Bon Jovi Fired Richie Sambora: Source
Rumor mill in full swing over alleged 'divorce'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
This May 20, 2012 file photo shows Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora performing at the Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park NJ.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, file)

(Newser) – Has Richie Sambora been kicked out of Bon Jovi? That's the gossip making the rounds, started by a report on RumorFix. Sources say Sambora was fired from this year's tour because he was too expensive. The 30-year member of the band was paid $2 million a month and took 20% of show profits, and his replacement only makes $10,000 per month. Sambora is said to be "really upset."

It may seem like a thin report, but the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sambora hasn't played with Bon Jovi since the spring, blaming his departure on a "personal matter." And one of his new solo songs, "Come Back as Me," appeared to be directed at Jon Bon Jovi—though Sambora tweeted earlier this month, "This has nothin' to do with Jon...."

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Aug 24, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
Sing it! "Shot down in a blaze of Glory"!
Aug 24, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Bon Jovi has a unusual business model for a rock band. Bon Jovi formed a corporation and the other members are paid employees. This worked great for a very long time. He made his bandmates very very rich. They collect a salary 365 days a year, and they get any royalties due plus touring income. Richie Sambora & David Bryan are Bon Jovi's primary writing partners, so they get a cut much closer to Bon Jovi. The poorest guy in the band is worth over $50m. There's no way that Richie was fired over money. There's no way he was fired at all. Something happened between these two & I doubt we'll ever know what it was.
Aug 23, 2013 9:24 PM CDT
So Jon Anchovy fired Sambora. Good for Sambora, he is too good to be in a bubble gum pop rock band.