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Bon Jovi continues "Because We Can" without Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has left the band's in-progress "Because We Can" world tour for "personal reasons." // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has left the band's in-progress "Because We Can" world tour for "personal reasons."

The New Jersey rockers released a two-sentence statement Wednesday (4/3) that read, "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."

The "Bon Jovi Because We Can - The Tour," which kicked off in early February, continued without Sambora earlier this week in Calgary (4/2) and Edmonton (4/3).

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A note posted at the band's website early Friday (4/4) welcomed Phil X back to the band. The Canadian guitarist will presumably fill in while Sambora's out; he performed on Bon Jovi's 2011 tour while Sambora was in rehab.

The "Because We Can" trek returns to the stage Saturday (4/5) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and will continue for more than three months, canvassing North America through the end of April before moving on to Europe, the Far East, Africa and Latin America.

Ticketing information is available at the group's website.

Bon Jovi's 12th studio album "What About Now" hit retailers last month. The effort, which follows 2009's "The Circle," debuted at the top of The Billboard 200, making it the band's third consecutive set to hit No. 1.

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April 2013

5 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre

7 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center

8 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center Omaha

10 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center

11 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center

14 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena

16 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center

17 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena

19 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

20 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena

23 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena

25 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion

May 2013

7 - Cape Town, South Africa - Cape Town Stadium

11 - Johannesburg, South Africa - FNB Stadium

14 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Levski Stadium

17 - Vienna, Austria - Race Course Krieau

18 - Munich, Germany - Olympic Stadium

21 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hovin

22 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen

24 - Stockholm, Sweden - Olympic Stadium

26 - Tampere, Finland - Ratina Stadium

June 2013

6 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken Stadium

8 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Etihad Stadium

9 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Villa Park

12 - Cardiff, United Kingdom - City Stadium

13 - Sunderland, United Kingdom - Stadium of Light

15 - Dublin, Ireland - Slane Castle

16 - Newport, United Kingdom - Isle of Wight Festival

18 - Berlin, Germany - Olympic Stadium

19 - Gdansk, Poland - PGE Arena

21 - Stuttgart, Germany - Wasen

22 - Cologne, Germany - Rheinenergie Stadion

24 - Prague, Czech Republic - Synot Arena

26 - Lisbon, Portugal - Parque da Bela Vista

27 - Madrid, Spain - Estadio Vicente Calderon

29 - Milan, Italy - San Siro

30 - Berne, Switzerland - Stade de Suisse

July 2013

3 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Hampden Park

5 - London, United Kingdom - Barclaycard British Summer Time

12 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field

18 - Dearborn, MI - Ford Field

20 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium

24, 25 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium

September 2013

20 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock In Rio

October 2013

25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena

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