Bon Jovi guitarist to miss tour

Updated: Apr 03, 2013, 16:21 PM IST

London: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has bowed out of their current tour due to personal issues.

Sambora was absent as the `Living on a Prayer` band played in Alberta, Canada, on their Because We Can tour, and has been counted out of an indefinite number of future shows, reported Contactmusic.

"Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled," a statement on the band`s website said.

The reason for Sambora`s departure has not been given, but it appears to be unplanned, based on comments made by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi during the show.

After taking to the stage late, Jon told the 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."

It is unclear if Richie will rejoin the tour when it heads to South Africa and then Europe in May. In 2011 Sambora was left out of dates on the band`s touring schedule to attend rehab.