After 30 years in the music business, Jon Bon Jovi has had it with musicians who show up late to their own concerts.
In an his interview with the London Evening Standard, the “Livin' on a Prayer” singer called out pop star Justin Bieber out for arriving two hours late to a U.K. show in March.
According to the interview, Jon said that Bieber and other musicians who repeatedly make their fans wait are “disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives.”
The Bon Jovi frontman, who is known for keeping a tight concert schedule, had news for all the perpetually-tardy musicians out there, saying, “It’s really not cool…” and continuing with a few more choice words.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is busy touring in Europe, but the band is missing one member, with guitarist Richie Sambora having bowed out of the tour last month for personal reasons.
Jon told the Standard that it was getting harder to keep quiet about the situation, leading the paper to speculate about Sambora’s issues with alcohol abuse that kept him from the band’s 2011 tour.
Due to the guitarist's past troubles, Bon Jovi explained to the Daily Mirror that the night Sambora didn't turn up to the band's gig in Calgary, the other band members were prepared to keep pushing on. The singer also stated that Richie can return whenever he's ready.
"We go back 30 years. He can return when he is ready to die every night the way I walk on the stage. It’s different without Richie. No one’s mad, no one’s sad," Jon Bon Jovi told the Daily Mirror. "But fortunately because we had been through it before we performed that night. We couldn’t let down the fans.”
Until that time, Bon Jovi will continue making their way across Europe before returning to the States for several shows in July.
Here is a list of U.S. tour dates:
For more info on Bon Jovi’s upcoming tour, visit their official website.
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