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Mon Nov 24 14:22:27 SAST 2014

Richie Sambora hits back at Jon Bon Jovi

Bang Showbiz | 23 May, 2013 08:37
Richie Sambora. File photo

Richie Sambora has hit back at Jon Bon Jovi and says the singer is making it difficult for him to return to Bon Jovi.

Sambora is furious with Jon Bon Jovi for hinting he pulled out of their tour due to alcohol abuse.

The Bon Jovi guitarist announced his departure from their Because We Can tour last month citing "personal issues" and after Jon revealed it was an issue Richie has been through before, it was speculated he was referencing Richie's last stint in rehab, for alcohol abuse, in 2011, which saw him miss out on 13 shows.

However, Sambora has hit back and suggested Jon "stop with the trash talking".

He told MailOnline: "I don't have any major problems in life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line.

"My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back.

"Enough with the trash talking!

"Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine working very hard on my fashion company Nikki Rich and this is a private matter."

Although Phil X - who filled in during Sambora's previous relapse - has stepped in as lead guitarist while Sambora is away, the guitarist isn't happy.

He added: "[The fans] have paid money to see Bon Jovi and right now, they are not getting the whole deal."

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