Has Richie Sambora officially been fired from Bon Jovi?
That’s what it’s starting to look like.
According to reports from rumorfix.com, Sambora’s firing has to primary do with money issues. Sources close to the story report that the guitarist was making about $2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits from the tour, while fill-in guitarist, Philip “Phil X” Xenidis was earning a lot less, about $10,000 a month while on tour.
While this news might not come a s a surprise, Sambora left the band earlier this year for personal reasons but at the time rumors were circulating that it had something to do with either his drug addiction or Bon Jovi frontman, Jon Bon Jovi. To this day, the official reason for Sambora’s departure was for “personal issues,” at least according to the band’s website.
Apparently, the musician isn’t taking the news of his firing, lightly, “Richie wants to go back on stage-that’s his first love,” a source told the site. “He’s really upset over the news.”
Since his departure from the band early on in the tour, Sambora had stayed away from posting anything on Twitter besides pictures of his family and himself hanging out and enjoying the time off.
Early this month, he shared a song titled, “Come Back As Me,” which made fans think that the song was a dig at Bon Jovi. Sensing that things were not going the right way, Sambora took to Twitter to clarify that the song was not a dig at Bon Jovi. “This songs gettin’ some traction, so I would sincerely appreciate any help. BTW this has nothin’ to do with Jon…,” he wrote back on August 4.
So far, none of the sides have confirmed or denied that allegation, but what should fans expect when things have not been smooth in the band for a while.