Jon Bon Jovi says Richie Samb­ora never told him he was leav­ing their band

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Richie, 57, quit Bon Jovi sud­denly three years ago and front­man Jon in­sists that it came com­pletely out of the blue and there was no con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the band­mates be­fore he left. Speak­ing on ‘Good Morn­ing Amer­ica’, Jon, 54, said: “Ev­ery­one says, ‘Well, what hap­pened?’ We were in Cal­gary. The last al­bum was en­ter­ing the charts at num­ber one. We’re sold out ev­ery sin­gle night. It’s show 21 and the short of it is, Richie just didn’t show up at the show. “And we haven’t seen him in per­son since. There was no fight. There was no money. There was noth­ing I swear in my whole ca­reer, and he’ll tell you the same thing. So we went on.” Jon pre­vi­ously in­sisted he and band­mates Tico Tor­res and David Bryan don’t have any ill will to­wards Richie. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to BANG Show­biz, Jon said: “Sure. It is sad for ev­ery­body but to con­tinue to have to re­it­er­ate be­ing in a rock band is not a life sen­tence. One day he chose to take a dif­fer­ent path and there is no ill will. There was never a fight, it was never money. There was never any of that stuff. He just didn’t show up for work.” Richie now has a new band RSO with his girl­friend Ori­anthi and he still plays Bon Jovi songs. He pre­vi­ously said: “I wrote them, they’re my songs too. I get to play them, I get to do them the way Ori and I do them now. It’s a dif­fer­ent in­car­na­tion but when you write a good song, if you’re for­tu­nate enough to write some­thing that gets to a global au­di­ence you re­ally can’t mess it up too bad. You can’t mess ‘Livin’On A Prayer,’ ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ or ‘I’ll Be There For You’ up.”

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