Jon Bon Jovi has broken his silence regarding the departure of Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi during a radio interview with Philadelphia’s WMMR. Earlier this month, at the after party for old friend Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, Bon Jovi was asked about Sambora’s status with the band, and verbalized what has been apparent for a very long time, saying, quote, “He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence.” Sambora was a no-show on the Bon Jovi tour starting on April 2nd, 2013 at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. As they did during Sambora’s 2011 hiatus, the band soldiered on, touring the globe selling out stadiums with session guitarist Phil “X” Xenidis once again filling in for Sambora.
Bon Jovi spoke candidly to WMMR about the band’s decision to carry on without Sambora, saying, “Y’know, he quit and no one’s heard (from) him since. I mean, God bless him. . . He just quit and that was that. It’s not for me to say anything other than that. Y’know, he’s entitled to do what he wants. It’s not his obligation. There’s no obligation. If it doesn’t move you anymore, you have the right to leave (laughs) and he just happened to do it on a show day and never called us again. But there was no reason, there was no fight, it certainly wasn’t about money — I swear that on a stack of bibles and he’ll confirm it. That was not the case and he just left and there was no way that I was gonna break up the band. Why would (David Bryan) or (Tico Torres) need to suffer and why would I have to suffer? And the record company doesn’t care and the touring company doesn’t care and, y’know, it’s okay. It’s not a big deal.”