Rocker Richie Sambora has lashed out at his bandmate Jon Bon Jovi, urging the frontman to stop discussing his decision to bow out of the group's current world tour.
The guitarist pulled out of Bon Jovi's North American shows in April (13), citing a "personal matter". He subsequently extended his break and will miss the upcoming European and South African legs of the band's Because We Can trek.
In a recent interview, Jon Bon Jovi gave an enigmatic answer as to why Sambora was struggling to fulfil his commitments, saying, "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."
Now Sambora has warned his longtime bandmate to keep quiet about the hiatus, and even accuses the singer of suggesting he is not an essential part of Bon Jovi performances.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I don't have any major problems in life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line.
"My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash-talking! Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine working very hard on my fashion company Nikki Rich and this is a private matter."