Richie Sambora Explains Why He Left Bon Jovi Tour

Guitarist states he was missing his daughter.

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In a new interview with the Australian Today show (via Ultimate Classic Rock), Bon Jovi guitarist Riche Sambora has explained that he left the band's recent tour because he wasn't getting to spend enough time with his daughter "I think people don't understand exactly what that means," he explained. "You don’t get to come home. There’s a huge sacrifice in that. I missed a lot of my daughter's life. "I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn't pull myself out of the door. I just needed to be home." Sambora also told the Today host that any band has its "ups and downs ... differences of opinion and also differences of pace." When he was asked if he was going to rejoin Bon Jovi, he responded: "I think so, yeah, I'm pretty sure. I don't think it's going to be the end of the band or anything like that." Bon Jovi completed their recent tour with stand in guitarist Phil X.

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    Gibson0516
    This may be part of it, but I still believe there's some riff between him and Jon and doesn't want to admit it.
    Ibanezrocker800
    That riff must be insanely heavy to split those guys up! I think the word you're looking for is "rift"
    Izzy-Sweet
    I just got this insane image of Bon Jovi performing, and Richie just plays a really loud chord literally blowing both of them off the stage in opposite directions. Probably the most metal image I've ever had of Bon Jovi, so thanks for that
    Senor_Homme
    this is so gay lol Btw I do remember that there were also financial issues, am I wrong?
    dralithi
    My mom thinks that guitar "riffs" are "rifts" and she thinks that a "gig" is called a "jig".
    Benjumanji
    Could be, but this seems like a plausible enough reason for a divide too. Richie's heart is never in the tour because he wants to be home, Jon surely notices and calls him out on it, everyone gets pissed off.
    sergiozaciu
    HAHAHA They totally had to put the word "TOUR" in brackets into his quote because "I started spending time with her in between legs" does not sound okay at all.
    taytay8b
    I wanted to go see Bon Jovi on their recent leg, but without Sambora I opted out. Not saying I don't like the rest of the band, but in my opinion, Bon Jovi is not the same without Richie! Heard Phil X is doing a great job though!
    Wrathchild68
    I saw them in Manchester UK in June, first time I've seen them live and they were brilliant, 3 hours they were on and I was very impressed
    hec_exe
    I really don't blame the guy, I'd like to spend time with his daughter too.
    UncleBluck
    If it was that simple....why didn't he say it before.....?
    SGstriker
    Maybe because we don't have to know about every facet of his personal life. We aren't entitled to that. Its personal. Leave it be.
    UncleBluck
    Ah spoken like a child.....wouldn't it be nice if life was so simple...and if it was that simple I'm sure Jon would have had no problem with it.....problem is we still don't have the whole/correct story.....
    phds
    It is very simple. We mind our own business and that's it. The whole story concerns the band and not you. Richie has said why he is not touring at present time and you still want more. I suggest you keep living your life and let them live theirs.
    Ibeanez
    If you care so much about your daughter, Richie, get rid of that lesbian haircut. You're old enough to know better, and she deserves better.
    thenightrain
    OK, but they could have told us right away and not make a big secret out of it. I think a lot of people will understand. Not saying they have to tell us everything though...
    bubkusjones
    I thought he did say it was to spend more time with his family, or at least strongly implied it.
    richard.warts
    I'd love to see him back in the band by this time next month. I'm a big fan of Bon Jovi, and I'll enjoy seeing them nonetheless, but Richie was definitely my favourite part.