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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.
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.’
“There were a lot of well-documented problems, so this was the best decision for now,” a source told Us Weekly.
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!”
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Sambora was fired from the band he helped form 30 years ago, according to several reports.
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.