guitarist Richie Sambora
has decided to quit the american band's current tour citing "personal issues"
as the reason for his departure, Gigwise
Sambora has been with Bon Jovi since 1983, but was missing from their Alberta, Canada concert last night (2 April) and it is unclear whether the guitarist will return for the band's UK shows in June.
Bon Jovi's official website says: "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."
The news seems to have hit lead singer Jon Bon Jovi
pretty hard as he told the Canadian crowd, "I had two choices - pack up and go home or give you everything I got. Richie Sambora won't be performing for a while. If there's ever a night I need you, it's tonight, Calgary!"
The frontman also promised to donate $100,000 to a local shelter to make up for the band's missing guitarist.
Sambora has had trouble with substance abuse in the past and was forced to miss Bon Jovi's 2011 tour as he had to attend rehab.