Guitarist Richie Sambora IS NOT returning to tour with Bon Jovi this year — he’s been fired from the tour, RumorFix has learned exclusively.An alleged dispute over money is not new (TMZ claimed it was the reason for Richie's departure in early April) although Phil better be making a lot more than $10k/month for this gig.
Sources close to the band tell us it’s all about money. We are told just like any DIVORCE, their differences are irreconcilable.
Richie, who has been a member of the band for 30 years, was making $2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits after each show. His replacement Philip ‘Phil X’ Xenidis is only making $10,000 a month.
But don’t think Richie is going broke — since he co-wrote most of the songs and since his likeness appears on merchandise, he continues to get royalty checks.
Our source says, “Richie wants to go back on stage — that’s his first love. He’s really upset over the news.”
For what it's worth, if anyone thought or hoped Richie was going to be back on tour in September, Nikki Lund's blog suggests he'll be busy promoting their fashion label then.
Matt Bongiovi commented on the latest RumorFix article via Twitter.
Until they name the so called source of the information and it really is a person involved directly don't bother feeding into them— Matthew Bongiovi (@MatthewBongiovi) August 22, 2013
I welcome this so called source to go head to head with me on here. Bring it on mystery man.... or girl. lol— Matthew Bongiovi (@MatthewBongiovi) August 22, 2013
Yoko Ono comes to mind..... hmmm interesting...— Matthew Bongiovi (@MatthewBongiovi) August 22, 2013
Hmm, is he trying to bait Nikki and or NikkiRich Clothing's PR guy Sean Borg?
EDIT: Matt is apparently closing his Twitter account, while Phil has set the record straight about the pitiful pay package RumorFix gave him.
you know how I know http://t.co/Xx0YfzlACj is full of shit? I wouldn't even leave my house for that salary.— Phil X (@TheRealPhilX) August 23, 2013