When Richie Sambora was in Australia for the Melbourne Cup about a month ago, he sat down for an interview with Today entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins.
Bon Jovi kicked off their Aussie tour over the weekend. This time Wilkins spoke to Jon, and obviously the topic of Richie came up again. I'm not sure if everyone can view the link, so I transcribed the "juicy" part of the interview.
RW: Let's talk about the elephant in the room. I spoke to [Richie] a little while back, I don't know if you saw...
JBJ: Yeah, I saw it.
RW: What did you think?
JBJ: You know, I've only ever said the same thing. It was personal issues, right? He was never fired. And as he finally admitted on television, there was never a fight. He just didn't show up. And we've been talking a little bit. You gotta go to work, Rich. If you don't go to work...
RW: The popular consensus was that you the ultimate showman, the complete pro, the benevolent dictator was sort of at odds with the party boy. Was that close to it?
JBJ: In as much as I went to work, you know. And like I said what he's gonna admit to you is... I've only ever said very clearly, personal issues, he can tell you as much as he wants to.
RW: Were you concerned that Richie's absence could affect business?
JBJ: Absolutely. He didn't do it to hurt me. He didn't do it to hurt David or Tico. He did it for personal reasons. But that doesn't stop the rest of the machine from rolling and fortunately the fans all realise that and supported us throughout.
RW: Will he be back do you think? Maybe?
JBJ: He's not been fired. I only ever said the same thing.
Hmm... Watch the interview here.