Most people know who Richie Sambora is. He's the Bon Jovi guitarist and former husband of Heather Locklear. He then went on to shag...

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Richie Sambora, a founding member of Bon Jovi, has been fired from the group's tour and been replaced on lead guitar, according to a new report.

Sambora was canned and replaced on lead guitar by Philip "Phil X" Xenidis, and the alleged reason for the move is a simple, time-honored one:


Sambora, who's been in the band for 30 years, gets $2 million a month plus 20 percent of profits. Xenidis makes $10,000 a month, with no profit share.

That's a lot of extra cash to spread among the other four members, but did he really get the boot from the legendary rock band for that reason alone?

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Is there tension among the two key members of Bon Jovi?

The band left a statement on its official website today that said its founding guitarist will not be joining his colleagues on tour this spring. It reads:

"Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."

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No other details have been made available, but an insider compares Sambora's feud with Jon Bon Jovi to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, telling TMZ there is contention over both money and how Jon treats Richie.

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It might not cause quite the online stir as Miley Cyrus going blonde, but Richie Sambora has also dyed his hair.

The Bon Jovi guitarist showed off the new 'do earlier this month via Twitter, posting the photo below along with the caption:

"Just trying something new for a bit. I don't have to look at me, you do. I don't feel any different."

Richie Sambora Blonde Hair

Feedback on the color wasn't exactly positive for the ex-boyfriend of both Heather Locklear and Denise Richards, however, prompting Sambora to add:

"It's just f-n hair."

What do you think of the fresh look?


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For Denise Richards, Richie Sambora now gives love a bad name.

The on-again/off-again couple, which reunited in November after first dating in 2007, are now off agains, Celebuzz confirms, following a major fight in Tennessee this month.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Photo

The blow-up took place not long before Sambora was scheduled to present at the CMT awards on June. But he ended up canceling after his relationship headed south and Richards walked the red carpet alone.

“It’s over,” an insider says. “They had an epic argument in Nashville and Denise told Richie she couldn’t continue the relationship any longer."

The only question now remaining: when will Denise and Charlie Sheen inevitably get back together?


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Denise Richards is back together with her ex-boyfriend Richie Sambora, according to reports. The two enjoyed a brief romance about five years ago.

“They are dating again,” a source close to the couple revealed.

Richards, 40, and Sambora, 52, dated in 2006 following their divorces from Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear, respectively, but broke up in 2007.

Now it seems like the pair have reconciled again.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

They were seen at Tatsuki sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sunday: “They were there over an hour and they had the whole place to themselves.”

Denise and Richie walked by a tattoo parlor on the way out of the restaurant and he joked to Denise, “What do ya think, should I get one?” and she laughed.

“It is serious but they are trying to keep it low key,” the source said.

Here's hoping it's true, and that they're happy, in any case!


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Richie Sambora is out of rehab and ready to get back into the business of rock 'n roll.

The Bon Jovi guitarist checked into a treatment facility in April because he had been "drinking too much," a source said at the time.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

But he's a free man now and the long-time rocker touched down in New York City last night. He will soon take off for Croatia. That's where Bon Jovi plays on Wednesday night as parts of its European tour. We wish Sambora a full recovery.


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Richie Sambora is checking into rehab, according to reports.

The guitar great is coming off a highly successful tour with Bon Jovi, but will be checking into a rehab facility for exhaustion and to regain his sobriety.

Richie Sambora on Stage

He spent time at Cirque Lodge in Utah in 2007 after his marriage to Heather Locklear unraveled, he split with girlfriend Denise Richards and his father died of lung cancer. That's a lot in such a short period of time. But why now?

”Richie recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together," a source told Radar Online, saying the band is supportive of the decision.

"Richie has had a busy year," a close friend said. "I think this was a culmination of all the things that overloaded his life, and he needs to care of himself.”

It was not immediately clear how Sambora's treatment will affect his role in Bon Jovi, which will continue to tour the U.S. and Europe this summer.

Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery back to health.

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Richie Sambora has plea bargained his way out of his DUI case, pleading no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

The driving under the influence charges were dismissed, and prosecutors did not file child endangerment charges against the Bon Jovi guitarist.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

Sambora was popped for DUI last month while his 10-year-old daughter Ava was in the car. Sambora had a .13 blood alcohol level.

Although the brass at the Laguna Beach Police Department recommended that prosecutors file child endangerment charges, the rank and file cops who busted Sambora felt the evidence didn't support that. Prosecutors agreed.

Richie Sambora's contribution to our celebrity mug shot gallery.

Sambora had one of the most effective criminal defense lawyers on his side - Blair Berk, who has repped many celebs like Mel Gibson to Lindsay Lohan.

The stars also aligned in his favor: prosecutor Dennis Conway is considered pretty fair and therefore didn't file child endangerment just to get some PR.

Furthermore, judge Craig Robison didn't do the whole "I'm so frickin' tough with celebrities" act we've seen others pull (the Paris Hilton case comes to mind).

Richie Sambora will pay a $390 fine plus penalties - total damage around $1,600. He'll be placed on three years' probation and must attend an alcohol education course. He cannot drink or do drugs during his probation.

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After being popped for drunk driving this week in Laguna Beach, it looks as if Richie Sambora could be criminally charged with child endangerment as well.

The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested for DUI with his 10-year-old daughter Ava in the car, along with another juvenile and another adult - a woman.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

This doesn't bode well for the 48-year-old rocker.

If Sambora is proven to have been drunk at the time he was pulled over (11 p.m. Tuesday), he could be charged with endangering the kids.

Police sources say Richie Sambora has not been charged with endangerment but the Laguna Beach P.D. is "actively investigating" the case.

Richie Sambora and family in happier times.

On another note, police sources report that, after Sambora was busted, the cops called Heather Locklear, Ava's mother and Richie's former wife.

Heather authorized the woman in the car to drive her daughter home.

Check out Richie Sambora and the esteemed company he now keeps in The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of celebrity mug shots.

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Officially joining the illustrious celebrity mug shot club last night, Richie Sambora was arrested for DUI in Laguna Beach, Calif. Nice work man!

Law enforcement sources say the 48-year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was pulled over by the Laguna Beach police just before 11:00 p.m. last night.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

Cops observed him driving erratically in a black Hummer and pulled him over. He failed numerous field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

At the station Richie Sambora opted to take a blood test rather than blow into a breathalyzer. Laguna Beach PD say there's no indication of drugs.

Richie Sambora was released around 4:00 a.m. this morning.

There was a female passenger in the car at the time of the arrest, but, TMZ reports this afternoon that "she's not a celebrity." Rumors, currently unconfirmed, have indicated that the female in question may be Sambora's daughter, Ava, 10.

In 2007, Richie had not one, but two stints in rehab.

Gosh. And here we thought we knew Richie. What would Lauren Conrad think of Heather Locklear's ex driving like a madman through her hometown? Just be glad Sambora didn't go all Mel Gibson on any law enforcement peeps afterwards ...

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