In response to questions about guitarist Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi's upcoming live engagements, the band released the following statement a few hours ago:

"The support for Richie from us is total. He is, and will continue to be, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from concerts to come, we all look forward to his return to the stage in good health. In the meantime we will keep our commitments to the fans by continuing the tour as planned".

Out of respect for Richie, Bon Jovi will make no further statements.

The band led by Jon Bon Jovi is currently engaged in some concerts in the United States and is expected in Europe starting on 8 June, when the Bon Jovi Open Air Tour 2011 will make its debut in Zagreb. The date with the Italian public is at the Udine Stadium on Sunday 17 July, where 35,000 fans have already secured their places.


Bon Jovi - European Tour

8th June Maximir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia

10th June Ostragehege, Dresden, Germany

12th June Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany

15th June Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo, Norway

17th June Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland

19th June Horsens Stadium, Horsens, Denmark

22nd June Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, UK

24th June Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, UK

25th June Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, London, UK

27th June Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium, UK

29th June RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

30th June RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

8th July Kazlicesme Festival Site, Istanbul, Turkey

10th July Piata Constitutiei, Bucharest, Romania

13th July Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany

14th July Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich, Switzerland

16th July Maimarktgelande, Mannheim, Germany

17th July Frilui Stadium, Udine, Italy

20th July Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece

22nd July Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria

24th July Zeebrugge Beach, Bruges, Belgium

27th July Estadio Olympico, Barcelona, Spain

29th July Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain

31st July Parque De Belavista, Lisbon, Portugal


Milan 24 March 2011

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