Richie Sambora to leave Bon Jovi tour

FILE - In this June 18, 2009 file photo, musicians Jon Bon Jovi, right, and musician Richie Sambora from the rock band Bon Jovi, attend the 40th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

April 28, 2011 4:48:07 PM PDT
Bon Jovi announced that Richie Sambora will miss dates on its current tour amid reports that the guitarist is heading to rehab.

In a statement released Thursday, the group said its support for Sambora was "absolute" and that he remained a member of the band. But it also said he would miss an undetermined number of concerts and that it looked forward to his "healthy return."

Neither the band nor its publicist would confirm or deny reports that Sambora planned to enter rehab. He went to rehab a few years ago.