Jon Bon Jovi has been speaking to the Evening Standard (via Classic Rock) about Richie Sambora's recent absence from the band. The singer has noted that he is finding it harder and harder not to disclose the details of the guitarist's departure:
"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.
"Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here ... unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edg, 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.' "
Bon Jovi also spoke about his frustration with Justin Bieber's recent spate of late arrivals at concerts, claiming that the singer has let down his fans: "Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They wont have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It's really not cool - youre an as-hole. Go to f--kin' work!"