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Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora booted from band: reports

Guitarist Richie Sambora (L) and singer Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi perform onstage together during happier times - at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Guitarist Richie Sambora (L) and singer Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi perform onstage together during happier times – at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

They give love a bad name.

Lead guitarist Richie Sambora has been plucked out of the band after 30 years, RumorFix.com first reported.

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The 54-year-old rocker had been with Jon Bon Jovi’s band since its formation in 1983 – and provided the licks on 12 albums that sold a total of 130 million copies.

Sambora had already been taking a leave from the tour for undisclosed ‘personal reasons.’

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Sambora had already been taking a leave from the tour for undisclosed ‘personal reasons.’

“There were a lot of well-documented problems, so this was the best decision for now,” a source told Us Weekly.

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Sambora had taken leave from the band’s current tour in the spring for “personal reasons,” after failing to take the stage at an April 2 Calgary concert.

“I had two choices – pack up and go home or give you everything I got,” Bon Jovi told the crowd, according to the Daily Mail. “Richie Sambora won’t be performing for a while. If there’s ever a night I need you, it’s tonight, Calgary!”

Sambora was fired from the band he helped form 30 years ago, according to several reports.

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Sambora was fired from the band he helped form 30 years ago, according to several reports.

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The RumorFix.com report, however, pinned the real cause of the firing on money. Sambora was earning $ 2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits after each show on Bon Jovi’s current tour.

His successor Philip ‘Phil X’ Xenidis — who previously replaced Sambora during part of a 2011 tour when the founding Bong Jovi member was in rehab for alcohol abuse — is only making $ 10,000 a month.

A spokeswoman for the band did not respond to the Daily News’ request for comment.


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