Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora to miss tour to enter rehab

Guitarist is undergoing treatment for drinking problem

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has entered rehab for his drinking problem and will miss the band’s forthcoming north American and European tour.

The band are due to kick off live commitments today (April 30) in New Orleans, and have not yet revealed who will replace Sambora on stage.

According to Reuters a Bon Jovi statement read: “Our support for Richie is absolute. He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return. In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour.”


The band are due to continue touring until the end of July.

Sambora has not revealed which facility he is being treated for his alcohol problem in, but a source was recently quoted as saying that he “recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together.”

He had previously entered rehab in 2007.