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Bon Jovi on Richie Sambora: He stopped showing up to work

By Madeleine Marr

mmarr@miamiherald.com

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This rocker will never say die.

Jon Bon Jovi is headed out on tour in support of his latest album “This House is Not For Sale.” The 20 shows kick off Feb. 8 in Greenville, S.C., and hit South Florida’s BB&T Center in Sunrise Feb. 12.

The record, to be released Nov. 4, reunites Bon Jovi with his old bandmate Richie Sambora, who left in 2013.

The “It’s My Life” singer recently told “Entertainment Tonight” that there was no bad blood between the two: “I said it from day one: We had no ill will. He just didn’t show up for work anymore.”

The musician also touched briefly on his July encounter with Lourdes Valentin, the talent at a friend’s Key Biscayne wedding. Valentin called Bon Jovi up on stage for a duet of the band’s 1986 hit “Livin’ on A Prayer.”

“I sort of just shook my head and said, ‘Oh, you’re going to be a unique version,’ Bon Jovi laughed.

Pre-sale tickets for American Express members go on sale 10 a.m. Monday; tickets for all other folks go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. With your purchase, you get a free album. More info: www.bonjovi.com/tour

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