If you bought tickets for Bon Jovi’s current tour hoping that Richie Sambora would unleash a wicked guitar solo on “Living on a Prayer,” you are going to be disappointed.
Last week, the band announced on its Website that Sambora would not perform on the tour’s “upcoming leg” because of “personal issues.” The terse statement begged for interpretation, which is the modus operandi of “The New York Post.”
The tabloid has come through. Apparently, the hard-partying rocker is in no rush to reform his ways, which doesn’t sit well with Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea. She wants to keep the tour free of booze and drugs and, I’m assuming, Denise Richards. The “Post” quotes an insider as saying that Sambora “[doesn't] believe in rehab.” And there’s more.
“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…“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.
White Trash Beautiful? Isn’t that one of the brands James Franco’s character rhapsodized over in “Spring Breakers”? “Look at my shit! I got everything from White Trash Beautiful in every color!”
Sambora has had at least two stints in rehab. In 2011 he was replaced on tour by Theofilos “Phil X” Xenidis, who is apparently back now. Sambora, meanwhile, should be concerned. First, it’s not good when your band has a replacement on speed dial and keeps the tour going in your absence. Second, the band does not let feelings get in the way of results. Longtime bassist Alec John Such was dumped in 1994. This clip from “Behind the Music” explains the reasons behind the dismissal.
And who speaks about Such’s shortcomings? Sambora, of course.