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."
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).
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.
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
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
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
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
20 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Rock In Rio
25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena