Jon Bon Jovi Slams Justin Bieber And Hints At Sambora Problem

05/22/2013
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Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi shared his strong negative opinion of a recent Justin Bieber controversy and also hinted at the reason why guitarist Richie Sambora missed the band's tour.

Bon Jovi spoke with Evening Standard ahead of the band's music festival appearance at Hyde Park on July 5th and addressed two recent controversies; Justin Bieber taking the stage two hours late at a recent London concert and Sambora's absence from Bon Jovi's latest tour.

The veteran frontman didn't appear too shocked at the Bieber controversy. He told the paper, "Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new.

"They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid's case, 80 minutes of their lives.

"Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won't have you back. Then it just becomes a clichι. It's really not cool — you're an a**hole. Go to f***in' work!"

On a topic much closer to home, Bon Jovi hinted that Sambora's reason for skipping their latest tour may have been for a similar reason to the guitarist's 2011 absence when he missed those dates while in a rehab for alcohol issues.

He said: "It's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something... Because all I can say is this — it's for personal reasons. He's been through it before, fortunately for us the same guy who filled in last time was available this time. Read the Standard's full report for more.

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