Bon Jovi has issued a brief statement saying that guitarist Richie Sambora will not appear on the bands upcoming string of tour dates.

Last night's show in Calgary (April 2) started 45 minutes late, after which singer Jon Bon Jovi told the audience that "Richie Sambora won't be performing for awhile."

The statement went on to say that Sambora has 'personal issues' and that he wouldn't be performing for awhile.

The only other news we have at this time is that Sambora is not in jail or the hospital.