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bonjoviband400 RadarOnline reports:

Although, Jon Bon Jovi has publicly said that guitarist Richie Sambora can return to the band at any time, behind the scenes it’s a different story, RadarOnline has learned.

Sambora, who was born and raised in Woodbridge, N.J., is eager to take the stage with the band Thursday night in East Rutherford, but that homecoming is not going to happen, and Jon is the one blocking it, a source tells Radar. Not only that, but he’s also blocking Sambora from rejoining the band on its Because We Can world tour.

“Jon won’t allow Richie to come back for that show,” the source said. “And Jon won’t even pick up the phone and talk to Sambora. Sambora has tried to end this feud but Jon won’t respond.”

Richie believes Jon has been trash talking him, the source said, and has asked him to stop.

“Every attempt he has made at rejoining the band has been blocked by Jon,” the source added.

Sambora left the tour in April after feuding with Bon Jovi over money and Richie’s objection to his belief that Jon was belittling him. One source says the guitar player and lead singer are fighting over money.

“It’s very apparent Jon wants to get rid of Richie,” the source says. “Jon is raking in the money. And what about the fans who want Richie back?” The source says Jon doesn’t care.

“Jon is and has been focused on accumulating as much money as possible to accomplish his lifelong goal of buying a NFL football team. Bon Jovi took a serious look at the NY Jets years ago as a partner but now wants his own team and money is the only thing stopping him.”

Meanwhile, without Richie the band had to cancel an appearance in Cleveland because of lackluster ticket sales. Other venues have not sold out and also suffered from lagging sales without Sambora.



  1. What an ass.He needs to look at the name along side his as a writer on the majority of those hit songs that made him all that money,not to mention the rest that aren’t hits.Greed is a terrible thing.Though I’m no die hard fan,there is NO Bon Jovi band without Richie.

  2. Most Bon Jovi fans have no idea how much Jon was influenced by KISS. Rumor has it Vinnie Moore will be wearing a Ritchie Sambora mask and taking over the lead guitar role. Then we can all brace ourselves for the next Michael Schenker + UFO reunion.

  3. Actually I don’t feel sorry at all for Richie Sambora. Rough life he’s had. He should get a hold of the guys in “Hookers and Blow” and score a couple 8-balls. Then he could call Denise Richards and Heather Locklear and invite them both over for the big party. That is if he can get Denise away from Charlie Sheen. Then just videotape the catfight as the women race to “hang” with Richie. Make sure he catches the silicone flying all over the place as the two formerly gorgeous partygirls let it all out and shred eachother as if they were a couple pitbulls in Michael Vick’s backyard back in the dawgfightin’ hey day. Lay back, drink a little JD and crank either the Tommy Bolin Anthology or maybe put on Angel’s “Can You Feel It.”

  4. Jon doesn’t need him and his demands for more money….Bon Jovi has the #1 grossing tour…most without him. Remember, Sambora’s latest LP tanked. Jon could get the same numbers as a solo without the other three….so could Bruce.

  5. Hey Ritchie,
    Who says you can’t go home? You weren’t born to follow,maybe misunderstood, living in sin on a lost highway. Keep the faith, don’t runaway, this ain’t a love song, just a lot of bad medicine. You want to make a memory, but I guess you give love a bad name. I think you should never say goodbye, even though you are wanted dead or alive. Even if you are living on a prayer, go out in a blaze of glory. Always, have a nice day , because blood on blood will someday be Saturday night. Your a superman
    tonight. It’s my life, Bon Jovi
    Bon Jovi

  6. THIS JUST IN: Mike Portnoy will be filling in for Richie Sambora–and Eddie Trunk will take full credit for the newly formed band (appropriately titled The Winery Hogs).

  7. Richie Sambora is a huge part of Bon Jovi . He helped write 75% of the songs with Jon. I won’t go see Bon Jovi without Richie.. Jon and Richie need to kiss and make up.. I don’t know who’s to blame but I do know Leaders get greedy in bands and don’t want to pay the other members what they are worth. I’m very disappointed in Jon if he doesn’t let Richie back in.

  8. I think this break will be ultimately good for both parties. Phil X is a great guitarist and singer, and I would have no problem seeing them with him filing in. In fact, I think I would prefer it. I once met Richie many years ago, and he was quite dismissive and arrogant, and Jon couldn’t have been nicer.

  9. Its a shame Ritchie isn’t in the band, I have seen them live with him a little over a year ago. I just don’t see how they will replace him especially on the songs where he does the talk box and sings backups.

  10. The lead singer is always the biggest personality in the band.
    I think your average rock concert attendee is clueless about who’s typically in a band except for the lead singer. A lot of people go to these concerts because they got some free tickets through some promotional deal or radio station or whatever. They are probably saying “I love BonJovi… what was that guitar players name again??”
    So what if Sambora drinks and parties.. that’s rock and I’m sure that is not an obstacle unless he is missing obligations.

  11. I think they can both come to an amicable agreement and makeup.Jon without Ritchie just has an ingenious feel to it..We all know that jon is the only one who actually signed the record deal. Yes we know ,but despise the thought that these bands we’ve grown up with and loved through the years don’t always get along,and money is usually a driving force!! (A little Eddie Trunk education)But if ticket sales are being affected,jon’s not going to get any closer to owning an nfl team, than why not maybe pay a little more money to sambora to get those good vibes on stage back,and get more buts in the seats at your concerts.I know one guy,not me,that pays $500 just to sit in the front row at shows,who says without ritchie in the band he won’t anymore..I’ve personally never seen them. Hung out in the parking lot in philly when they had cinderella on the bill,Oh the ladies walking around before the show,were soo fine!!

  12. Jon doesn’t need Sambora. He will sell tix and merchandise without him. He did a great show last night and they didn’t miss a beat with Phil X at guitar. Guitarists can be replaced. No biggie. The band is Jon and Jon alone.

  13. I look at this from Richie’s point of view. The last two or three albums Bon Jovi has put out has been heavy on country – pop hooks and very light on guitar riffs and very little soul to them. By many accounts, Richie is highly respected for his playing chops. They guy can rip with the best of them and he can outplay a lot of blues players too.
    Richie, as a player, is being pigeon holed into a NJ version of Rascal Flatts and he’s probably a little sick of the musical direction Jon has the band on. From my point of view, Jon is looking to make the band as pop friendly as possible and sell out as much as himself and his band as he can. Have you seen his FB Fan page? The guy is worse than Gene Simmons in that he fking sells everything – $25 coffee mugs, $50 bottle openers, $2500 signed posters, $100 laminated replica passes…shit dude, you sung about Tommy and Gina having to put his guitar in hock and here’s your ass nickel and diming the Tommy and Gina’s of the world for every cent they have.
    Jon sings about Blood on Blood but he’ll turn his back on you in a freaking second to make a buck.

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