bonjoviband400 The New York Post’s Page Six reports:

Richie Sambora didn’t jump — he was pushed, sources say.

The hard-partying Bon Jovi guitarist left the band over “personal issues,” the group announced on its Web site this week. He was replaced at Tuesday night’s show in Calgary, Canada, by Theofilos “Phil X” Xenidis, who also filled in during Sambora’s second stint in rehab in 2011.

“Jon [Bon Jovi] has been trying to get rid of him. He drinks constantly and has a stream of Hollywood bimbos around all the time,” one insider said. At the urging of his wife, Dorothea, Bon Jovi wants to keep the tour free of booze and drugs. But Sambora is apparently no longer striving for sobriety. “He told me that he didn’t believe in rehab,” said our source. “He really is a hard partier, and so are the women he hangs out with.”

Sambora might also be depressed over the lackluster sales of his latest solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, on which he was said to have spent $1 million of his own. He also lost several million dollars in his failed clothing company, White Trash Beautiful.

source: nypost.com

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  • Kale Baldwin on

    First off, let me say that I can’t stand Bon Jovi and I think Jon is the epitome of a poser. But getting Richie (temporarily) out of the band so he can straighten his life out is a good idea. The guy is a washed up lowlife, honestly. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    I’m a big fan of Phil X.

    And Bon Jovi is NOT a glam band. They are a hair band, a boy band with distorted guitars. Motley Crue is a glam band. KISS is a glam band. NY Dolls were a glam band. Bon Jovi is more like a heavy Aldo Nova or Loverboy than Motley Crue.

  • Frank on

    24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?

  • Brian Burger on

    A band is not a democracy someone has to be the leader or it will never work! Jon is the leader of the band and if Ritchie needs time off so be it. Guitar players are a dime a dozen and Ritchie can be replaced just like Alec was. Here’s hoping whatever issues there are they get resolved quickly!

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