The rock band Bon Jovi has fired Richie Sambora, the band’s longtime lead guitarist, and Sambora will not be on hand for the upcoming world tour, according to media reports.
The Toronto Star reports that Sambora hasn’t played with the band since spring. The reason being cited is money: Sambora is reportedly demanding $2 million a month to play with the group.
"Sambora’s substitute is Canadian Philip Xenidis, also known as Phil X, who filled in for Sambora several times before when he was unavailable," the story reports. "According to sources, Xenidis comes a lot cheaper than Sambora. He is reportedly getting paid a substantially smaller sum of $10,000 per month."
With Phil X in Sambora’s place, the band is headed to South America for tour dates in September, with North America on tap for October and December.