Richie Sambora to miss part of Bon Jovi tour for "personal issues"

OCEANSIDE, CA - AUGUST 19: Richie Sambora performs after donateing guitars to U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton on August 19, 2011 in Oceanside, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for BWR)
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Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour.

The band, on its website, cited "personal issues." The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given.

Hours before the announcement late Tuesday, Sambora tweeted that he was "Watching more of the 'Every Road Leads Home To You' cover videos." That was a reference to a fan contest promoting a song on his solo album, "Aftermath of the Lowdown."

The 53-year-old has struggled with substance abuse and has done several stints in rehab.

Bon Jovi is slated to perform in Edmonton, Canada, on Wednesday and the current leg of the tour is scheduled to end April 25 in San Jose, California.

Last month, Bon Jovi released the new album, "What About Now."