BON JOVI guitarist RICHIE SAMBORA apparently needs a lot more time to deal with his mysterious "personal matter" . . . because the band has announced that he will NOT be joining them for their upcoming international dates.
This stretch begins Tuesday in South Africa . . . and runs through July 5th in England. It's unclear if Richie will be back for the U.S. dates later this summer.
Richie abruptly left the tour for "personal reasons" in early April. There's been speculation that he may have fallen off the wagon . . . but either way, JON BON JOVI insists that Richie is "absolutely still a member of the band."
Watch Richie Sambora Solo on Bon Jovi's - I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU - Lubbock, Texas -