Richie Sambora Furious Over Jon Bon Jovi's Recent Comments, Band Future Now Uncertain

The guitarist reportedly fuming after the singer calling him replaceable, unlike U2's the Edge.

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Bon Jovi axeman Richie Sambora is reportedly fuming with anger after singer Jon Bon Jovi's recent statement suggesting he is replaceable, unlike U2 guitarist the Edge.

Back in late May, the singer told the Evening Standard: "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."

And now, according to Radar Online, Sambora is so insulted with such comments that he even sent an email to Jon saying nothing but "Hire the Edge."

"Richie was so p-ssed off and insulted with the Edge comment that he couldn't bite his tongue any longer," says the unnamed source. "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.

The source concluded the story with the worst possible predictions, saying, "There are genuine fears this is the end of Bon Jovi. It seems Jon won't budge.

Sambora left Bon Jovi in early April due to "personal issues." The singer initially reassured everyone that the guitarist is still a part the band, but recently admitted that "it's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something."

The guitarist then replied by saying that the vocalist "needs to stop talking publicly" about him.

"My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He's making it very difficult for me to come back," Sambora told the Daily Mail. "I am fine, working very hard on my fashion company, and this is a private matter. I don't have any major problems in my life right now."

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    I prefer Richie's solo stuff to Bon Jovi any day of the week. Richie has a better voice than Jon anyway. Stranger In This Town is one of my all time favorite albums. Richie is co-writer of most of their songs as well, he may be replaceable on the guitar but his songwriting ability would be missed.
    matteo cubano
    As if no one could ever play what the edge plays... Any guitarists spot can be filled, but no guitarists can ever really be replaced. There's always someone AS skillful or more so to learn their parts, it may sound exactly the same, but Jon should know that music is art, it's not a desk job, you can't replace an artist because they always put themselves into what they do in some way or another. I wouldn't hesitate to say goodbye forever if I were Sambora.
    Bon Jovi is a company and Jon is a CEO. RS is/was an employee (friends aside). He can be p*ssed but hey...if he got some issues with drinking/drugs/girlfriend/whatever and he can't be part of that major company...I say goodbye. He's a great axeman but he's not an icon.
    What are you talking about, Sambora is as an icon as Bon Jovi, specially to those that are into the music of the band and not just the image of Jon.
    I don't blame him if he's angry. Saying he's replaceable and comparing him to a guitarist in another big band is hardly going to make him feel valued as a hard working musician. To me it seems like he could very easily return to the band right now, but just doesn't want to because of Jon. "I am fine, working very had on my fashion company" and "I don't have any major problems in life right now." And "I'm an artist first" doesn't sound like personal matters that would prompt him to go off tour to me. I thought this whole Sambora thing was being blown WAY out of proportion at first but I do now believe there are tensions...
    I saw bon jovi at villa park on sunday they were incredible Phill X who is filling in was amazing but it felt something was missing without richie
    Bon Jovi is just a legacy act now, just a tribute band to an earlier version of themselves. The guitarist ultimately won't matter to the 80's-jeans-wearing fans that go to watch them these days. Kind of like The Who tours with just Pete and Roger now... oh right, except A) BJ is not nearly as talented and B) the Who lost members because they died, not because they're whiny little bitches.
    "Richie was so p-ssed off and insulted with the Edge comment that he couldn't bite his tongue any longer," says the unnamed source. Okay
    I'm sure richie wouldn't mind writing real rock songs with a new band anyways.
    They should just quit while their ahead. It was amazing how REM did that. Other bands should follow that example. I am not a fan of Bon Jovi, but if I were to see them live, I would want Richie Sambora there.
    If they break up I honestly wouldn't care... bounce was their last good album.
    Personally I think after New Jersey their best was behind them.
    Bon Jovi might be done, and Static-X is done. Shit we might hit world peace soon with all of the shitty bands giving up!
    the only reason richie is replaceable is because jon sold out years ago. end this feud i wanna see the drills sometime in the near future
    What i would love to see, most of all to be sincere, is a Richie Sambora solo album with lots of solo oriented stuff, like in the "When a Blind Man Cries" cover he did. That would be tops!
    Richie is a pretty good guitar player, but this band keeps getting worst since These Days which is IMO their last good album. Richie should leave this band and start making albums on which he would be good: Blues music, which is his biggest influence who can be easily heard on many of his songs.
    I would much rather have phil x in a band, who only looks like he is stoned all the time, than have someone with serious substance abuse problems. phil x is crazy good and a real professional.
    As a huge thrash fan, I have to admit that this put a smirk on my face
    Im sorry but its true Richie Sambora is nothing special he can be replaced but The Edge is completely irreplaceable
    Nah. Ritchie only looks replacable. In reality, his style of playing and songwriting is an integral part of Bon Jovi. Especially during the 80s.
    Technique-wise The Edge might be the most replaceable guitarist on earth, along reggae guitarists.
    Richie is a major component of the band, without him, Bon Jovi wouldn't be where they are today. If you drop Richie, you lose the excellent songwriting, and the band goes down in flames.
    The tour is a huge success without him. Change is sometimes a good thing.
    Are they just doing an 'Aerosmith' and pretending to break up to get more publicity?
    They just should let everything on the table here...just stupid that they are throwing dung at each other through social media or television and not telling what kind of dung it is