Was Richie Sambora Pushed from Bon Jovi?

His hard partying with "Hollywood bimbos" was a problem for Jon Bon Jovi who reportedly pushed him out of the band, contrary to previous reports which said he quit.

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Richie Sambora didn't quit Bon Jovi as previously reported, but was secretly pushed out.

At the time the guitarist cited "personal issues" as his reason for leaving the band, but a new report in the NY Post claims that his hard-partying lifestyle put him out of favor with Jon Bon Jovi.

"Jon [Bon Jovi] has been trying to get rid of him. He drinks constantly and has a stream of Hollywood bimbos around all the time," one source said. "He told me that he didnt believe in rehab. He really is a hard partier, and so are the women he hangs out with."

Apparantly Jon's wife Dorothea wanted to keep the tour free of drink and drugs to keep the rest of the band on the straight and narrow (or maybe just her husband). Sambora's reluctance to quit these indulgent activities seem to have given Jon no other choice but to nudge him out.

Sambora could be drinking his sorrows away because sales of his solo album "Aftermath Of The Lowdown" have been poor, despite spending over $1 million on its production. If you think that's expensive, he's lost even more on his failed clothing company White Trash Beautiful.

Sambora had one parting message for his Twitter followers upon his departure:

"Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."

73 comments sorted by best / new / date

    D4CE
    Hollywood bimbos sounds like fun though..
    sonofgkex
    RIght, because Bon Jovi is a paragon of class from the great and noble province of freaking New Jersey But LA is just too lowbrow for his tastes.
    Reddaz
    Singer of rock band pushes out long time best friend and guitarist at suggestion of singers wife, as band tries to reclaim former glories. Is their next single Stonehenge?
    Jesus_Dean
    As long as this guy hits the stage on time and puts on a good show for the fans, who cares what he does in his free time.
    TryTheKetchup
    Bon Jovi's wife does.
    socallady10
    Jesus_Dean ~ It was Ritchie who pulled out of the concerts the afternoon of the April 2nd concert ~ after a two week break....He didn't hit the stage at all and it's far from the 1st time. What he was doing in his free time caused his cancellation, leaving Jon & the band w/o their lead guitarist at the last minute, again. Ever since Jon put the band back together, all the band members are 'technically' Jon's employees. There has been a no drinking/drugs policy which JON strictly enforced due to lessons learned from their past with their manager, Doc. Thanks to Doc, drugs & alcohol almost killed the band members. Doc continually shoved coke up their noses so they could perform endlessly in the name of $$$. He didn't care about JBJ, RS or any of his self proclaimed cash cows & just kept pushing them far past their limits causing permanent health problems & the bands' breakup. Whenever Ritchie or any member relapsed, Jon made & continues to make their health #1. Jon has cancelled many tours due to Ritchie's relapses and everyone complained they should have continued w/o Ritchie. If Jon continues w/o Ritchie people complain, if he cancels the tour people complain ~ It's a loose/loose with you all. After yet another countless Ritchie relapses, Jon may, with good reason, feel it's time for tough love. Would you stand by while your best friend & employee slowly killed themselves just because they performed O.K. at work??? If you are truly fans, care about the members health first ~ Jon does. To those piping off about Dorothea, don't believe every thing you read! Dorothea never has & never will call the shots for Jon and/or the band.
    XtractionProces
    This is definitely being blown way out of proportion.
    SchecterDean
    definitely way out.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    not only is it being blown out of proportion, but i think its a pretty reasonable request to try and keep drugs and alcohol out of a tour. it kills so many small bands, and it does big bands too, so i dont think asking him to stop is even unreasonable
    ThePepi
    You are aware that drugs and alcohol are the fuel of rock 'n roll, right?
    socallady10
    Drugs & alcohol WERE the fuel of rock & roll, are you still living in the '60's - '80's? When Doc was managing the band, drugs & alcohol almost killed the members & Doc continued to shove coke up their noses in the name of $$$. He didn't care about his cash cows & just kept pushing. They are human beings with flaws & weaknesses just like everyone here. Ever since Jon, not Dorothea, put the band back together, there has been a no drugs policy which JON strictly enforced. Whenever Ritchie or any member relapsed, their health came first. Jon has cancelled many tours due to Ritchie's relapses and everyone complained they should have continued w/o Ritchie. It's a loose/loose with you all. If you are truly fans, care about the members health first!
    leony03
    I hope they work things out. Sambora has written some tasty riffs in his time and he is great live.
    justin.mitchell
    "Jon [Bon Jovi] has been trying to get rid of him. He drinks constantly and has a stream of Hollywood bimbos around all the time," one source said. "He told me that he didnt believe in rehab. He really is a hard partier, and so are the women he hangs out with." Is it me, or are rockstars pretty boring nowadays?
    gerryblue
    It's called business, I guess back in the 70's they made money now matter how wasted or unprofessional, now, with record sales practically nonexistent, their only income is touring, and if they can't tour cause someone is wasted, it means losing money. Remember, it's almost always about money.
    Nero Galon
    They're getting on a bit now to be doing totally crazy shit they might have done when younger.
    SchecterDean
    With Sambora out of the picture, I'm pretty sure they will regret it. It won't be Bon Jovi without him, he was the glue. Well, the hard partying glue.
    Jackstratstroem
    Yeah, im selling my bonjovi ticket. Richie is the best singer and guitarist in the band. Jon is great and all, but richie is the genius
    UncleBluck
    Rock Stars daughter OD's on heroin at Hamilton College and Rock stars wife decides that Lead Guitarist needs to go on permanent vacation.....Makes sense.....?????
    Mufassa
    so a wife has a overly dominant influence in how a tour is being run.. hmm.. I always knew jon was p*ssy whipped.. this pretty much confirms this as long as the partying doesnt adversely affect tour.. I fail to see the problem
    Cheesepuff
    wtf haha isnt that what rock bands should be doing tho? and why does bon jovis wife have a say in this? is she on tour with them as well? i dont really care for bon jovi that much but this is teh exact opposite of what a real rockstar would do
    Sleeping in
    Just permanently recruit Phil X and let's have no more "news" about this? Heck, I might even start listening to Bon Jovi if Phil X joined.
    EthanWark
    As long as that doesn't result in less music from The Drills, I don't mind.
    Sleeping in
    I like a lot of the Drills stuff, but I actually prefer the way Phil does medleys, their own songs don't really tickle my fancy...
    soulgrenade
    Well if they can fire Richie for drinking too much can Metallica fire Kirk for sucking too much?
    JackalUK
    Next up, Tico Torres fired for not eating his 5 a day fruit and veg.
    UncleBluck
    Yea...Kirk should go play for Megadeath.....where sucking is a way of life.....
    FlyingPirahna
    You know what...**** it. If Bon Jovi is stupid enough to push out the guy that's helped build his b(r)and for 20+ years, because he parties on the side, whatever he gets from here on is completely deserved. Rock n' roll, maaaan.
    PuddleJumper11
    I saw them a couple months ago and Richie was incredible. If he's really drinking that much, it sure as hell wasn't showing.
    Asvarox
    I suppose it's just a move to create a drama around the band so they are back in the spotlight.
    MetalMullet
    Why do I cringe when I read then name Bon Jovi and cringe even more when I see that people actually care?
    Scorpiusmaximus
    Well,Eff Me!! Jon may be a great lyricist, but Richie is THE musician in the band (closely followed by the much under-rated David Bryan)! I have always admired Richie more than Jon, and if Jon don't have the brains to realize Richie has seen him thru more than that Yoko wanabe, then thats Jon's loss. If Jon even thinks he can tour and call the band Bon Jovi (yes, i know, his name) without Richie, or make another BJ album without him, he really is stuck in his own delusional world. Alas, Bon Jovi is no more, and really hasnt been since "These Days" came out.....
    dr718
    Whatever the guy's health situation is, after this he should go do whatever makes him happy. He's got all the money he'll ever need anyway. Nobody's buying their "new album" because the fan-base wants to hear the hits and relive the 80's.
    yaronbeery
    Richie is the one thing in this band that, for me anyway, connect them to something honest, blues related and i think he has a good feel for keeping something deep in his playing even though they're commercialy driven as a band.
    Al_Shaiba
    i thought partying hard was part of Rock N' Roll
    Battery Chicken
    It's a bi-product of fame and wealth. Usually it's one of the reasons behind bands imploding. So if you're getting into rock for drink, drugs and sex you're doing it for the wrong reasons.
    socallady10
    @Al_Shalba~ Back in the '60's-'80's oh, that's right, the wanna-be's who think that's part of Rock & Roll. Obviously you've never worked in the business ~ it is far from all fun, drinking, drugs, sex et. al. All those songs just magically appear and being on tour is an absolute walk in the park. NOT!
    scawti
    Don't buy that excuse, the two of them haven't gotten along for years. Anyone behind the scenes at their shows know they do their own thing and stay away from one another. The money reason sounds way more plausible - this smells as a PR spin to preserve the integrity of 'Brand Jon BJ'
    Denjario
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    Firehawk2410
    I feel like if he was actually pushed out he would be flaming the band all over the place to make them look bad, like "normal musicians" do. Of course "a source" has given us some pretty good insider info on a lot of bands.
    richard.warts
    Was gonna go and see them at the end of the year, but now I'm not so sure. Richie was the best part of Bon Jovi.
    Rust_E_Stringz
    Jon's wife is just peeved that Richie still partie's it up and still kicks butt at the shows. Where as Jon probably turns into one of those "cry in my beer guy's" when he parties and has to be baby sat by the wife through out the whole party to keep him from doing stupid s**t, IMO!
    BradTheBluefish
    "Apparantly Jon's wife Dorothea wanted to keep the tour free of drink and drugs to keep the rest of the band on the straight and narrow (or maybe just her husband)." Well we know who has the pants in the family. And its sad because its Jon with all the money.
    socallady10
    When Doc was managing the band, drugs & alcohol almost killed the members & Doc continued to shove coke up their noses in the name of $$$. He didn't care about his cash cows & just kept pushing. They are human beings with flaws & weaknesses just like everyone here. Ever since Jon, not Dorothea, put the band back together, there has been a no drinking/drugs policy which JON strictly enforced. Whenever Ritchie or any member relapsed, their health came first. Jon has cancelled many tours due to Ritchie's relapses and everyone complained they should have continued w/o Ritchie. It's a loose/loose with you all. After yet another countless Ritchie relapses, Jon may feel it's time for tough love. If you are truly fans, care about the members health first ~ Jon does. Don't believe every thing you read.....Dorothea never has & never will call the shots for Jon and/or the band.