Have Bon Jovi sacked guitarist Richie Sambora?

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

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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.


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