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27th June 2013

who needs richie

Why are stadium filling rock gods Bon Jovi giving away half price tickets?

Maybe because Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi's much loved guitarist, backing vocalist, co-writer and co-producer was unable to join the 'Because We Can' tour in April. At the time Jon Bon Jovi claimed he had less than 6 hours notice of Richie's non attendance and was left pulling strings at the last minute to co-ordinate Phil X to join the tour instead. Richie wanted to join the tour at the start of June but alledgedly Jon prevented it.

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Jon then made a public statement saying it was becoming more and more difficult to remain quiet about Richie's absence, apart from clearly saying that the issue preventing Richie joining the tour was an issue he 'had faced before' leading many people to conclude that Jon was hinting Richie had attended rehab instead of joining the tour in April. He also commented that 'Richie was not as essential to Bon Jovi as, say, The Edge is to U2'.

This led Richie to reply with an email to Jon recommending he 'Hire the Edge'. Richie also suggested Jon was actively preventing him joining the tour as Jon wanted to see how he would get on selling out stadiums without Richie being part of the deal.

Has all this squabbling and point scoring public put downs led fans to abandon this year's tour? Last month Jon announced a free show in Spain, citing it as an appreciation from him of the difficult economic times fans in Spain are living through and that fans may be short of disposable income to spend on tickets for gigs. It was noted the gig was not a sell out and had struggled to attract a full audience. Now we note that next week's Hampden gig is advertised on the discount savings site Groupon at a 50% discount for a 'general admission standing' ticket. So far 1,136 tickets have been sold which outlines clearly the size of attendance deficit that Bon Jovi were carrying until the assisted selling with Groupon.

If you are wanting to go to the gig then you can get your half price tickets for £32.50 only here:

So far it looks like Richie has the answer to his stadium conundrum - no Richie and Jon together, no sell out tour.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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