's not ego it's truly personal for him. He will be back in time. Support with love— Matthew Bongiovi (@MatthewBongiovi) April 30, 2013
Will you still go see the band without Richie?