The feud between Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora seems to have escalated to what sources close to the band fear is “the end of Bon Jovi.” Radar Online reveals that Sambora sent Jon a three word email this week saying, “Hire the Edge,” in response to Jon telling the UK’s The Standard that Sambora was replaceable after dropping out of the band’s current tour shortly after it began. The singer also hinted that his absence was due to substance abuse, something the guitarist entered rehab for in 2007 and 2011, but Sambora has long denied those claims.
“It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something… Because all I can say is this — it’s for personal reasons. He’s been through it before, fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time,” Bon Jovi claims.
“Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here… unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edge, and he for some reason couldn’t make a U2 show, [then] it would be very difficult to just step in. You have a choice — you either figure it out, go and grow, not only survive but thrive. Or, you say, ‘I hate my brother and I’m gonna quit the band.”
Sambora has spoken very little about the feud until a band insider said Sambora couldn’t hold it in any longer.
“Richie was so pissed off and insulted with The Edge comment that he couldn’t bite his tongue any longer,” the source states. “He sent Jon an email, but Jon did not respond. Jon hasn’t called Richie once since this all began. It would seem that he does not want the band back together, despite what he told Ellen DeGeneres.”
During the interview that aired April 23rd on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jon sat down with the talk show host to discuss Sambora’s absence.
“Well, all I can say, honest to God, is that it’s a personal matter, but we love him very much, and he is absolutely still a member of the band,” Jon states.
It was just last month when Sambora told the Daily Mail that he was ready to play for the band’s Hyde Park date this summer.
“I would love to be in London for the Hyde Park Bon Jovi show on the July 5th… Let’s see what happens,” Sambora claims.
“You have a choice — you either figure it out, go and grow, not only survive but thrive.”
Sambora further stated during the interview that he is very happy and that Jon is being difficult.
“I don’t have any major problems in life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment,” Sambora says. “Bottom line. My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash talking.”
Sambora hasn’t been very active on Twitter since his last tweet on May 25th.
Keep in mind, all members of U2 are equally paid and each of their names are on the record contract. However, Jon Bon Jovi is signed to a record contract while Sambora, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan are Jon’s employees and he covers their salaries.
Since leaving the tour, Sambora has been working on his fashion line that is preparing for a worldwide launch.
Bon Jovi is set to play London’s Hyde Park on July 5th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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