bonjoviband400 RadarOnline reports:

Jon Bon Jovi has turned against Richie Sambora, the band’s exiled guitar player, and the result has been low ticket sales with one planned show canceled due to poor advance sales, RadarOnline is reporting.

“Jon has been keeping Richie out of the band,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “And, frankly, he’s been a real jerk to Richie, saying some awful things. Maybe Jon wants to prove the band can be just as good or even better without Richie. But based on what’s happening now that’s not working out well.”

Sambora was said to have left the band for “personal reasons” but he’s ready and fit to resume his role as lead guitar player.

As Sambora remains out of the band – and he wants back in – the Cleveland Browns pro football team just announced they canceled a scheduled Bon Jovi concert schedule for July 14th.

The reason an insider tells Radar is that advance sales were pathetically low, approximately only 3,500 tickets had been sold.

“And other shows have not sold as much as they should have either,” the source said. “I’ve seen special deals on tickets for as low as $16! Jon is keeping Richie out of the band. And when the band’s fans see Bon Jovi they expect to see Richie on guitar.

On a personal level Jon made a comment to Richie that was so insensitive about his family and his daughter that Richie still can’t believe it. It happened after Jon’s daughter had her issue with heroin. Jon told Richie that was something he would have expected from Richie’s family. It’s just nasty.”

For the record: Sambora’s family is doing extremely well. The same cannot, however, be said of the band as it moves along without its high-profile guitarist.


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  • Tim on

    I think theres a few aspects of dwindling ticket sales: (although Europe seems to be selling well)
    1. What About Now and The Circle are not very good and that is starting to catch up to the band.
    2. Ticket prices are too high.
    3. Over saturation of the market place.
    4. Sambora not there.
    5. Stagnant set list for die hard fan base.
    I’ve seen Bon Jovi many times and have always thought they have put on a great live show, but the ticket prices have gotten out of control, many fans look at it as greed, I know myself and many other friends that are fans think the same…..also, the set list is stagnant… deep tracks. I also have a theory on why there is no reliable information on Sambora’s departure…..I think the band wants the fans to believe that he may come back at any time so keep Buying Those Tickets just in case…..just a thought. FYI: When Sambora dropped out of the tour, there were many people that I know that did not want to go for that reason and also the ticket price associated with essentially a JBJ solo show. I am a fan and always will be, but the band has to give fans a good reason to keep buying their product and the last 2 albums are, in my opinion the weakest in their catalog…..get a different producer and take a chance in the studio for f**ks sake….Because We Can is elevator music. Sambora’s solo album is good, took a listen or two to get used to it.

  • abe on

    maybe ticket sales are low bec. their new album sucked and the ticket prices are too high.

  • David Latlip on

    Bon Jovi is totally over rated any way. They had two good albums, that’s it. He refuses to play that many songs from Slippery and New Jersey. And he keeps playing new songs that suck and no one cares about. Plus, he turns all his songs into country songs now and he just doesn’t rock anymore. He should take a hint from Def Leppard, they play the hits, that’s what people come to hear.

  • Doug on

    The Bon Jovi naysayers….are insisting so passionately about something not being true that I suspect the opposite of what you are saying. Hmmm.

  • vinnie the wiz on

    bj is now a cuntry joke who says u cant go home LAME

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