Have Bon Jovi sacked guitarist Richie Sambora?

Sources close to the band say the axeman will not be rejoining the band on tour

Have Bon Jovi sacked guitarist Richie Sambora?

Photo: PA

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has reportedly been axed from the band's tour.

The long-term axeman pulled out of the group's current 'Because We Can' world tour, citing "personal reasons" back in April. He also pulled out of a recent gig at Hyde Park, but said he was keen to rejoin the band by September. Now sources close to the band say he has been kicked off the tour altogether over a dispute about money, according to RumourFix.com.

Sambora was apparently pulling in $2million (£1.28million) a month and 20 per cent of the profits from the tour. Stand-in guitarist Philip "Phil X" Xenidis, is only earning about $10,000 (£6.419) a month on the trek.

Sambora is still keen to rejoin the band. "Richie wants to go back onstage – that's his first love," a source told the site. "He's really upset over the news."

Bon Jovi's current tour commitments run through to mid-December and will see the band playing South America, North America, Japan and Australia. The band landed themselves in hot water last week when they pulled out of a gig at the New York State Fair and played a fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo instead.

http://www.nme.com/photos/15-of-the-most-explosive-band-splits-of-all-time/305707/4/1

Read More On This Artist

Bon Jovi Merchandise
More News
Mark Ronson tops both the UK's Official Singles and Official Albums Chart
Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams appear on TV show 'Austin City Limits' – watch
Korn and Slipknot cover Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' live in London – watch
A$AP Rocky opens up about the death of A$AP Yams for the first time
Courtney Love attends premiere of Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
Run The Jewels preview feline remix album 'Meow The Jewels' featuring Lil Bub the cat
Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM unveil grindhouse cinema-themed 'Ray Gun' video – watch
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney unveil collaboration track 'FourFiveSeconds' –...
Jay Z commends New York Governor's plan to improve police relations
Ryan Adams performs acoustic version of 'Gimme Something Good' on US TV
Alt-J play biggest headline show of their career at London's O2 Arena
Groove Armada lead latest Isle Of Wight Festival line-up additions
Lil Wayne reportedly set to sue Cash Money boss Birdman for $8m
Guitar owned by Johnny Ramone sells at auction for £47,950
Pond reveal epic 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' video - watch
Noel Gallagher says Oasis will only ever reform 'for the money'
Arca says working with Bjork on 'Vulnicura' was 'everything an artistic...
Aphex Twin streams 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT2' EP - listen
Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore separate after five years of marriage
Fall Out Boy team up with Wiz Khalifa on 'Uma Thurman' remix - listen
Danny Brown, Big Sean feature in Eminem's 'Detroit Vs Everybody' video - watch
Bob Dylan to gift new album to 50,000 senior citizens

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM