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Bon Jovi will bring their “Because We Can” tour to Omaha on Monday at the CenturyLink Center.(Photo by David Bergman)


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Bon Jovi show to go on without Sambora
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Bon Jovi kicked off another leg of its 49-city, international tour this week.

On Monday, the band hits CenturyLink Center Omaha for the first time since 2010.

Unfortunately, guitarist Richie Sambora won't be with the band. Sambora is missing the current leg of the band's tour due to “personal issues,” according to the group's website. The site also said that "any ticket purchaser who would like a refund can do so before show time."

Despite the band's post, the concert promoter has not yet made a decision about refunds, according to a spokeswoman for the CenturyLink Center

Canadian guitarist Phil X will join Bon Jovi on the road. He subbed for Sambora in the past when Sambora entered rehab and missed several Bon Jovi concert dates.

"Thank you everyone for your concern," Sambora tweeted after the announcement. "I'm well, but had to stay in LA to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you very soon."

If you go:

Who: Bon Jovi
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
Tickets: $19.50 to $149.50 at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations, the CenturyLink Center box office or 800-745-3000
Information: www.centurylinkcenteromaha.com or 402-341-1500

The “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin' On a Prayer” band named its tour Because We Can after the lead single from Bon Jovi's new album, “What About Now,” which was released last month.

The album has social commentary on the economy, unemployment and other issues.

“'What About Now' and 'I'm With You' are rousingly vague got-your-back anthems. But the songs also have a countrified contemplative side,” said a review in Rolling Stone. “On 'Because We Can,' the working-class heroes are a couple trying to save their marriage, and 'What's Left of Me' decries the passing of punk club CBGB ą la Springsteen lamenting Giants Stadium.”

As usual, Bon Jovi's tour has promised a bigger-than-ever production that fans will love.

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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