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Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora sidelined for tour because of 'personal issues'

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Richie Sambora Credit: Richie Sambora (Getty Images)

Richie Sambora is taking some time off.

The Bon Jovi guitarist will not perform on the upcoming leg of the band’s Because We Can Tour “due to personal issues,” the group said on its website Wednesday, adding: “All shows will go on as scheduled.”

The upcoming leg wraps on April 25 in San Jose, Calif., so Sambora is not expected to miss this summer’s NYC-area shows on July 24 and 25 at MetLife Stadium.

No further information on Sambora’s “personal issues” was released.

The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse in the past and spent time in rehab a few times, most recently in 2011.

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